Masterson, Indians top Brewers 10-3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Justin Masterson continued his dominating spring and the offense broke out of its lull as the Indians broke a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 win over Milwaukee.
Masterson finished the spring by limiting the Brewers to a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander also struck out five and walked two. In 24 2/3 innings and six starts, Masterson allowed only three earned runs and had an ERA of 1.09 while striking out 25 and walking six. His next start will be in Monday’s opener at Oakland.
"I feel like I’m as ready as we can. You never know until you actually get there," Masterson said. "I got some good work in today. I worked on the sinker and powering it through."
The Indians’ offense, which didn’t score a run in Tuesday’s loss to Texas, had 17 hits and were 9 of 18 with runners in scoring position. Four players had two hits, including Michael Brantley, who was 2 for 2 with a triple. Brantley is batting .522 on the spring and has 12 RBI.
"Regardless of what he does on Opening Day he’s a good hitter. He’s gotten stronger and is a typical good player that you see him getting better and that bodes well for us," said Francona of Brantley.
Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher each had two hits and also had solo home runs while Jason Kipnis was 2 for 3 with two RBI.
The Tribe’s final game in Arizona is on Thursday in Scottsdale against the Diamondbacks. They will depart after the game for San Diego, where they will play the Padres on Friday and Saturday.
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