The Indians season is officially at the crossroads.
Chris Perez, already under fire by fans and media alike for subpar outings this season, appeared to have suffered some sort of arm injury during another disastrous outing that eventually lead to Joe Smith surrendering Jacoby Ellsbury’s walkoff double. The Red Sox would escape with a 6-5 win.
The Red Sox won the season series, 6-1. I don’t think Terry Francona envisioned that.
Corey Kluber more than just did his part (6.2 INN/3 H/1 BB/10 SO) and appeared to for all the world be in line for his fourth victory of the year. To pace the offense, Carlos Santana hit a two-run single and Nick Swisher each drove in two; his seventh homer and a sacrifice fly. Jason Kipnis chipped in with a Pesky Pole homer, his eighth of the season.
The Indians were victims of–what else?–shoddy umpiring by home-plate umpire Chris Guccione; including the highly disputable called ball to Dustin Pedroia that lead to the Red Sox ninth inning rally. But the Indians weren’t exactly helping themselves on the basepaths, either, as Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera both overran first base. Who knows if they would end up mattering, but I had a hunch early on.
A nightmare end in a place that is historically inhospitable to the Tribe. We can’t get to Cincinnati fast enough.
UPDATE: It comes as no surprise, but Perez has been placed on the 15-day DL. It is Perez’ first stint on the DL in his career. Nick Hagadone has been recalled.
W: Craig Breslow (2-0); L: Chris Perez (2-1)
Player of the Game: Corey Kluber