BOSTON — That’s all, folks.
The Red Sox were swept from the postseason Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. They did their best to chip away at the Indians’ lead, pulling with one run in the eighth inning, but Chris Young grounded out and Sandy Leon struck out to start the bottom of the ninth. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled and Dustin Pedroia walked, but Travis Shaw popped out to end the game.
Clay Buchholz pitched better than Rick Porcello and David Price did, but the two-run homer Drew Pomeranz gave up to Coco Crisp proved to be a killer.
Check out the rest of the live blog below to see how it all went down.
Mid 9th, Indians 4-3: Craig Kimbrel came on to close things out in the ninth, and did a pretty darn good job, striking out center fielder Michael Martinez and Davis before getting Perez to pop out to Leon.
End 8th, Indians 4-3: Bryan Shaw came in for the Indians, and Pedroia started the eighth off by striking out looking. Travis Shaw then pinch-hit for Hill and singled. Betts took Shaw off the basepaths by grounding into a fielder’s choice, and right-hander Cody Allen came in to face Ortiz, who drew a very anticlimactic walk.
However, with two runners on, Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single to left field, making it a one-run game. Bogaerts lined out to second to end the inning.
Mid 8th, Indians 4-2: Koji Uehara got the call in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 frame. The right-hander struck out Napoli, was saved by Betts, who caught a near-homer off the bat of Jose Ramirez, and got Chisenhall to ground out.
End 7th, Indians 4-2: Chris Young pinch-hit for Benintendi and drew a one-out walk. However, he didn’t go anywhere, as Leon grounded out to third and Bradley struck out.
Mid 7th, Indians 4-2: Kelly came back out in the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to the top of Cleveland’s order. Santana grounded out, Kipnis popped out and Lindor struck out.
End 6th, Indians 4-2: Pedroia got things going in the sixth with a single, but reliever Andrew Miller then came in for Tomlin and struck out pinch-hitter Aaron Hill. Betts followed with his biggest hit of the series, a wall-ball double, putting runners at second and third for Big Papi. Ortiz didn’t come up with a big hit, but he did bring in Pedroia with a sac fly.
Hanley Ramirez struck out to end the inning.
Mid 6th, Indians 4-1: The sixth was not Pomeranz’s inning. The left-hander gave up a leadoff walk to Jose Ramirez, and Chisenhall bunted the third baseman to second. Pomeranz’s night was done after he surrendered a two-run homer to Crisp to put the Tribe up 4-1.
Joe Kelly relieved Pomeranz and induced a flyout to pinch-hitter Rajai Davis and got Perez to ground out to end the top of the sixth.
End 5th, Indians 2-1: Hanley Ramirez led off the bottom of the fifth with a long flyout, but Bogaerts followed with a line-drive single to center field. Benintendi then put up the Red Sox’s first run in their last 14 innings when he hit an RBI double to bring Bogaerts home. Leon struck out and Bradley grounded out to end the inning, though.
Mid 5th, Indians 2-0: Drew Pomeranz replaced Buchholz in the fifth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning himself. The lefty struck out Kipnis to open the frame, got Lindor to pop out and struck out Napoli to end it.
Buchholz allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts over four innings. He threw 75 pitches, 50 of which were for strikes.
End 4th, Indians 2-0: Tomlin got another 1-2-3 inning. Holt struck out, Betts flied out to right and Ortiz grounded out.
Mid 4th, Indians 2-0: Jose Ramirez started the fourth inning with a single, and Buchholz walked Chisenhall to put two runners on with no outs. Crisp got down a sacrifice bunt to move his teammates to second and third, and Naquin took it from there with a two-RBI single. Those were the only runs the Indians got, though, as Buchholz got Perez to ground out and struck out Santana to end the threat.
End 3rd, 0-0: It was a short third inning for the Red Sox’s offense, as catcher Sandy Leon and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. both struck out looking before Pedroia grounded out.
Mid 3rd, 0-0: Lindor doubled off the Green Monster after Buchholz got the first two outs, including a strikeout to Kipnis, but Napoli grounded out to Holt at third base to keep the Indians off the board.
End 2nd, 0-0: David Ortiz walked to start the bottom half of the second inning, and the Red Sox put two runners on when Bogaerts hit a one-out single. They couldn’t put anything on the board, though, as left fielder Andrew Benintendi grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Mid 2nd, 0-0: Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall singled to begin the second, but Buchholz didn’t let him go anywhere. The right-hander retired Coco Crisp, struck out Tyler Naquin and got Roberto Perez to ground into a forceout to end the half-inning.
End 1st, 0-0: Indians starter Josh Tomlin retired the Red Sox in order in the first. Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt both grounded out, while Mookie Betts popped out to right.
Mid 1, 0-0: The first inning got off to a weird start when Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana popped up the first pitch, and shortstop Xander Bogaerts wasn’t able to catch it after the wind changed the ball’s direction. Starter Clay Buchholz struck out second baseman Jason Kipnis, but he then put another runner on when shortstop Francisco Lindor singled into left center field. Mike Napoli flied out, and third baseman Jose Ramirez grounded out to end the inning.
4:21 p.m.: Let’s try this one again.
The Red Sox will play Game 3 on Monday of their American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians after Sunday’s scheduled game at Fenway Park was rained out. The extra day of rest might prove vital, though, as Boston currently stares at an 0-2 hole in the series.
Clay Buchholz will start against Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, and he’ll be trying to prevent the Red Sox from being eliminated. Luckily for Boston, Buchholz has performed well since becoming a starter again, posting a 4-0 record and 2.98 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.
However, Boston’s bats will need to show up, too, as the Indians blanked them 6-0 in Game 2. The Red Sox performed much better at Fenway during the regular season, though, putting up a .300 average and scoring 477 of their 878 total runs at home.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:08 p.m. ET on TBS.
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