White Sox 1, Indians 0
All Justin Masterson could do was tip his cap.
The Cleveland Indians right-hander allowed just one run in his
first complete game of the year, but was bested by Jake Peavy as
the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 1-0 on Wednesday night.
”We battled, but he kept us down,” Masterson said. ”I was
able to keep it close enough, except for that one in the first.
Unfortunately, he was just a little bit better.”
Masterson (5-2) yielded just five hits and struck out eight, but
an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly in the first inning was enough to tag
him with his second loss of the year.
”Hats off to Jake Peavy,” he said. ”It’s still disappointing.
What sticks in your mind is that first run. I was good, but that
Juan Pierre led off the game with a double and advanced to third
on 44-year old Omar Vizquel’s single. Dunn then hit a sacrifice fly
to drive him in.
”I kinda got beat on a couple sinkers there,” Masterson
recalled. ”Juan Pierre, sinker away, stayed on the same plane and
he did a good job hustling to second base. That’s what helped them
out to get that run, he took that extra base.”
Peavy (1-0) pitched a three-hitter in his home debut, striking
out eight to cool off a Cleveland lineup that scored 31 runs in its
three previous games. The 29-year old right-hander had his fifth
career shutout and ninth complete game. He only allowed one runner
past first base, did not walk anyone and threw 111 pitches. Peavy
finished the 2-hour, 1-minute game by striking out Michael Brantley
and Asdrubal Cabrera.
”Anytime that happens, everybody on the offense feels
horrible,” said Shelley Duncan, who was 0 for 3 with two
strikeouts. ”When you see a pitcher pitch his (rear) off and you
don’t get any runs for him, it’s a horrible feeling for
Peavy was making his second start since having shoulder surgery
10 months ago. In his first game, he gave up four runs and seven
hits over six innings during a 6-4 win in Los Angeles last
”I don’t know what to expect coming off this surgery and I
don’t know how good I can be and if I can get back, but that’s a
lot of what I used to do tonight,” Peavy said. ”I expect to win
and that’s the bottom line.”
The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was spectacular in his first
appearance at U.S. Cellular Field since July 6, 2010, when he left
with detached a muscle in his right shoulder.
Shin-Soo Choo was the only hitter that gave Peavy problems. He
was 2 for 4 with two singles. Peavy got Travis Buck to ground out
to end the seventh, stranding Choo at second.
In the eighth, Peavy got help from Brent Lillibridge, who made a
sliding catch on the left-center warning track to rob Orlando
Cabrera of extra bases.
NOTE: Indians DH Travis Hafner was a late scratch with soreness
in his right side. Indians manager Manny Acta said it happened
while taking batting practice. Hafner will be reevaluated at the