Cleveland Sends Message to Red Sox Nation: Indians 7, Boston 3

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All year long MLB has forced fed the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox down baseball fan’s collective throats. This practice has masked just how good the rest of the league has become. The Colorado Rockies have won 21 out of 22 games to make their first World Series appearance. The Cleveland Indians, seemingly another team of destiny, have shown the world they are for real and trust that Red Sox nation doesn’t know what hit ’em.

Eric Wedge’s Cleveland Indians are using a total team effort to push the vaunted Boston Red Sox to the brink of playoff extinction. Using quality pitching and timely hitting to energize the Jacob Field faithful Cleveland won Game 4, 7-3.

Since trailing early in game two, Cleveland has outscored the American League East champions 18-5. They have also scored first every game of this series–putting pressure on the Sox–and are 4-0 at home in the post season. Paul Byrd’s old school double pump windup and subsequent cut fastballs kept Boston’s batters guessing as the Red Sox failed once again to put runners on in front of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.

Byrd threw first pitch strikes to eighteen of the twenty one batters he faced.

Kevin Youklis, Ortiz and Ramirez did become the first post season teammates to go back to back to back, but the effort was wasted as Cleveland firmly had Game 4 in hand.

In the bottom of the fifth, Casey Blake started jump started the scoring with a bomb off Wakefield–who up to that point kept Cleveland’s lineup in check. Naysayers can second guess Terry Francona for his pitching choice but Francona made the right decision even in defeat. Cleveland was hitless for 4 and 2/3 innings before Peralta doubled off the left center wall. This loss was not on Wakefield, it was more a testament of the hunger, discipline and magic surrounding Cleveland’s franchise in realizing their World Series Championship quest.

An ALCS victory will add credibility to what has always been a very tight knit organization.

These fans can taste it and have given their team the total support it needs to get that ring.

When Casey Blake stepped to the plate for the second time and delivered a run scoring single, fans were rejoicing the decisive seven run, thirty five minute bottom half of the fifth inning that might have effectively catapulted Cleveland to the brink of an American League Pennant. Jhonny Peralta, who hit a three run homer to start a seven run 11th in Game 2, hit another three run blast as Cleveland became the first team to have two seven run innings in a series.

Rafael Betancourt and Jensen Lewis allowed one run after Byrd was chased in the fifth to seal the victory and hand a series clinching opportunity to Cleveland’s ace, C.C. Sabathia.

In the three victories, Cleveland has chased Schilling, Matsuzaka and Charlie Hough Wakefield after exactly 4 and 2/3 innings.

Josh Beckett, C.C. Sabathia II. The probable Cy Young front runners meet again with the series on the line.

Beckett might win the Cy Young award, but C.C. is pitching for team prominence and assuredly wants everyone to forget his ALCS opening abysmal performance.

Will we see a performance for the ages or will Game Five be a repeat Game One?


18 Responses to “Cleveland Sends Message to Red Sox Nation: Indians 7, Boston 3”

  1. It’s not 2004, the Sox are meat. Go Tribe!!!

    I’m only saying that because I married an Indian fan.

  2. Des

    That’s cool but what I want to know is, are the Yankees ever going to win another world series?

  3. Say what you want, but the Sox have been in this position before. This series is about momentum and one pitcher can throw that momentum off. Beckett could be the one, especially with the playoff experience he has. It’s all one game at a time now.

  4. Ctrenta that was 2004. They are not playing the hated Yankees. Manny having dinner at home plate after a monster blast when his team is down four? Manny is a beast and a tremendous Hall of Fame hitter, but that was out of hand.

    You cannot base your whole existence on one World Series.

  5. Michelle,

    I’m an Oriole fan. The Yankees will win one before my
    team will 🙂

  6. Indians look like a great team, but its hard to feel good about a team with such a racist logo, and all those Cleveland fans dressed like Hollywood Indians. That’s crap. I wonder how Red Sox player Ellsbury (Navajo) feels looking out at the stands.

  7. GM I totally agree. I can’t stand the logo. It bothers me every time I see it.

  8. You people can’t be serious?

  9. GM,

    I live in the Cleveland area, and I can’t stand seeing that racist logo either. In fact, the only Indians’ cap I own has the scripted “C” on it.

  10. AS a Red Sox fan, I can only tell you that we saw this coming. The Sox don’t hit in the clutch at all, and the pitching is not as good as advertised. That said, next year looks great. A rotation of Beckett, Matsuzaka(having adjusted to the US) Clay Bucholtz, a star in waiting, and Lester bodes well. Not to mention Ellsbury, another star in waiting. And will I be glad to see the last of Schilling!

  11. I forgot to mention, you could encapsule this series with the following stat. The Indians are hitting 380 something with runners in scoring position and 2 out. The Sox? About 180. ‘Nuff said!

  12. Des

    For my sake lets hope it’s sooner than later.

  13. Mark,

    Where will the Sox play Ellsbury? And what will they do
    (if they can do anything at all) with J.D. Drew? His passion
    for the game begins when he gets his check and ends when he
    cashes it.

  14. “‘Nuff said,” indeed!

  15. Hey Mizzo… Sox beat Cleveland in seven games! Still don’t think the Sox haven’t been in that position before?

  16. Wow! The Red Sox “Rolling Rally” to celebrate an awesome World Series win was fantastic! Nowhere else in the MLB is there a connection between the players and their fans as there is in Boston. Red Sox Nation is the biggest, most loyal MLB fan base around & for good reason…..even when they are not winning the World Series – the Red Sox are a great team!!

  17. Harold Secore Says:

    What are Indian fans tasting now? Blowing a 3 game to one lead to those Red Sox, not as bad as Yankees choking on 3 – 0 lead. Sox rule !!!!!!!!

  18. Alright, Enough is enough. You Red Sox fans on here are killing me. Ok, the RS organiation has made all the right moves and it’s your time now. I get that but don’t disrespect the Yankee tradition and history of winning. Like Arnold said I’LL BE BACK! Enjoy the celebration now, cause the Yankees will be back. PLEASE BELIEVE THAT!

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