It took over an hour to get through the first two innings of baseball yesterday. The middle aged me, with a family and a house and a honey-do list a mile long, struggles with baseball like this. With that said, the younger me should have had a problem with it too. That's too long for four runs and twelve outs, plain and simple.
Red Sox 5, Indians 2
Danny Salazar labored through 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing 11 baserunners and giving up four earned runs. While Salazar struggled, at least the bullpen pitched well, giving up just one earned run over the final 3 and 2/3 innings. With the loss, the Indians fall to 22-19 on the year.
David Ortiz singled, doubled, and homered in this three at-bats against Salazar. That doesn't sound like fun to me. From Paul Hoynes:
In April when weather postponed Salazar's start against Boston at Progressive Field, he fretted that he might not get another chance to face Ortiz, who will retire at the end of this season. Well, the chance arrived Sunday and Salazar made it memorable for his hero. As for himself, well, it took him 40 pitches to get out of the first inning. Who wants to remember that?
Still, Salazar enjoyed facing Big Papi.
"He's a great guy, great player," said Salazar. "Finally, I got to face him one last time before he retired. He's a guy that I really respect. When you get behind in the count, you have to come back to the middle of the plate. He's a guy that makes quick adjustments. I have to give him credit. He's a really talented player, who has been here a long time."
Austin Adams was promoted before the game Sunday and worked two innings in relief of Salazar. He allowed just one hit and averaged 97.5 mph on his fastball. Adams owned a 1.10 ERA over 16 and 1/3 innings this year with Triple-A Columbus.
Around the League
- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected for the third time in the last eight games. Think Shapiro likes that?
- In other Blue Jays news, Kevin Pillar is good at that defense thing.
- Yu Darvish is almost back, expected to start next Saturday.
- Another MLB Draft mock draft, this time guessing that the Tribe will take a prep pitcher from California.