Wed. April 3rd (Toronto)
Tribe 3, Blue Jays 2 ( F/11)
The Cleveland Indians are 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Starting pitching was the big question mark for this team entering the season and I know it's only 2 games into a long season, but so far so good for the Tribe.
Justin Masterson went 6 innings Tuesday, only giving up 1 run and 3 hits.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who has not pitched well for Cleveland, since he came over in a trade in 2011, was great on Wednesday night.
Jimenez, just like Masterson, only gave up 1 run on 3 hits in his first outing of the year. He struck out 6 batters and only walked two. Jimenez threw 103 pitches and 64 were strikes.
The Indians 1-2 punch of Masterson and Jimenez need to each win 15+ games for the Tribe to have a chance to contend late into the season.
Bullpen Looks Sharp
The Tribe Bullpen was good once again, despite closer Chris Perez giving up the game tying home run in the 9th to Jose Bautista.
Joe Smith got his first career save and the entire bullpen has looked good.
Vinnie Pestano, Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw, Matt Albers and Rich Hill have thrown well. Closer Chris Perez was great on opening night, but did give up the homerun to Bautista on Wednesday to send the game to extra innings.
Mark Reynolds first hit - A BIG ONE
The Indians got a LONG HOMERUN from Mark Reynolds, who had struck out twice earlier in the game and hit into a double play.
That's what Mark Reynolds is all about....He will struggled at times and them BOOM a MONSTER homerun.
** Michael Brantley is off to a red hot starting leading baseball with a batting average of .714. Brantley, went 4 for 5 with an RBI on Wednesday night and is so smooth at the plate.
**Remember, Brantley, was the player to be named later in the CC Sabathia deal with the Brewers.