Closing Time: Red Sox still winless after loss to Indians
|04.05.11 at 9:53 pm ET|
CLEVELAND — The Red Sox didn’t follow Charlie Sheen’s lead Tuesday night.
While the actor was performing his ‘act’ just a few blocks away — surely drawing more than the announced crowd of 9,025 at Progressive Field (the smallest crowd the Sox have played in front of since 2000) — Terry Francona‘s bunch couldn’t stake claim to such Sheen staples as “Winning” (or even “Tiger Blood.”)
Truth be told, as bad as Sheen might have been in his debut in Detroit, what the Red Sox continued to churn out might be considered more offensive.
The Sox dropped to 0-4 on the season after falling to the Indians, 3-1, in a game where Josh Beckett wasn’t quite good enough, and the team’s offense was far from acceptable.
Here is what went wrong and went right for the Red Sox:
WHAT WENT WRONG
– The lineup, which was supposed to be perhaps the best in team history, has yet to find its way. Against Cleveland’s fourth starter, Josh Tomlin, the Sox managed just three hits over seven innings. Some key cogs in the batting order stayed cold at inopportune times, with Carl Crawford (0-for-4, .133), Kevin Youkilis (0-for-2, .182) and Marco Scutaro (still without a hit for the season) coming up empty.
– J.D. Drew offered a healthy dose of optimism when ripping a double in the right field corner in the second inning in his first at-bat. Unfortunately for the outfielder, who was playing in his second game of the season, the good times came to a screeching halt when he waited far too long to slide when running home on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single. The result of the baserunning boo-boo (which wasn’t the fault of David Ortiz, who was urging Drew to slide after crossing the plate, himself) was an out.
– Beckett couldn’t make it into the sixth inning against what is considered a far-from-potent Indians lineup. He finished throwing 106 pitches over five frames before giving way to Matt Albers. A 24-pitch fourth inning, along with a 33-pitch fifth didn’t help matters for the righty.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Beckett’s outing, while far from spectacular, wasn’t all that discouraging. He finished his night giving up three runs on five hits over his five innings, striking out four and walking four. His best pitch was clearly the change-up, which dipped down to as low as 85 mph (a level usually not seen with the righty throwing the pitch). The fastball, however, failed to have the giddy-up seen in Houston, sitting at 93 mph.
– Keeping Saltalamacchia in the lineup paid off for Red Sox manager Terry Francona, with the catcher giving the Sox a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he plated Ortiz with an opposite field single on Tomlin’s 0-2 pitch. Saltalamacchia also drew a walk.
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