Game over: Red Sox 7, Indians 2
Red Sox struck out 16 times and walked nine times, first time that’s ever happened in a nine-inning game. But they won before 9,143 at Progressive Field. They scored seven runs in the second inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, who walked five in the inning, and that was it. In fact, the Red Sox scored more runs than they had hits. The game was played in 3:30.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: A Mike Carp sighting. He pinch-hit in the ninth for Daniel Nava, who had struck out four times. Carp also fanned. The Red Sox struck out 16 times and walked nine times.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Alex Wilson gets an inning of work and retires the Indians in order.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Sox go down 1-2-3.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: An embarrassing crowd of 9,143 at Progressive Field. A 1-2-3 inning for Mortensen.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Daniel Nava struck out for the fourth time. we saw former Sox lefty Rich Hill, who throws over the top now.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: Clayton Mortensen came on to relieve Doubront and allowed a hit and walk before striking out Drew Stubbs to end the threat.
Top 6th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: A couple of Nick Hagadone curveballs did in Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli (strikeouts) after Shane Victorino walked.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Indians 2: An all too-typical outing for Doubront – five innings 104 pitches, two runs, seven strikeouts and four walks. Just can’t seem to economize. The Indians loaded the bases with one out on a pair of singles and a walk. Doubront struck out Carlos Santana, but he seemed to cross up David Ross who missed a fastball that went off the top of his glove scoring the second Indians run.
Top 5th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: Cody Allen struck out two Red Sox to complete a very good long relief stint for the Tribe.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: Doubront walked Mark Reynolds with one out, but pitched well out of the stretch to get Brantley and Aviles.
Top 4th: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: Dustin Pedroia managed a single, but that was all.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: Doubront struck out three in the inning, but also walked Asdrubal Cabrera.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: The Red Sox got hits from Gomes and Ross but couldn’t add to their lead.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 7, Indians 1: The Indians put runners at first and third after a single to center by Nick Swisher and a single to right by Mickey Brantley with one out. former Red Sox Mike Aviles lined a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Indians on the scoreboard. Felix Doubront struck out Lonnie Chisenhall to get out of the inning.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 7, Indians 0: The Red Sox took advantage of Jimenez’s control problems to score seven runs.
After Napoli led off with a double to the gap in right, Middlebrooks, Gomes and Ross walked to force in a run. Ciriaco lined to right and Middlebrooks tagged up and scored. Ellsbury followed with RBI single to center.
Victorino walked to load the bases. Pedroia then walked to force in a run and Jimenez was lifted by Terry Francona, who really had no choice.
Cody Allen came in and Napoli greeted him with a three-run double to center field that hit the wall.
Nick Cafardo will take over the updates from here.
End of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0: The Red Sox went in order on the grounders. The Indians also went in order but Cabrera hit a fly ball to the track in center. It will be interesting to see how Doubront handles 10 days of rest between starts. He missed a start because of the rainout last Friday.
Pre-game: Good evening from Progressive Field, where the tarp was down for a bit. But the game will start on time.
Here’s hoping that following a baseball game will help take on your mind from recent events.