Box Score: Indians 6, Orioles 2

Something tells me the Tribe’s bats will sad to leave the friendly confines of Camden Yards.  Shelley Duncan hit his second home run in as many days, Aaron Cunningham hit his first homer of the season, and Justin Masterson scattered five hits over seven innings to get the win 6-2. All-Star Chris Perez pitched a scoreless 9th (not a save situation!) for the Indians, who improved to 40-38 on the season. Future statue Jim Thome went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his Baltimore debut. The Indians amassed 32 runs and 55 hits over the four game series, which they took from the Orioles three games to one.

The Indians begin a seven-game homestand on Monday against the Angels (three games vs Anaheim, four games vs Tampa Bay). Jered Weaver will start the opener for Anaheim while the Wahoos will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez. First pitch is 7:05 PM.

WP: J. Masterson (5-7)
LP: B. Matusz (5-10)
Scoring Summary
Top 2nd: Cleveland
– S. Duncan homered to deep left center
Top 3rd: Cleveland
– A. Cunningham homered to deep left
Top 4th: Cleveland
– S. Duncan doubled, J. Lopez scored
– C. Kotchman doubled to deep right center, S. Duncan scored
– L. Marson grounded into fielder’s choice, C. Kotchman scored, J. Donald out at second
Bot 5th: Baltimore
– R. Flaherty singled to shallow center, A. Jones scored
Bot 6th: Baltimore
– A. Jones doubled to shallow right center, J.J. Hardy scored
Top 9th: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis singled to shallow left, A. Cabrera scored
S. Choo rf400001003.287
A. Cabrera dh512000101.300
J. Kipnis 2b401101011.275
J. Lopez 3b411000101.257
    J. Hannahan 3b000001000.248
S. Duncan lf423210001.220
    M. Brantley pr-cf000001000.280
C. Kotchman 1b411101003.224
J. Donald ss201002102.191
L. Marson c301100113.286
A. Cunningham cf-lf411110305.171
2B – A Cabrera (19, M Gonzalez); J Lopez (10, B Matusz); S Duncan 2 (8, B Matusz, M Gonzalez); C Kotchman (9, B Matusz); J Donald (1, B Matusz).
HR – S Duncan (6, 2nd inning off B Matusz 0 on, 1 Out), A Cunningham (1, 3rd inning off B Matusz 0 on, 0 Out).
SF – L Marson.
RBI – J Kipnis (47), S Duncan 2 (17), C Kotchman (28), L Marson (6), A Cunningham (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – S Choo 2, S Duncan 1, L Marson 1, A Cunningham 1.
GIDP – J Kipnis, J Lopez, C Kotchman.
Team LOB – 9.
 Base Running
SB – J Kipnis (20, 2nd base off M Gonzalez/R Paulino), L Marson (3, 2nd base off B Matusz/R Paulino).
E – J Donald (3, field).
DP – 1 (L Marson-J Donald).
B. Roberts 2b400000100.182
J.J. Hardy ss411000100.236
C. Davis rf400000201.271
A. Jones cf412100010.302
J. Thome dh400000203.000
W. Betemit 1b401000201.274
R. Flaherty lf301100101.193
R. Paulino c301000100.263
R. Andino 3b300000102.231
2B – A Jones (18, J Masterson).
RBI – A Jones (42), R Flaherty (6).
2-out RBI – A Jones, R Flaherty.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Thome 1, W Betemit 1, R Andino 1.
GIDP – R Flaherty.
Team LOB – 4.
 Base Running
SB – A Jones (11, 2nd base off J Masterson/L Marson).
Outfield assists – C Davis.
PB – R Paulino 2.
DP – 3 (R Paulino-J Hardy-W Betemit, J Hardy-B Roberts-W Betemit, B Roberts-J Hardy-W Betemit).
J. Masterson (W, 5-7)7.05210701.293.92
V. Pestano (H, 19)1.00000201.001.97
C. Perez1.01000201.022.67
B. Matusz (L, 5-10)4.07543221.715.42
M. Gonzalez4.14113501.292.31
K. Gregg0.20001001.574.43
WP – J Masterson.
IBB – M Brantley (by K Gregg).
Pitches-strikes – J Masterson 97-65; V Pestano 11-7; C Perez 14-11; B Matusz 79-50; M Gonzalez 82-50; K Gregg 6-1.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Masterson 11-5; V Pestano 1-0; C Perez 1-1; B Matusz 6-8; M Gonzalez 4-4; K Gregg 1-0.
Batters faced – J Masterson 26; V Pestano 3; C Perez 4; B Matusz 21; M Gonzalez 19; K Gregg 2.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Rob Drake. 1B–Joe West. 2B–Sam Holbrook. 3B–Mike Estabrook.
Weather: 95 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, left to right.




  • FearTheRoo

    Even though he homered today, I still don’t know why Aaron Cunningham is on the team. Masterson hadn’t given up a hit until Cunningham misjudged a play in center field, and on the season is batting .171? ouch. But on a positive note, it’s great to see some offense for a change. I’d say that when Santana is back in the lineup, keep him at 1st and play Marson behind the plate.

  • mgbode

    offense against a LHP at that.
    Kotchman has a better glove, so I’d put Santana at DH some nights to keep Lou active. but, basically rotate him at DH, 1B, C and keep everyone getting their rest nights. should work out pretty well.

  • JNeids

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda swept…oh well. Roll Tribe!

    Agreed on Cunningham – has no business on the major league roster. I’d rather see any other minor leaguer at least given the chance to fail. They literally could not be any worse.

  • Natedawg86

    I would rather see laporta in lf than Cunningham. I was at the game yesterday and it is no better in person. I believe he made 6 of 27 outs yesterday

  • Natedawg86

    Even laporta!!

  • Ritz

    Only problem is LaPorta can’t play CF so that would leave the Tribe without a backup who can play center.

  • Don’t look now, but Masterson’s ERA is back under 4.00.

  • mgbode