Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan provided the only offensive spark of the game with two singles and 2 RBI. This is Shelley Duncan's first 'Player of the Game' of the season and was his second highest 'POG' score of the season (2.97). Duncan almost hit a home run before hitting his 2 RBI single, but only succeeded in knocking a fans hat off in foul territory. Mitch Talbot had the second worst game of any Indian this year, trailing only Fausto Carmona's opening day start with his score of -12.20. Frank Herrmann also got rocked to the tune of -8.67. The two pitchers combined for 5.1 innings and all 14 Boston runs. This game was by far the worst game for the Indians this season with a team score of -14.98.
Tony Sipp came in to relieve Chad Durbin in the 7th and got three pop outs on the infield. Thank you Tony Sipp for doing what no other Indians pitcher was able to do today.
The game started off bad and only got worse. Mitch Talbot ruined his own return from the DL by throwing meat ball after meat ball to the dangerous Red Sox lineup. The Sox started the game with 9 hits, an error by Shin-Soo Choo, a sacrifice fly and a bad play by Jack Hannahan, giving them 7 runs in the first inning and they never looked back.
The Indians were unable to take advantage of the Red Sox injuries that they caused this series, losing the last two games. Dustin Pedroia missed a game after tripping over second base and both J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis were knocked out of today's game by defensive plays in last night's game. Even with three of their best players missing a game, the Sox were able to take two games in a row from the Tribe.
Along with the Red Sox starters that were out, Indians starters Orlando Cabrera, Carlos Santana and Travis Buck were held out. With Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner already missing due to injuries of their own, losing three other starters made it impossible for the Indians to come back after getting down by 7.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 2 runs on 7 hits, Boston Red Sox 14 runs on 20 hits.