#RedSox Game Summary (August 24) Unraveled. As if, when pulling a thread, the whole cloth comes unraveled, so this game developed for the Red Sox, as a bad 2nd inning for starter Chris Sale set up a laugher for Cleveland. The hilarity, for the Indians, began in the 2nd inning, when 3 singles, a walk, and a fielder’s choice generated 3 runs, and a fourth came on a throwing error by Rafael Devers. The Sox got one run back in the 3rd on a solo bomb by Mitch Moreland off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer. The humiliation continued in the bottom of the inning when 2 walks set up another run on a double by Yandy Díaz, and a Giovanny Urshela single drove in 2 more. In the 4th, a walk, a double by Mookie Betts, and triple by Xander Bogaerts, followed by a Moreland single led to 3 more runs, and the Sox seemed to have a chance, 7-4. But the Indians scored a cavalcade of runs over 3 innings, 5-7, powered by a walk and 9 hits (including doubles by Roberto Pérez and José Ramírez, a triple by Díaz, and homers by Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor) produced 6 runs, to put this game away. The Sox picked up 2 more on a 2 run dinger by Moreland, but by then it was too late. Sale lasted just 3 innings, giving up 7 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, with just 3 Ks. The other 6 runs were the responsibility of Heath Hembree, Brandon Workman, and Blaine Boyer. Thankfully, the Yankees also lost today after a knock-down, drag-out brawl in Detroit. Put today in the past, and it’s on to Baltimore. Cleveland beat Boston, 13-6, at Progressive Field to split the 4 game series. Record: 73-54. Game 127/35.
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#RedSox Game Summary (August 23) A clean start. Drew Pomeranz had people wondering if he was ready for prime time after leaving the last game with back spasms, but put in a solid 5 1/3rd shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians, giving up 2 hits and 4 walks, while whiffing 9. The only Indian run came on a solo blast by Edwin Encarnacion off Addison Reed in the 8th inning. Boston got the first run in the 5th on a solo dinger by Mitch Moreland off Indians starter Corey Kluber. The eventual game winner came in the 8th when Brock Holt singled, reached 2nd on a HBP, and scored on a single by Mookie Betts. Just to make sure of the win, the Sox picked up 4 more when 2 singles and a 2 RBI Brock Holt double was followed by an Eduardo Núñez home run. Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel also deserve credit for their scoreless innings. Boston beat Cleveland, 6-1, at Progressive Field. Record: 73-53. Game 126/36.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 22) Mister Fister. Doug Fister had his best start with the Red Sox in this one, going the distance: 9 innings, while giving up just 1 hit. Since that hit was a solo bomb by Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in the first inning, an inauspicious start to a great game, it was also the Indians’ only run. Fister also walked 2 and punched out 6. The Sox attack started out slow, so the first half of the game was fairly tight. In the 1st, a pair of singles off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, along with Andrew Benintendi’s stolen base, led to the first run. In the 2nd, Xander Bogaerts doubled and scored on a Sandy León sac fly. In the 5th, Jackie Bradley, Jr. whacked a solo dinger to center, giving the Sox more than enough for victory. In the 7th inning, Eduardo Núñez and Benintendi each doubled; Núñez drove in 2, and Benintendi drove in 1. Núñez capped things with a 2 run laser shot over the center field fence. He continues to make Dave Dombrowski look very smart with his trade, as Núñez had 5 RBI altogether in this game. Boston beat Cleveland, 9-1, at Progressive Field. Record: 72-53. Game 125/37.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 14) Fister cuffed. Doug Fister was not on top of his game vs. the Cleveland Indians today, and got hammered. In the 2nd inning, he gave up 2 walks and 2 hits for one run, and then, with the bases loaded, gave up a 2 RBI single to Francisco Lindor. After a couple of scoreless innings, he surrendered a double to José Ramírez, followed by a monster shot by Edwin Encarnación, for a total of 5 earned runs, after which he departed, thankfully. Boston took 3 runs back on a succession of solo home runs off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings including 2 by wunderkind Rafael Devers, and one by Andrew Benintendi. In the 6th came the back-breaker: José Ramírez reached on an error by Devers, and then Edwin Encarnacion blasted a dinger over the Monster. Despite doubles by Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland, the Sox were unable to respond effectively against Cleveland pitching. Cleveland beat Boston, 7-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 67-51. Game 118/44.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 1) Good pitching beats good hitting, and vice-versa (Yogi Berra). This was supposed to be an epic pitchers’ duel between two premier AL pitchers: Boston’s Chris Sale and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, who lasted just 1 2/3rds innings, but it turned into a slugfest. The Indians jumped all over Sale in the first inning, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits, including a double by Carlos Santana. They scored 2 more on a 2 run bomb by Brandon Guyer in the 2nd. Faced with a 5-0 deficit, the Sox bounced right back in the bottom of the 2nd, with a Xander Bogaerts double and a 2 run homer by Mitch Moreland. After a double by Christian Vazquez, a walk and a RBI Brock Holt single, a RBI double by Eduardo Núñez tied the score at 5, ending Carrasco’s day. In the 5th, José Ramírez doubled for the Indians, and Edwin Encarnación crushed a 2 run homer off Sale to untie the score. But the slugging Red Sox weren’t done yet. In the 6th, 3 hits, including a double by Mitch Moreland cut the Cleveland lead to 1, and after a HBP to load the bases, Eduardo Núñez doubled in 3 runs to put the Sox in a seemingly comfortable lead. Normally comfortable, but not in this game. Newly acquired ace reliever Addison Reed surrendered a home run to the first hitter he faced, Carlos Santana, cutting the Sox lead in half. In the 9th, the normally lights-out Craig Kimbrel gave up another homer to tie the game, and then with 2 out, gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. Then, stunningly, he threw a wild pitch to hand the lead back to Cleveland, 10-9. But the apparent curse on pitchers in this game also applied to Indians closer Cody Allen. He gave up a Baltimore chop single to Rafael Devers, and later, with 1 on and 2 out, threw a wild pitch that allowed Mitch Moreland to reach on strike three. This set the stage for Vazquez, with 2 on and 2 out, and he did not disappoint. Boom! Of course, a no-doubter to straightaway center field earned him a walk-off shower. Boston beat Cleveland, 12-10. Record: 59-49. Game 108/54. Back in first.
#RedSox Game Summary (July 31) Everything works. It was clear today that this Red Sox team is capable of beating anyone, and doing so decisively. Now, the question is: how can we see this on a regular basis? Doug Fister had a fine game today, pitching seven shutout innings before breaking down in the 8th. Meanwhile Rafael Devers and newly acquired infielder Eduardo Núñez, along with veteran Mookie Betts, provided most of the firepower. In the 2nd inning, after Devers singled off Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger, and Christian Vazquez doubled, Mookie drove in 2 runs with a single, and Núñez drove him in with a double. In the 4th, after Mitch Moreland walked and Vazquez singled, hits by Betts and Núñez drove in 2 more runs. In the 7th, Núñez doubled again and scored on a Devers single to give Boston a 6-0 lead. In the end, Núñez went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, and Devers went 4-for-4 with one double. Although nearing the magic 100 pitch count marker, Fister came out for the 8th inning and, after giving up a hit to Austin Jackson and getting 2 out, surrendered a 2 run blast to Bradley Zimmer, ending his night. Brandon Workman finished off the Indians. Boston beat Cleveland, 6-2, at Fenway Park. Record: 58-49. Game 107/55.