Game over: Indians 8, Red Sox 4
Game lasted 3:24. There were 9,523 on hand to watch the hapless Red Sox, who drop to 0-5 to start the season.
Positives: Adrian Gonzalez homered. Carl Crawford reached base three times and had two steals.
Negatives: Dennys Reyes and Dan Wheeler were awful out of the bullpen and couldn't keep the Sox within one run when Daisuke Matsuzaka came out of the game. Jason Varitek made a rare mental error.
Reyes, who hit two batters and walked one in the four-run Indians sixth, said his issues were mechanical with his arm getting out in front of his body too quickly. He said it was something he could fix, but whether he gets the chance remains to be seen.
Varitek said the key play in the sixth inning when he didn't make the tag on the runner at the plate to complete a double-play started by Kevin Youkilis, was one where he didn't see that Youkilis had stepped on the bag. Varitek, who just took the throw with his foot on home plate and acted as if it were a force out, said, "I should have tagged the base runner. I thought he was behind the bag when he made the throw. I didn't execute the play."
Youkilis said he first thought about dropping the ball purposely to induce the double-play, but then decided he was going to catch the liner but dropped it anyway. He thought he had the double-lay when he touched third and threw home. Youkilis acknowledged that Varitek "couldn't tell if I had touched the base first."
Matsuzaka left the game after 96 pitches through five, but he felt he could have pitched another "one or two innings."
Wheeler entered the sixth with the bases loaded and nobody out. After the botched play by Varitek, Asdrubal Cabrera it a three-run homer.
Told that he came into a tough situation he said, "That's part of my job. I need to do a better job than that."
Bottom 8th: Indians 8, Red Sox 4
Former Red Sox draft pick Matt LaPorta homered off Tim Wakefield.
Top 7th: Indians 7, Red Sox 4
Adrian Gonzalez has hit a two-run homer to right field, his first as a Red Sox with Carl Crawford aboard.
Bottom 6th: Indians 7, Red Sox 2
OMG. What a beating. The Indians have scored four runs and have run away with this. Dan Wheeler surrendered a a three-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera to top off an absolutely miserable inning. Here's what happened. Dennys Reyes may well get fired if he doesn't improve his play. He hit lefthanded hitter Travis Buck with a pitch, hit righthanded hitter Matt LaPorta with a pitch and walked lefthanded hitter Jack Hannahan. That was all she wrote. Francona yanked him for Dan Wheeler who entered the game with the bases loaded, nobody out. Jason Varitek was now front and center. Brantley hit a liner that Youkilis knocked down at third. He picked the ball up, stepped on third for the force and threw to the plate. Varitek seemed to lose track of the situation because he needed to place a tag on the incoming runner. Instead, he just took the throw and stepped on homeplate. Not good enough. Run scored. Dice K's line: 5 IP, 6H, 3ER, 3BB, 2 Ks, 1HB and 1 HR. Dennys Reyes is on.
Bottom 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
Dice-K has pitched three scoreless innings since allowing three runs over the first two, but his pitch count is up to 96 and it would appear he's going to be out of this game soon. He added to his pitch total after securing the first two outs, Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner singled before he was able to retire Orlando Cabrera on a ground ball.
Top 5th: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
Good relief by the Tribe. After Crawford walked and stole his second base of the night, Gonzalez was walked intentionally after Pedroia's grounder advanced Crawford to third. Chad Durbin came on to strike out Youkilis and Rafael Perez was summond to face Ortiz and retired him with a grounder to first. Once again, nothing for the Sox offense.
Top 3rd: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
Brother, this is getting ugly. Pedroia gets hit with a pitch off the left elbow and Gonzalez doubled off the left field wall. Nobody out. I repeat, NOBODY OUT. Result: Zippo. Nada. Nothing. Zero. Youkilis struck out. Ortiz hit a soft liner to short. Drew took a called third strike stranding runners in scoring position. Holy unraveling!
Bottom 2nd: Indians 3, Red Sox 2
Hold the status quo? Nope. Dice-K allowed another run on an RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera, who knocked in LaPorta. Dice-K also walked Brantley, but got the aid of a double-play grounder by Choo to end the inning with minimal damage.
Top 2nd: Indians 2, Red Sox 2
The Red Sox actually had a sustained rally but wound up getting less than expected. After one out, the next four batters reached. Ortiz and Drew singled, Varitek walked and Scutaro broke an 0-for-11 start with an infield topper that scored the first Sox run. Ellsbury grounded out to first baseman Matt LaPorta with the pitcher covering as the tying run scored. Crawford came up with runners in scoring position and lined out to third base ending the rally.
Bottom 1st: Indians 2, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox are praying for rain already. Daisuke Matsuzaka is pitching and he doesn't have a lot going for him right now. Shin-Soo Choo homered to rightcenter with Michael Brantley aboard. Dice-k also walked (Travis Hafner) and hit a batter (Orlando Cabrera in the left wrist) but managed to strand the two runners.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Indians 0
We're underway here in soggy Cleveland. Game time temp, 39 degrees. It rained most of the afternoon but has cleared for now. The Red Sox had a baserunner - Carl Crawford - who singled and stole his first base as a Red Sox. But pitcher Mitch Talbot struck out the side and the Sox got nothing.