GOODYEAR, Ariz.: How well did Justin Masterson pitch?
Masterson gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in five innings, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Indians 7-5 at Goodyear Ballpark tonight.
But those numbers hardly tell the accurate story of Masterson’s outing. An error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the second inning and another by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the fourth gave Arizona four unearned runs.
Adding to the respectability of Masterson’s outing was the fact that he struck out seven, including Jason Kubel three times. He also retired five batters on grounds balls, and it would have been seven if not for the errors.
The offensive highlight for the Tribe was Mark Reynolds’ titanic home run that cleared the left-center field scoreboard, the top of which rises about 60 feet above the grassy seating area. There was no way to get an accurate reading of the home run’s distance, but it’s safe to say it traveled at least 460 feet.
Reynolds hit the blast in the sixth inning with Carlos Santana on base.
Joe Smith and Rich Hill each pitched a scoreless inning. Altogether, Tribe pitchers struck out 12.