Still, he left the game with a one-run lead. It didn’t last long, thanks to a sloppy sixth inning which featured an excuse-me double which should have been caught by either left fielder Jose Ramirez or center fielder Tyler Naquin, a couple of walks, a sacrifice fly, and a dubious fielding play by third baseman Juan Uribe, who opted to throw to first on a grounder hit to him when he might have been able to get an out at the plate. Boston wound up taking a 6-5 lead.
Fortunately for the Indians, that too didn’t last long. Uribe redeemed himself with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly to tie the game, and first baseman Mike Napoli, whom the Red Sox traded away in 2015, hit a huge homer to dead center in the seventh to give the Indians a 7-6 lead. Bryan Shaw did what he was supposed to do in the eighth, and Cody Allen did what he was supposed to do in the ninth, and the Indians won.
I suppose I ought to point out that the Tribe had a great first inning, thanks mostly to a three-run homer from Carlos Santana. In his eight plate appearances so far, Santana has walked twice and gotten a single, a double, and a home run. That’s the kind of production the Indians are looking for from Santana, who, like the Indians in general, has been known to get off to a slow start in April. It’s good to see him swing a hot bat so far, while continuing to get his share of bases on balls.
By the way, I’m sorry about the bad pun in the headline of this post. But if I hadn’t made it, eventually Stan would have gotten around to it sometime this season, so maybe it’s best for all concerned that we just got it out of the way already.