Cleveland (AP) - It's been a long time since the Tribe had won a playoff series. In fact, it was the 2005 season when the Indians beat Toronto in a quarter finals match. This season, the Indians have a strong team and they disposed of the Boston Red Sox in a six game series. A recap of the series:
Boston 8, Cleveland 2 - Chris Sale came through with a solid 9 innings at Rangers Ballpark as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8 to 2. Boston took the lead off Shelby Miller in the first inning plating an isolated run on 2 hits. Boston finished with 10 hits in the victory. The victory went to Sale(1-0) who went the distance allowing 2 runs. The loss was charged to Miller(0-1). Despite losing, he struckout 10 Boston batters in 7 and 2/3 innings.
Boston 4, Cleveland 3 - Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio had 3 base hits as the Boston Red Sox came back to win one over Cleveland Indians, 4 to 3. Boston scored the winning runs in the top of the 9th inning with 2 runs utilizing 3 base hits. Jonathan Lucroy led off and started the attack as he
ripped a single. Justin Upton followed next and he slapped a single. Alexei Ramirez followed, but he was set down on strikes. Bonifacio was up next and he banged out a single resulting in a run. Ryan Raburn came to the plate and would ground out scoring the final run of the inning. Both teams totaled 8 hits on the afternoon.
Matt Thornton(1-0) went 2/3 of an inning allowing no runs for the victory. Joe Nathan gained credit for his 1st save. A.J. Ramos(0-1) took the loss in relief.
Cleveland 2, Boston 1 - Ricky Nolasco struck out 13 batters at Nationals Park as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox by the count of 2 to 1. Nolasco(1-0) simply dominated Boston. He was stingy on the mound, allowing just 4 hits and 1 walk in 8 and 2/3 innings. The teams had been locked in a scoreless duel until the 7th inning. Nolasco got relief help from Jim Henderson who gained credit for his 1st save. Jose Fernandez(0-1) ended up with the loss.
Cleveland 4, Boston 0 - Jhoulys Chacin whitewashed Boston as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 4 to 0. Chacin(1-0) was on top of his game. He didn't give up much, just 4 hits and 4 walks in 9 innings. Cleveland finished with 8 hits in the victory. Matt Cain(0-1) was the loser. He surrendered only 2 runs and 4 hits in 7 innings.
Cleveland 5, Boston 3 (10) - Second baseman Ben Zobrist hit one over the fence as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings by a score of 5 to 3.
Both teams were tied at 2 runs apiece after nine innings. Cleveland came out on top in the 10th inning. Zobrist began things off when he blasted a solo shot. Erick Aybar was next to the plate, but was promptly struck out. Pedro Alvarez then stroked a base-hit. Marlon Byrd was up next and he slapped a one-base hit. Matt Carpenter came up to bat and ripped a single bringing in another run. After another out, Jay Bruce stepped up to the plate and he laced a base-hit scoring the final run of the inning. Cleveland and Boston each finished the night with 9 hits.
The win went to Tim Stauffer(1-0) who allowed no runs in 4 innings. Stauffer got help from Jim Henderson who was credited with his 2nd save. Junichi Tazawa(0-1) ended up with the loss in relief. He pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up 3 hits and no walks.
Cleveland 6, Boston 5 - The Cleveland Indians nipped the Boston Red Sox 6 to 5 at Rangers Ballpark in a hard fought contest. Cleveland had 2 runs cross the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning when they had 5 base hits. It was enough scoring to earn the victory. Boston threatened in the 9th but Cleveland was able to put down the rally.
The winning pitcher was Ervin Santana(1-0) who allowed 4 runs in 7 and 1/3 innings. Jim Henderson gained credit for his 3rd save. Jordan Zimmermann(0-1) ended up with the loss. He was hit hard and gave up 13 hits and 3 walks in 5 and 2/3 innings.