Nothing is more important than victory in the big leagues. The minor leagues are for development. In the big leagues, the focus of every organization should be on winning as many games as possible. Indians manager Manny Acta knows exactly what that means, but he saw something bigger in the Indians' last two games over the weekend in St. Louis. He saw Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, his No. 1 and No. 2 starters, put together consecutive strong starts. "It was rewarding," said Acta. "Regardless of the outcome, I was going to be a happy camper because both of them had good back-to-back outings. That's what I've been looking for." Acta was doubly rewarded Sunday when the Indians rallied for a 4-1 victory in the ninth inning after Jimenez allowed one run, no walks with a season-high seven strikeouts in a seven-inning no-decision. It was the first time in 12 starts he hasn't walked a batter. In Saturday's 2-0 loss, Masterson allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. Like Jimenez, he did not walk a batter for just the second time in 13 starts this year.
Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez limiting walks
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 12