Friday in Cleveland saw the Indians score 6 runs on 9 hits. This comes after a 10 hit, 5 run performance on Thursday. It’s safe to say that the Indians have shown up in the ALDS. It’s still unclear if the Red Sox have.
On Thursday, the Red Sox did manage 4 runs on 10 hits in a one run loss to the Indians, but their bats were silent on Friday. They managed just 3 hits, all singles. They also failed to score.
Corey Kluber definitely deserves credit. He pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball against baseball’s best offense. The Red Sox veteran core of Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Hanley Ramirez were all held hitless. In the top of the 8th the Sox looked threatening. They had two on with one out, when Brock Holt connected on a ball to center only for it to be run down by Rajai Davis.
The Indians on the other hand had no issue scoring runs on David Price. They tagged him for 6 hits and 5 earned runs in 3.1 innings. He also walked 2. Brandon Guyer went 3-4 with 2 runs. While Lonnie Chisenhall helped the cause with a 3 run home run.
Going forward the Red Sox are going to need to figure out how to shut down the Indians offense. Adding to Chisenhall and Guyer’s big offensive night were Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez, who are both hitting .571 in the series.
The Red Sox should be looking forward to the move to Boston now. Cleveland was not nearly as good on the road this season. And while the Indians have a strong offense of their own, they can’t match the Red Sox’s firepower if they manage to get it going.