After 18 innings of shutout baseball, the Indians offense exploded, scoring 13 runs against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians were shutout by outstanding pitching both Friday and Saturday, but Sunday was a different story. The Tribe scored eight runs on 10 hits against Price. Overall, the offense piled up five home runs and 17 hits, six of those for extra bases.
The performance by this offense shows exactly what they are capable of on any day. The numbers they put up on a Cy Young winner proves that they are not out of any game. Mark Reynolds homered twice, while Carlos Santana, Michael Bourn, and Lonnie Chisenhall each had long balls. Chisenhall is going to have a breakout year. He is much more confident coming into this season, and he will have many opportunities to shine in this lineup with who he has in front of him.
The team hit with runners in scoring position and did a complete 180 when it came to hitting previously in the series. It shows a lot when a team can come back from two tough losses and put up 13 runs, while throwing a shut out the other way.
The most important part about this game, in my opinion, was Justin Masterson. For the second consecutive start, Masterson provided a solid outing for the Tribe. He went seven innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight. We know what the offense is capable of, even after getting shut out two games in a row, but this is a very good sign for Tribe fans. If Masterson can continue to provide at least six strong innings, this team can go far. One of the biggest issues with Masterson over the past two seasons was support, and he definitely got that today. I am very pleased with coming home to a .500 record, splitting the road trip against two AL East favorites.