The Indians won the first game of the doubleheader against the Yankees behind Justin Masterson’s complete-game shutout.
Masterson became the first Indians pitcher to have two 1-0 complete game wins in a season since 1989 (Bud Black and Greg Swindell). It was the first time the Yankees had been shut out in Progressive Field since 2003. Jason Kipnis provided the Indians with their only run on a first-inning home run.
Here’s a sampling of what manager Terry Francona and Masterson said after the game, when Francona also addressed sending Lonnie Chisenhall to AAA Columbus:
On Masterson: “Masty went out and did exactly what you want your ace to do. They loaded up with their lefties and from the very first pitch of the game he had power, he had a breaking ball, he attacked hitters.”
On if he pondered not letting Masterson pitch the ninth: “No. I just wanted to check with him to make sure he had enough to send him out to finish. He got an extra day (rest). When you pitch a game like that I don’t want to send him out for one or two hitters and then go get him. He said he had yanked a couple sliders earlier, but he had plenty left.”
On sending Chisenhall to the minors: “We gave him those two days off last week because he had kind of struggled getting himself into a rhythm hitting. It felt like the outcome of his at-bats, I think, were starting to affect his play. He even kind of admitted that, he said, ‘It was kind of building on me.’ This guy is such a building block in our organization. This is not an indictment on him. He’s going to figure it out and he’s going to be a force here. I just think it’s better for him right now to go be able to take a deep breath, get some at-bats and get himself rolling. You’ll see him back here, leaning on some fastballs.”
On the complete-game win: “I think it’s nice at the beginning of a doubleheader. I think it’s what every guy who starts a doubleheader wants to do. Just to keep the bullpen out of it so we can be fresh for game number two. I think that’s probably the most satisfying thing. To be a complete game, whether it’s 1-0, 1,500-0 doesn’t matter.”
On to game two.