Indians improve to 55-62
Danny Salazar has now given up three home runs in the last four games. But those home runs have all been of the solo variety, so they haven't done much damage. Oh, they've also been the only three earned runs (plus an unearned) that Danny Salazar has given up in those four games, spanning 28 and 1/3 innings. That's good for something like a 0.95 ERA. To put it another way, Mr. Salazar has been on a bit of a roll lately and the Red Sox were no match.
The Indians offense eventually got going to match Danny's effort, but the had a misstep or two along the way. They opening the game with a Jose Ramirez walk and a Francisco Lindor* sacrifice attempt, turned error that put runners of 1st and 3rd. Lindor was then caught stealing and Ramirez was thrown out at the plate after hesitating on Michael Brantley's grounder to the first baseman. Brantley tried to keep the positive vibes flowing by stealing 2nd himself, but after doing so Carlos Santana would strike out to end the inning. The would go down in order in the 2nd and 3rd.
*STOP BUNTING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND TRUE!
Meanwhile, Salazar was busy retiring the first six Red Sox hitters of the game before giving up the solo shot to Ohio native Travis Shaw, who has been initially impressive in his first few weeks in the bigs. From there, Danny would give up only 3 more hits, ending the night with 4 hits allowed, 1 ER, 1 walk and 5 Ks. The strike out totals were low tonight because the changeup wasn't as dominant as it can be, with the good downward motion, but the sharp fastball allowed him to work through Boston's lineup with ease. His last pitch of the game, however, was a very nice changeup to get Travis Shaw swinging.
The Tribe bats finally awoke in the 4th with a little bit of aid from the Boston defense. With two on, Abraham Almonte drag bunted past the pitcher to score a run. With the bases loaded, Lonnie Chisenhall would follow with a line drive to left that, by all rights should have been caught or at the very least played into a single. Instead, Hanley Ramirez, who at this point has no business in the outfield, played himself with his back to the wall and let the ball carom over his head and back to toward the infield. Two runs would score and by the time the innings was over the Tribe would be up 5-1.
They would add on in the 5th and 6th with solo homers from Santana and Chisenhall and again in the 9th on an RBI fielder's choice from Brantley. Cody Allen worked a sloppy 9th innings, just trying to get regular work, allowing a run before closing out the game 8-2 in favor of the Tribe. The two teams will meet again tomorrow with Trevor Bauer facing off against Eduardo Rodriguez at 7:10 ET.
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