Cleveland entered June with an eight game losing streak, a familiar sight for the Tribe the last few seasons. This has typically been the time Cleveland begins their slow fade towards the cellar of the AL Central. But with all the new faces acquired over the off season, and new manager Terry Francona leading the way, the Indians are now in a first place tie with the Detroit Tigers.
Justin Masterson led the way for the Tribe this afternoon with his complete game shutout of Chicago winning 4-0. This is the first four game sweep of the White Sox since 1948, the last time the Indians won the World Series. The White Sox countered Masterson with their own ace, lefty Chris Sale. The Indians had seven right handed bats in their lineup to try and attack Sale, and their strategy would work as they put together three runs in eight innings against a very tough pitcher.
Masterson was able to get Chicago to ground into four double plays throughout the game to earn his tenth win of the season. With both Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher out of the lineup, the Indians once again stepped up to the challenge. Cleveland's offense got started with a bunt single by the speedster Drew Stubbs, who was then scored by utility man Ryan Raburn who doubled to the left center gap. Yan Gomes also had a great game both behind the plate and offensively. Gomes whipped a ball to first to pick off Alejandro De Aza who had a little too much space between he and the bag.
The Indians will now get a much needed day off tomorrow before their three game road trip versus Kansas City. Cleveland will be in great shape to take another series and continue to put pressure on the defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers.Tags: Baseball, Chris Sale, Cleveland, Cleveland Indians, Justin Masterson, MLB, Terry Francona, White Sox