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Masterson shelled as Tribe loses to Reds

By Sheldon Published: March 5, 2012


GOODYEAR: It was only his first outing of the spring, so neither Justin Masterson nor manager manager Manny Acta were concerned that the staff ace gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings, as the Tribe lost 12-7 to the Reds today.

""Power guys usually take a little longer,'' Acta said of Masterson's inability to command his sinker. ""He was not that far off. Cincinnati took advantage of the hitters' counts.''

Masterson got off to a slow start last spring but posted a 12-10 record and 3:21 earned-run average during the season. Moreover, a lack of run support probably cost him four or five more wins.

""Some of my pitches didn't do what they were supposed to do,'' Masterson said. ""But I'd say my feel for the sinker is more than halfway there. I threw a bunch of fastballs. Usually I threw the ball the way I like to. Except for a few pitches, if this had been a bullpen session, I would be very happy with it.''

Acta was satisfied with the workmanship of only two pitchers.

""Unfortunately, except for (Zach) McAllister and (Derek) Lowe, guys got behind in the count,'' the manager said. ""You can't do that in Arizona, where the ground is hard.''

Carlos Santana led the attack with a three-run homer, and Juan Diaz had two hits, including a triple, even though he didn't enter the game until thr sixth inning. Michael Brantley led off the game with a triple, and Jason Kipnis doubled.


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