Game over: An awful performance by the Red Sox tonight from Felix Doubront’s fifth inning meltdown to Pedro Ciriaco’s baserunning to the lack of clutch hitting. They drop to three games under .500 for first time since June 11th. The Indians won in 3:13 before 19,639.
Bottom 8th: Indians 5, Red Sox 3 Ezequiel Carerra reached on an infield single to second on a nice diving stop by Ciriaco, who couldn’t pop up and make the throw. Lillibridge followed with a single to left field. Craig Breslow came on to pitch. Kotchman’s sac bunt moved the runners into scoring position. Marson walked and Donald’s fielder’s choice got the insurance run across. Cabrera was walked intentionally to reload the bases for lefthanded hitting Choo. Breslow struck him out.
Top 8th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 How often can you say pathetic? First and second one out and the Sox can’t get a big hit. Gonzalez was hit in the leg with a pitch and left for pinch-runner Nick Punto. After Cody Ross singled, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out for the third time and 101st time this season. Middlebrooks popped to right.
Bottom 7th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 Junichi Tazawa was rolling with two quick outs and then got bogged down with a single by Choo and a walk to Santana. But another trip to the mound by pitching coach Bob McClure seemed to help again, as Tazawa got Brantley to ground out to first base to end Cleveland’s threat.
Top 7th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 Bad, bad baseball. Pedro Ciriaco led off with a double to right off Jimenez. Last batter he faced. Lefty Tony Sipp came on to strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford then knocked into a 6-5-6-4 double-play when his grounder to short caught Ciriacio between second and third. Ciriaco was tagged out in a rundown and Crawford tried to get get to second and was thrown out there.
Bottom 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 Andrew Miller pitched a 1-2-3 inning as he handles the bottom of the Indians order with ease.
Top 6th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 As one scout just pointed out to me, “This team is very easy to pitch to.” Salty, Muiddlebrooks and Aviles were struck out in the sixth by Jimenez., who now has 10 strikeouts.
Bottom 5th: Indians 4, Red Sox 3 The good times didn’t last long for Doubront. With one out, Marson singled and Donald walked. Cabrera then doubled down the left field line scoring Marson. Doubront walked the dangerous Shin-Soo Choo, which wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it did load the bases with one out. Santana took him to 3-2 before stroking a single through the shortstop hole, scoring the tying run. That was all for Doubront. Bobby Valentine summoned Andrew Miller to pitch to lefthanded hitting Michael Brantley, whose sacrifice fly to left got the go-ahead run in for the Tribe. Milelr retired Shelly Duncan with a tapper back to the mound.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Indians 1 Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole second and was driven in by Dustin Pedroia’s single. Ellsbury drew a throw to the plate, which enabled Pedroia to take second base. Jimenez struck Gonzalez out on a 3-2 pitch and Cody Ross flew out to deep right to end the threat.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1 Another rocking chair inning for Doubront as Brantley, Duncan, Lillibridge go down.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Indians 1 Just answered my own question. Yes, the Red Sox are supporting Doubront. After Dustin Pedroia singled, Adrian Gonzalez unloaded his 12th homer to rightfield on a 1-1 pitch that hung up nicely in the strike zone for Gonzalez to put a perfect swing on it. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks also singled but the Sox couldn’t do more with it.
Bottom 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0 Doubront’s first 1-2-3 inning. Looks like he’s settling down, but will he get any support from the Sox offense?
Top 3rd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0 Nothing doing against Jimenez so far. Jimenez has lost four straight starts with an 8.42 ERA. He’s been been pretty awful lately, but the Red Sox are making him look terrific. Pedro Ciriaco, hitting ninth and playing second base, singled with one out, but the rest of Boston’s order went out with a whimper.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0 Doubront pitched to the bottom third of the order and had better success though Casey Kotchman singled through the left side of the infield. Mike Aviles made a nice play deep in the hole and threw out Brent Lillibridge for the first out. No. 9 hitter Lou Marson lined out to right, and Donald, who hit the home run to lead off the game, took a called strike on a 95 mph fastball to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Indians 1, Red Sox 0 Jimenez strikes out the side – Cody Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks go bye-bye.
Bottom 1st: Indians 1, Red Sox 0 Nice way to start things off for Felix Doubront. He surrendered a leadoff homer to the opposite field to Jason Donald, who was a last-minute replacement for Jason Kipnis.Doubront wasn’t fooling anyone, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a deep liner to center for an out and Carlos Santana singled on a hard liner to left before Michael Brantley doubled down the left field line. With runners at second and third, pitching coach Bob McClure visited the mound before Shelley Duncan came up to hit. That seemed to settle down Doubront, who got Duncan ona calle third strike to end the threat.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0 Not sure what more Jacoby Ellsbury can do. He walked vs. Ubaldo Jimenez to open the game, stole second and stole third with one out. Dustin Pedroia, DHing, struck out while Adrian Gonzalez grounded to third base. It’s overcast and we mau get some rain during the course of this game.