For as hot as the Indians can be offensively at times, today’s doubleheader showed just how equally frigid they can be.
The Indians won the first game of the double-dip, 1-0, thanks to a first-inning solo shot from Jason Kipnis, his fifth of the season.
However, once again, the Indians found themselves in the middle of another umpshow, as second base umpire Brian Knight cost Kipnis an extra RBI when he erroneously called Michael Bourn out. If that wasn’t bad enough, Tribe starter Justin Masterson also appeared to have Ichiro Suzuki picked off as well. The MLB-wide umpiring problem persists. More on this in a bit.
Thankfully, Masterson just let the early gaffes roll off his broad shoulders and cruised. Actually, that might be too modest of an assessment: He was completely and utterly filthy as he carved up a lefty-heavy Yankees lineup (4 H/9 SO/3 BB) en route to the complete-game shutout.
Yankees starter David Phelps made his first career start and was impressive himself (6.2 IN/4 H/ 5 BB/1 HR), utilizing a wicked changeup that had Tribe hitters baffled all game. But he was no match for a locked-in Masterson.
Game two, however, was a much different story. The Yankees cruised to a 7-0 victory, thanks in no small part to Nick Hagadone’s continuing struggles in a back-breaking six-run seventh inning.
Trevor Bauer bobbed and weaved in and out of trouble (6 IN/3 R (2 ER)/4 SO/3 BB), pitching well enough to win. But with an offense that has a bad case of the Mondays, it wasn’t nearly enough. Already trailing by what already felt like an insurmountable 2-0 deficit, Hagadone would continue to dump gallons of flammable materials onto the smouldering fire in a third of an inning.
Former Lake County Captain Vidal Nuno looked like your typical crafty left-handed veteran in his first start (5 IN/3 H/3 SO/3 BB). Using his curveball and changeup, he kept the Tribe off-balance. The Tribe had chances early to dent Nuno, but he always came up with the pitch he needed to escape harm.
The umpiring took another hit when the Tribe was attempting a last-ditch effort to get back into the game. Second base umpire Dan Iassagna missed a call that should’ve had the first two runners on in the inning. It likely would’ve been no more than window dressing on the final score if the call was made correctly, but something needs to be done.
If you’re the Indians, you’re probably happy with a split with the bats being generally useless. And if I’m Nick Hagadone, I’m probably not expecting to see much action, if any, with the big club for a while.
Game 1: W: Justin Masterson (6-2); L: David Phelps (1-2); Player of the Game: Justin Masterson
Game 2: W: Vidal Nuno (1-0); L: Trevor Bauer (1-2); S: Adam Warren (1); Player of the Game: Vidal Nuno