Closing Time: Asdrubal Cabrera’s early-morning walkoff homer hands Indians sweep of Red Sox
|06.05.14 at 2:05 am ET|
CLEVELAND — It started with a two-hour, 28-minute rain delay, mixed in with a bit of Johnny Manziel pregame preening (courtesy the first-pitch ceremony). And it all finished off with the Indians punctuating their three-game sweep of the Red Sox early Thursday morning.
The Indians claimed the 7-4 victory in the wee hours thanks to a 12th-inning rally against Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica.
Mike Aviles started things with a one-out, infield single, and was followed with another hit, this one from Michael Bourn who slid a grounder under first baseman Brock Holt‘s glove.
Then, with the Red Sox employing five infielders and just two outfielders, Asdrubal Cabrera launched a three-run homer over the right-field fence for the walkoff win.
“It was a changeup, high in the zone,” said Mujica, who hadn’t surrendered a run, and just two hits, over his previous five outings. “That situation right there, I’m looking for a ground ball. I want to throw my best pitch. The first one was pretty good and that one just ran a little bit inside and he put a pretty good swing on it.”
The game, which ended just after 2 a.m., took four- hours, 29 minutes to complete.
Here is what went wrong (and right) for the Red Sox.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
— The Indians tied things up at 2 in the sixth inning when Jason Kipnis greeted reliever Chris Capuano with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Cabrera. Cabrera had drawn a leadoff walk off Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, with Michael Brantley following up with a single to bring on Capuano.
— David Murphy kept things going in the sixth by reaching out and placing a bases-loaded line drive just over the head of second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The hit — coming on a 1-2 pitch from Capuano — gave the hosts a 4-2 lead and drove the Sox lefty from the game.
— Xander Bogaerts was hit with yet another pitch, this time taking a Corey Kluber fastball off the right elbow. It gives him a team-leading seven hit-by-pitches.
— Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was tossed by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott with nobody out in the sixth inning. After Workman tossed ball four to Cabrera, it appeared as the backstop exchanged words with Wolcott while asking for a new ball. It was the ninth time a Red Sox player/coach/manager was ejected this season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
— John Farrell‘s decision to bunt Jackie Bradley with nobody out and runners on first and second paid off in the seventh. After a walk to Stephen Drew and Daniel Nava‘s single, Bradley advanced the runners, allowing Holt to tie the game at 4 with a single up the middle against Kluber.
— David Ortiz launched a 93 mph fastball from Kluber 422 feet on a line into the right-field bleachers, scoring Bogaerts and giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Grabbing any kind of a lead against Kluber was a feat in itself, with the righty having gone 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA for the month of May while notching a major league-best 60 strikeouts. He came into the game tied with the Sox’ Jon Lester for most punchouts in the American League (95).
— Workman turned in another solid outing despite having to exit with two on and nobody out in the sixth. He was charged with three runs over five-plus innings, allowing four hits while throwing 85 pitches.
“I thought he went out and he kept the game under control,” Farrell said of his pitcher. “The first inning, they get a ball that drops in on some miscommunication that ends up costing us a run and a few extra pitches in that first inning. I thought he used his curveball well, mixed his stuff up, and after the walk to lead off the sixth and the base hit by Brantley, he turned it over to the bullpen in the sixth inning, which is kind of what we’re expecting right now.”
— Burke Badenhop cleaned up the mess in the sixth inning, coming on with runners on first and third with nobody out. After a fielder’s choice grounder to third, Badenhop induced his ninth double play of the season when Jason Giambi hit into a 4-6-3 twin killing. The righty has induced more double plays than any other reliever in the majors.
— Drew made his best defensive play since returning to the Sox, going deep in the hole between third and short on an Aviles grounder in the fifth inning. Aviles was initially ruled safe, but after a review the play was determined to be the second out of the frame. (On the road, bullpen catcher Brian Abraham is brought in to review replays, freeing up video coordinator Billy Broadbent to tend to other duties.)
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