The Indians handed Boston their fifth straight loss to start the season, which is giving the Indians a ton of publicity. The media should focus on how well the Indians are doing. They are now 3-2 and are looking for a sweep today at noon.
The Indians got on the board early with a Shin-Soo Choo two run home run. It broke his early season 1-16 slump. It was only a matter of time before Choo broke out of the slump, and last night was that time.
The Sox added two of their own in the top of the second off of a Marco Scutaro single and a Jacoby Ellsbury groundout. Talbot still had runners on second and third, but he forced Carl Crawford to line out to Hannahan at third.
The Indians scored in the bottom of the second off of an Asdrubal Cabrera single which set the score at 3-2. It would stay there until the sixth inning, when the Indians broke the game open.
The Red Sox brought in reliever Dennys Reyes to start the sixth. He went on to bean Travis Buck and Matt LaPorta. The third batter he faced, Jack Hannahan, walked on four pitches.
Reyes’ night ended there and Dan Wheeler entered the game. He faced Michael Brantley with the bases loaded and no one out. Brantley hit a line drive to third base where Kevin Youkilis dropped the ball. He stepped on third and threw home to Jason Varitek who could turn an easy double play. The only problem was that Varitek thought it was a force out and never tagged Travis Buck as he crossed home plate. This resulted in a run for the Tribe and only one out on a play that should have recorded at least two.
The next batter Asdrubal Cabrera took advantage of the situation and hit a three run home run to make the score 7-2. The Sox added two runs in the seventh off of an Adrian Gonzalez home run, but it did not matter in the final outcome. The Tribe added another run in the eighth off a Matt LaPorta home run to make it 8-4. The only bad thing about the home run was that it took away the possibility of a save for Chris Perez.
The win went to Rafael Perez and the loss went to Matsuzaka of the Bo Sox. The Indians will have to bounce back quickly as they play at noon today. They are looking for a sweep of the Red Sox behind the pitching of Fausto Carmona. He had an opening day to forget, giving up ten runs. He will be going against Jon Lester, who is always tough for hitters to face. A win for the Tribe would put them at 4-2 heading into their West coast road trip. It would also result in the Red Sox being 0-6 heading into their home opening series against the Yankees.