Heading into tonight’s game, Indians fans were most likely breathing a sigh of relief with Justin Masterson taking the mound. The Tribe’s number one starter has actually been pitching like an ace should, and we needed an ace after witnessing Ubaldo Jimenez’s abysmal outing on Tuesday.
The game started off the opposite way most fans had hoped, with the Red Sox jumping out to a three run lead in the first. Singles by Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava scored Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia. The game looked like it could take an ugly turn after these quick three runs, however, Masterson went on to tip toe through danger in the following innings.
In the top of the second inning, Masterson would load the bags, but was able to escape without surrendering any runs. He would do the same in the fourth inning, and it seemed that if the offense could get going, the Tribe could have a shot at winning. This was a big “if”. In the previous two games combined, the Indians were only able to muster out three runs against Chicago and Boston. Masterson would go on to give up another run in the fifth inning, and would exit the game after this having gone over 100 pitches.
The offense showed signs of life in the bottom of the fifth inning when Nick Swisher belted his second homer of the season, a two run shot to Cleveland’s bullpen. Following up Swisher’s homerun, 42-year-old Jason Giambi connected for his first hit, and homerun as an Indian to make it 5-2 Red Sox. A sloppy top of the eighth tacked on another run for the Red Sox after a wild pitch and throwing error by Joe Smith. After this, the Tribe wasn’t able to get the four runs needed to get the win. One thing is for certain, this Cleveland offense needs to catch fire and start producing some runs if they want to compete.
The Tribe looks to avoid the sweep tomorrow against the Red Sox, then heads to Houston for a three game set against the Astros.
-Carlos Santana took a rocket of a foul ball off his facemask in the top of the fourth that prompted Francona to come out and check on him. Santana would remain in the game.
-Indians offseason target Shane Victorino had a good night, going 3-3.
-Jason Giambi is the 3rd oldest Indian to homer, behind Sam Rice (44) and Dave Winfield (42).