Game over: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
No words can describe this start except for one: AWFUL.
The game ended today when pinch-runner Darnell McDonald over-slid the bag at second base on a ball hit to the infield by J.D. Drew. The ball hit closer Chris Perez and bounded to third baseman Adam Everett, who caught McDonald overrunning second base.
The Indians had terrific pitching today, but the 0-6 Red Sox will go home to play the Yankees after being swept by the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians.
The lack of offense wasted a nice performance by Jon Lester, who went seven innings and struck out nine while walking three.
Bottom 8th: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
A perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Asdrubal Cabrera scored Adam Everett with the go-ahead run. Everett, the former Red Sox, playing third base today, drew a walk from Daniel Bard and then stole second base on a high throw by Saltalamacchia. Orlando Cabrera then sacrificed him to third and the other Cabrera shocked everyone with a nicely placed bunt toward third. Youkilis threw him out, but the run had scored.
Top 8th: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Red Sox squandered a chance here. They put two runners on base after a Scutaro single and an Ellsbury walk. But Crawford and Pedroia couldn't get the ball out of the infield.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Indians had their chance after Duncan led off the 7th with a double to the leftcenter gap. The Indians couldn't get him in. Austin Kearns couldn't get the sac bunt down and wound popping up to Saltalamacchia, who made a nice diving grab behind the plate. Lester then induced a pair of grounders. He's probably done. He's thrown 110 pitches. Carmona is done after seven as well. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out four and threw 109 pitches.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
The good news is, the Red Sox aren't losing. The bad news is, they've manage two hits against Fausto Carmona in six innings. The good news is, Jon Lester has also allowed two hits over six innings. Lester is throwing his fastball at 91-92. Who knows if the gun is slow here, but so far Lester is getting away with it.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Jon Lester and Fausto Carmona are engaged in a nice pitchers duel here at Progressive Field. Lester has made a nice comeback from Opening Day in Texas when he alowed six earned runs and six hits over 5-1/3 innings. Lester is a slow starter, but seems to have much better command (having said that he just walked Carlos Santana abd Shelley Duncan, though Santana was thrown out stealing). Carmona is very nasty. One would think he'd be a pitcher a contending team may make a bid for before the trading deadline.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
When you're going this badly you can't even get the calls. Jacoby Ellsbury looked as if he had avoided the tag and got to the second base bag ahead of Asdrubal Cabrera's tag on Carl Crawford's ground ball to first base. Matt LaPorta fielded the ball and threw to second base. Replays showed Ellsbury made the base ahead of the tag. The Sox put two runners on base with one out. Marco Scutaro walked and Ellsbury singled to center. Crawford's grounder and Dustin Pedroia's flyball to center, ended the threat against Fausto Carmona.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
The noon time special is underway here at Progressive Field. Little fog around the ballpark, but nothing like the game I covered here in 1986 when Oil Can Boyd made our night with one of the greatest lines ever uttered by a baseball player - "That's what they get for building a ballpark on the ocean."
Crowds of just over 9,000 the past two nights. May have a few more here today. Not one Red Sox player requested a ticket for family or friends here today and that hasn't happened in years for a road game. Either the Red Sox don't want anyone watching them, or watching a game here is a tough sell.
The Red Sox probably need to win today to avoid a very awkward homestand that starts with the Yankees tomorrow at Fenway.
Both pitchers - Jon Lester and Fausto Carmona - pitched 1-2-3 first innings.