Game 1. Red Sox vs Indians
Cleveland 1 – Boston 0
Oh boy, the Red Sox did what you should never do, and thats lose with your ace on the mound. Grant it Porcello wasn’t who we got accustom to all season long, but you still need to put up runs, and have better at bats.
The ball was flying out of Progressive Field last night, both teams combined for 6 home-runs, all solo shots by six different players, even rookie Andrew Benintendi joined the party hitting a home run in his first post-season at bat. Even though the ball was flying into the stands like a t-shirt cannon, putting the bat on the ball was a whole different story. Both teams combined to strikeout 26 times and thats with both starters being chased before 5 innings of work. Just straight up poor at bats.
Rick Porcello was looking great through 2, then the 3rd inning happen. Where the Indians decided to hit all 3 of their homeruns. Roberto Perez, John Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor were the culprits. But even though that happen, it was still just a 4-2 game, something the Sox and Porcello, should have been able to handle. Trevor Bauer looked pretty good for Cleveland, not amazing, but was doing enough, Francona went on to replace him in the 5th, after Trevor gave up his 3rd run. Terry brought in his amazing relief man Andrew Miller. The Sox did the same to Porcello to bring starter turned reliever Drew Pomeranz into the game. Then what looked like would be a shoot out to the finish, turned into a bullpen battle. Miller and Pomeranz put in work, to shut down the run scoring. Pomeranz’s only real mistake last night was allowing Porcello’s 5th run to score when he came into the game.
Pomeranz 2.1 IP, 5 Ks
Miller 2 IP, 4 Ks
There were also allot of close plays last night, Brock Holt was thrown out at the plate in the 1st trying to take a 2-0 lead, which turned out to be the difference. Chisenhall was thrown out at second in the 2nd trying to advance on the Red Sox throw, and David Ortiz beating the tag in the 8th inning for a double.
The game ended when Dustin Pedroia struckout not being to hold up on a swing. John Farrell argued the call but it was in vain, Dustin went on to throw his helmet in anger. Which he later said he regreted doing.
Boston now down a game, has to turn to David Price, the $200 million man with the playoff woes, he’s 0-7 with a 5.27 ERA in eight postseason starts. So it’s time to finally step up, and be that young phenom who embarrassed the Sox in the 08′ ALCS. He’ll be taking on fellow former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who has pitched well all year. Red Sox will need to attack early and often if they want to head back to Boston with the series even, time to rack up runs.