Two swings, and the game was over.
What was a close game turned into a laugher in the span of an inning.
The good news is that Justin Masterson pitched decently against a tough, though right-handed heavy, lineup. Justin threw strikes, just walking one batter, though he did allow 10 hits in his 6.1 innings. It seemed like he decided to trust his stuff, aiming for the plate instead of a specific corner, and living with the consequences. He allowed a run each in the second and third innings, and got lucky when Mike Napoli was called out at home when replays showed he was safe.
It was a close game going into the top of the seventh. The Indians scored a run in the sixth on a double play, and they seemed to be having better at-bats against Texas starter Alexi Ogando. Masterson left with one out in the seventh and two on, as left-handed Josh Hamilton was coming to the plate and the matchup was not favorable. Unfortunately, a grooved fastball negates any percentage play, and that's just what Tony Sipp threw. Hamilton hit a line drive that at first seemed a solid single, but because Hamilton hit it, it clearned the right field fence for three-run homer. Sipp would allow a two-run shot later in the inning. After that, it was
garbage Durbin/Herrmann time.
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