And now we can only hope for a series tie.
Given that with Will Middlebrooks gone, and Sox having fallen to six behind in the wild card race even the more devoted optimists seem to be falling into despair, I think it's maybe time to start focusing in on individual performances. So, for today, let's go looking for:
1) A hit from Carl Crawford. He's 0-for-8 since his big burst of offense. Bonus points if he can go to the opposite field with authority, even if he does find a defender.
2) A good outing from Jon Lester. He's shown some life of late, and Cleveland isn't great against left-handed hitters. Seven innings, three or fewer runs, 2:1 K:BB or better would be nice.
3) Any sign from Jacoby Ellsbury he's still got power.
|2012 - Jon Lester||5-10||24||23||2||0||0||0||141.0||155||90||84||18||42||117||5.36||1.40|
|2012 - Corey Kluber||0-0||2||2||0||0||0||0||10.1||15||9||7||2||4||7||6.10||1.84|
|BOSTON RED SOX||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Jason Donald, 2B|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Asdrubal Cabrera, DH|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Shin-Soo Choo, RF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Carlos Santana, 1B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Shelley Duncan, LF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH||Brent Lillibridge, SS|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Lou Marson, C|
|Danny Valencia, 3B||Jack Hannahan, 3B|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||Ezequiel Carrera, CF|