May 29, 2019

G56: Cleveland 14, Red Sox 9

Cleveland - 213 112 400 - 14 18  1
Red Sox   - 120 300 030 -  9 14  0
Cleveland steamrolled over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, scoring in the each of the first seven innings and making a worthy bid to become the first American League team (ever!) to score in all nine innings.

That still has not happened, thankfully (if (or when) it finally happens, I'd rather it not be against the Red Sox), but that was one of the few positives of the game.

Some of the other bright spots: Jackie Bradley singled, doubled, homered, and scored twice. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Xander Bogaerts also went deep. Christian Vázquez's bat remained hot as he collected two singles and a double in four trips. SN's batting average has skyrocketed from .218 (on May 3) to .301 in 19 games.

Seven of Cleveland's nine batters had at least two hits. Cleveland had 26 (!) plate appearances with a runner at second or third (or both). Among their 18 hits were three triples, two by Greg Allen.

Carlos Santana had a decent game: he gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead with a triple in the first inning and he scored on a wild pitch; he walked and scored in the third; he hit a solo home run in the fourth; he walked and scored in the sixth; he doubled with the bases loaded in the seventh, knocking in all three runs (Cleveland's final runs for the evening); and (with a chance for a single (and the cycle), he struck out swinging in the ninth.

The Red Sox are 7.5 games back as they head to New York for four games against the Yankees.
Shane Bieber / Ryan Weber
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
Chavis, 1B
Bradley, CF
Vázquez, C
Mitch Moreland was placed on the 10-day IL with a low back strain. Pitcher Travis Lakins was optioned to Pawtucket and pitchers Colten Brewer and Josh Taylor were recalled from Pawtucket. Taylor is wearing #72.

Ryan Weber pitched six innings of one-run ball (giving up three hits and no walks) at Toronto last Thursday. Weber has allowed only two runs in 14 innings this season (1.29 ERA).

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