Game over: Indians 11, Red Sox 0
Well, that was ugly. Back later with a report from the clubhouse. Remember, line up in orderly fashion at the bridges.
Top of the 9th: Indians 11, Red Sox 0
60 — 60! — pitches in that inning for the Sox as Cleveland sent 14 men to the plate.
Bottom of the 8th: Indians 11, Red Sox 0
Joe Nelson faced five batters before getting an out. Trevor Crowe finally grounded into a double play. Choo and Kearns walked to reload the bases before an infield hit by Branyan scored a run.
Now that the draft is over, Theo Epstein needs to turn his attention to turning over this bullpen. The Sox need some help.
Bottom of the 8th: Indians 9, Red Sox 0
How many people in New England just changed the channel to watch something else? Everybody?
Boof Bonser just let the game get out of hand. In his Red Sox debut (and first game since the end of the 2008 season), he allowed a walk, a single, a walk and a single to make it 4-0.
In came Joe Nelson, who allowed an RBI single by Peralta and a grand slam by Hafner. Thanks for coming, drive home safely.
Middle of the 8th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
This is too easy for Masterson at this point. Two more grounders then he struck out Hermida looking at a fastball. He is at 99 pitches (66 srikes) and nobody is warming up for the Tribe. What a performance.
Top of the 8th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Buchholz has now retired nine straight and 12 of the last 13. He did his job tonight. He’s at 107 pitches and it could be time for the Boofer.
Middle of the 7th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Masterson did it again. Youkilis walked with two outs but Martinez grounded to second. He now has 15 ground-ball outs and five strikeouts through seven innings.
Top of the 7th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Buchholz had another 1-2-3 inning and now has retired nine of the last 10 hitters he has faced. His line — 6 3 3 3 4 1 — is fairly decent and he’s be in line for a victory on a lot of nights. But this doesn’t look like one of them.
Middle of the 6th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Hermida walked to start the inning. But Reddick struck out before Scutaro grounded into a double play. The Sox have yet to advance a runner to second base. Masterson has gotten 13 outs on the ground and struck out four. Only three balls have cleared the infield all night.
Top of the 6th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Buchholz walked Marson to start the inning. But he came back strong to leave the runner stranded. he has allowed only three hits but all three led to runs.
Buchholz has thrown 81 pitches. If the Sox can squeeze two more innings out of him, that should not tax the bullpen too much.
Tell you what, these have been three desultory games in Cleveland so far. The combined score through 23 innings is 7-6 Sox.
Middle of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Drew singled to left with one out. A sign of life for the Sox? Nope. Beltre grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Top of the 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 0
Clay Buchholz better hold off on purchasing those All-Star Game tickets for his buddies. Peralta started the inning with a single and took second on a wild pitch. A grounder moved him up to third before another wild pitch gave the Indians a three-run lead.
Middle of the 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 0
Masterson is pitching like he has somewhere to go. He retired the Sox in order again and has put down eight in a row. The Sox have had one man on base in four innings and he has thrown 41 pitches.
Top of the 4th: Indians 2, Red Sox 0
Crowe led off the inning with a triple as Reddick tried to dive for a ball that landed two feet away. The Red Sox seem to dive for a lot of balls they have no chance of catching, don’t they?
Choo walked on four pitches before Kearns bounced into a double play. Branyan then popped up to end the inning.
Middle of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
This is the Justin Masterson the Indians have been waiting for. He retired the Sox in order and through three innings has produced seven outs on groundballs. He has thrown only 35 pitches, 25 for strikes.
Top of the 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 1
Quick inning for Buchholz, who needed only seven pitches to retire the side in order.
Middle of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Martinez singled with one out. But Drew grounded into a force and Beltre grounded to first. Masterson is dealing so far.
Top of the 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0
Rough inning for Buchholz, who was squeezed a bit by Todd Tichenor and paid the price for it.
Crowe started the inning with a single before Choo walked. Branyan walked with one out to load the bases for Peralta, who got ahead 3-0 before hitting a 3-1 pitch to right field for a sacrifice fly. The Sox did not rotate defensively and second base was left unguarded, allowing all three runners to tag up. It didn’t help that Drew air-mailed the cutoff man.
But the Ghost of Travis Hafner grounded to second to end the inning. Buchholz needed 30 pitches to get through the inning, a bad sign. Maybe tonight will be the long-anticipated Red Sox debut of Boof Bonser.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Nice start for Justin Masterson, who retired the side on 10 pitches. Scutaro and Pedroia grounded out before Ortiz struck out. The shadows will favor the pitches for an inning or so here as the sun goes down.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
Welcome to Progressive Field, where’s a perfect night for baseball and two former Portland Sea Dog greats are on the hill as Clay Buchholz faces Justin Masterson.
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