Well, I’m a little bummed out right now as the Red Sox handed the Indians another blowout yesterday, ending their season. All they needed was one good outing over a three day stretch but they couldn’t get it done. Anyway, now it’s time to start looking towards the offseason so we can fill some holes and make another run in 2008.
The Red Sox have blown out the Indians the last two games and now, it’s down to a one game series with Jake Westbrook going up against Dice-K tonight. It’s win or go home time.
The Indians were blown out yesterday as the Red Sox finally put together a solid game to pick up a win. C.C. Sabathia was very good until he got tagged for his third and fourth run in the seventh inning and he lost his second game of the series. Rafael Perez had his second straight rough outing as well and he was tagged for three runs (one earned) in just one third of an inning.
Even the Indians lone run was kind of pathetic. Grady Sizemore scored when Travis Hafner grounded into a double play. Sizemore was the only Indians hitter to have two hits and every Indian in the lineup struck out at least once except for Kenny Lofton.
It’s another day off, and then game six is tomorrow. It’ll be Fausto Carmona against Curt Schilling in a rematch of game two.
The Indians are now just one win away from going to their first World Series since 1997 as they got some solid pitching from Paul Byrd and one big inning from their hitters. A seven run fifth inning was the difference and it featured a solo homer by Casey Blake that put the Indians on the board as well as a three run blast by Jhonny Peralta that turned out to be the difference in the ball game.
Right after the seven run fifth inning, the Red Sox finally got to Paul Byrd. He gave up back to back to homers to Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz before Lewis came in and gave up a third consecutive homerun to Manny Ramirez. That was the extent of the Red Sox scoring and outside of the back to back to back blasts, the Red Sox managed just five hits off of the three Indians pitchers.
For Peralta, it was his second homer of the series and he also doubled in the game. Casey Blake was the other Indians hitter with a pair of hits and he ended up singling home the seventh run in the inning as the Indians hit around.
The Indians can wrap things up on Thursday. It’ll be C.C. Sabathia going up against Josh Beckett. Hopefully the Indians can get to Beckett a bit better then they did in game one. Still, the Indians have three chances but it sure would be nice to wrap things up here at home tomorrow.
Jake Westbrook got it done last night and he was able to do what both C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona couldn’t and that was pitch into the seventh inning in the ALCS. Westbrook held the Red Sox in check for six innings and then he was finally tagged for two runs in the seventh on a two run homer by Jason Varitek. That was it though as Rafael Betancourt and Joe Borowski pitched shutout innings a piece to close out the game.
Kenny Lofton put the Indians on the board in the second inning with a two run shot. Then they Indians added two more runs in the fifth when Asdrubal Cabrera singled home a run and then Grady Sizemore scored when Travis Hafner hit into a fielders’ choice. Cabrera was the only Indian with two hits and in total, the Red Sox actually outhit the Indians 7-6.
Tim Wakefield gets the nod in a huge game four tonight. The Indians will go with Paul Byrd, who had a solid start against the Yankees in the ALDS.
The Indians offense got, then cold, then red hot as they scored seven runs in the top of the eleventh inning to even up their seven game series with the Red Sox at a game a piece. Trot Nixon drove home the first and winning run but the inning was capped off with a three run shot by Franklin Guiterrez. Grady Sizemore and Jhonny Peralta also went yard and Peralta had four RBIs while Sizemore scored three times. Casey Blake made some nice plays in the field but he struggled at the plate and went zero for six with four strikeouts.
Fausto Carmona was tagged for four runs in just four innings and Rafael Perez was nailed for two runs in just 1/3 of an inning. Rafael Betancourt was phenomonal with 2 1/3 shutout innings and Tom Mastny and Joe Borowski closed out the game with a shutout inning a piece.
There’s a day off today and then tomorrow it’ll be Jake Westbrook going up against Daisuke Matsuzaka. The winner gets the lead in the series again.
C.C. Sabathia took it on the chin last night as the Red Sox ran up the score on him and the Indians in a game one ALCS loss. Travis Hafner got things off to a nice start with a solo shot in the top of the first but it was tied by the bottom of the first and it was 10-2 by the bottom of the sixth in an ugly game. Eight of those runs came off of C.C. Sabathia and then the last two came off of Jensen Lewis.
Asdrubal Cabrera finished the game with a single and two RBIs in the loss. Casey Blake doubled twice and he scored two runs in a nice game.
Game two is tonight and hopefully Fausto Carmona can right the ship. It’ll be Curt Schilling on the mound for the Red Sox.
The Indians took care of the Yankees last night in a long, drawn out game that featured the Indians jumping out to a nice early lead and while the Yankees chipped away at it, the Indians held on to win. It took well over an hour just to get through two innings but you have to be happy with the end result.
Grady Sizemore got things started with a lead off blast to give the Indians an early lead. Jhonny Peralta later singled home a run that inning and then in the second, the Indians loaded the bases up with nobody out before Joe Torre pulled Chien-Ming Wang. Sizemore grounded into a double play that scored a third run and then Adrubal Cabrera singled home a fourth run. The Yankees answered with a run in the bottom of the second before the Indians struck out again in the fourth. Victor Martinez provided the spark with a two run single that scored Grady Sizemore and Kelly Shoppach.
Paul Byrd gave the Indians five solid inning and while he did give up his share of hits, he also got out of a jam or two. From that point, it was more about limiting the damage then actually stopping it and while the Yankees chipped away with single run innings, the end result was a two run ball game. Joe Borowaski even gave up a run in the ninth but even he still had quite a bit of rope.
Now, the Indians will have a few days off to prepare for the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Using Byrd turned out to be a bonus because now the Indians can throw C.C. Sabathia in the first game on Friday, although the pitchers haven’t been announced yet.
It’s hard to believe that the Indians had a nice 3-0 lead in this game and I really hope the comeback by the Yankees doesn’t come back to haunt the Indians. Ryan Garko singled home a run in the first, Trot Nixon homered in the second and Ryan Garko doubled home a run in the third to make it 3-0 Indians before the Yankees started to knock around Jack Westbrook. By the end of the sixth inning, Westbrook would be gone and the Yankees would have an 8-3 that would eventually be 8-4 after a Trot Nixon RBI double in the eighth.
Westbrook was tagged for six of the eight runs in only five innings of work. He didn’t walk anyone, but nine hits in five innings doesn’t usually cut it For whatever reason, they used Joe Borowski in the ninth inning, maybe because he hadn’t pitched in so long.
Game four is tonight. Paul Byrd will try to lock things up for the Indians and the Yankees will throw Chien-Ming Wang on short rest. A loss tonight would make me very, very nervous.
Just one more win and the Indians are headed to the ALCS and what a game tonight. Fausto Carmona was nothing short of incredible. He pitched the equivalent of a complete game and he held the Yankees to just a single run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The one blemish against him was a solo homer in the top of the third by Melky Cabrera.
The Indians didn’t get on the board until the eighth inning and even the run didn’t score on a hit. Grady Sizemore drew a walk them moved to second on a wild pitch. He was bunted to third and then he scored on another wild pitch by Joba Chamberlain. Then nobody scored until the eleventh. Kenny Lofton drew a walk and he moved to second on Franklin Gutierrez’s single. Casey Blake moved both runners over and Grady Sizemore was given a free pass. Asdrubal Cabrera then popped out the Yankees could have gotten out of the inning unscathed but Travis Hafner came up huge with an RBI single to right field to win it for the Indians.
Rafael Perez picked up the win and he was just as solid as Carmona. He didn’t allow a single base runner in two innings. Tomorrow is a travel day and then Sunday the Indians can try to lock things up. It’ll be Jake Westbrook against the venerable Roger Clemens.
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