Jake Westbrook maybe made out to be the goat in this game but he shouldn’t be. He was shaky in the first 3 innings. He gave up a run in each of those innings but the Cleveland Indians still had a chance. Westbrook settled in. He pitched 3 scoreless innings and gave his club a chance to get back into the game. Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn’t as solid. He got out of the first 3 innings but was tagged for a run in the 4th and again in the 5th. He was taken out in the fifth.
Cleveland had a chance to tie the game at 3 – 3. The folks at Fenway were biting their nails. It just seemed that the ball was simply bouncing the right way for the Red Sox tonight. It started with Manny’s grounder to the shortstop which should have been a route double play but the ball took a weird high hop. It hopped over the shortstop’s head which allowed a runner to score. How else would you explain the 3rd base coach not allowing Kenny Loftin, still very fast, to hold up on first. Next batter grounds into a double play.
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So, it will be Boston and Colorado. This is going to be fun.