Second Thoughts: Game #113 - Red Sox 3, Indians 2
By Jim Berdysz
August 11, 2012
|W: C. Buchholz (10-3) L: C. Seddon (0-1)|
Player of the Game: Clay Buchholz (9 innings 2 hits 1 ER 0 BB 6 SO)
It was all about Boston’s Clay Buchholz in this one, as the Red Sox starter would toss a complete game against the Tribe as Boston held to a 3-2 victory. For Buchholz, it was his team leading tenth win of the season and his sixth over the last 10 starts. The Indians could not get anything going offensively on Friday, collecting just two hits all game against the Red Sox right-hander.
Cleveland starter Chris Seddon gave the Tribe a chance to win, but went home the tough luck loser in the ballgame. The lefty pitched six innings giving up just two earned runs on five hits against Boston. It marked the first time since September 19, 2011 that a Tribe left-handed starter picked up a loss.
The Bottom 7
- Tribe offense held in check. Two runs on two hits. That’s it folks. Two hits from Asdrubal Cabrera were all the Indians could get out of their offense Friday night as the rest of the lineup would go 0-for-25 against Buchholz with six strikeouts.
- Not letting Buchholz work. The Boston starter would throw 72 of his 104 pitches for strikes, and 20 of 30 for first pitch strikes last night. Not only that, but the Indians hardly let Buchholz sweat or work much throughout the entire game. His 15 pitches in the first and ninth inning were the most pitches tossed by the Red Sox right-hander in an inning yesterday.
- Buchholz almost an Indian? Before the Tribe traded former catcher Victor Martinez to Boston before the 2009 trade deadline, there was a rumor that Buchholz (then highly regarded as one of the Red Sox top prospects) could be dealt to Cleveland straight up for Martinez. While the Indians would settle for Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone instead, Buchholz has quietly put up a solid Major League career at just 27 years old. The right-hander is 45-27 with a 3.78 ERA in 96 big league starts, throwing three complete game shutouts. All Indians fans can say about that is, what if?
- Seddon’s mistake to Ross. With the game tied at one in the top of the sixth inning, Boston outfielder Cody Ross would slug Seddon’s hanging slider over the wall in left-center field for his 18th homer of the season. If Seddon does not make that mistake, the game could have very easily went into extra innings on Friday.
- Pick a leadoff man already! Indians manager Manny Acta looked like a genius went he stuck Shin-Soo Choo in the leadoff spot in the lineup earlier this season. Choo batted .310 (88-for-204) with 25 doubles, 11 homers and 27 RBI hitting first in the order. Since then, Acta has tried Jason Kipnis, Jason Donald, and now Ezequiel Carrera in the leadoff spot since moving Choo to the third in the lineup. Carrera went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night. Why fix what is not broken? While I wouldn’t put Choo in the leadoff spot long term, Acta needs to stick to one player in that roll over at least a two week stretch to see how that player fairs hitting leadoff, not continue to juggle the lineup every other day.
- No walks. Buchholz held the one time Major League team leaders in walks to none Friday night, as the Indians would strand just one base runner all game. With an offense that is not going to put up many runs, no free passes certainly does not help.
- Kipnis still out of the lineup. It’s hard not to feel bad for Jason Kipnis. Not only was he out of the lineup for the second straight game yesterday, but is in an offensive slump as well. Over his last 30 games, the Indians second baseman is hitting .193 (17-for-88) with no homers and nine RBI. And if that wasn’t enough, he was out of the lineup again with a stiff neck after sleeping on two pillows a few nights ago. Talk about bad luck.
The Top Three
- Cabrera with the Indians two hits. It was nice to see one member of the Tribe bring their hitting shoes to Progressive Field on Friday night, as Asdrubal Cabrera would collect both Indians hits against the Red Sox. His home run in the first inning was Cabrera’s 13th of the season and first since July 20.
- Allen’s on fire! Who would have thought that rookie reliever Cody Allen would have so much early big league success? With another 1 1/3 scoreless innings last night, Allen now hasn’t given up a run through his first 10 1/3 innings in the majors, surrendering just two hits as well.
- Seddon with a quality start. He didn’t pick up the win, but Seddon pitched very well on Friday night giving the Indians a chance to win tossing a quality start. The tough luck loser has shown early success in now games in both of his starts with the Tribe, as he gave up just one hit to Boston through the first three innings. While he more than likely made his last start with the Indians with Roberto Hernandez set to return, Seddon is a guy that I feel could make a name for himself if finally given that chance in the big leagues.
With the Tribe loss and White Sox victory last night, Cleveland (52-61) move back 10 games in back of Chicago in the Central Division. The Indians have now lost 12 of their last 14 games and 13 of their last 16 dating back to July 25.
Up next for the Indians: Cleveland will try and get back in the win column on Saturday, as it will be Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60 ERA) vs. Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14 ERA) at 6:05 pm. In six starts this season, Morales has held the opposition to three runs or less in five of his six first big league starts. The Indians are just 12-24 against left-handed starters this season. McAllister has never faced the Red Sox in his Major League career.
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