So much for the Boston Red Sox and their 100 bajillion dollar payroll. Josh Tomlin dominated them from start to finish. His final stat line:
- 7 Innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.29
Total Pwnage. Thanks for coming. Drive home safely.
The Red Sox never had a shot in this game while Tomlin was on the mound. In the process the Tribe improved their record to 2-2 while the Red Sox fell to 0-4. For the record, no team has ever won the world series starting 0-4. Not the modern era, not the past 25 years… We’re talking about the history of ever. Have fun trying to break over 100 years worth of history (By the way, how ridiculous is that? No one would think twice about a four game losing streak in July, but a four game losing streak to start the year means no World Series title. Crazy how things like that work. Somewhere the Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, is getting ready to jump off the roof of a building head first.).
Tomlin didn’t do the work all by himself, however. Tony Sipp came in and pitched a scoreless 1, 2, 3 eighth inning using only 7 pitches… yes 7 pitches. Chris Perez came in to close things out in the ninth for his first save. Unfortunately, Perez decided he wanted to harken back to the Bob Wickman era and made it a nail biter. After getting the first out, Perez walked Dustin Pedroia and then got Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to left. Kevin Youkilis followed with a walk bringing David Ortiz to the plate representing the go ahead run. I don’t know about any of you, but I immediately began to poop myself. These are the types of situations Ortiz has become famous for. Fortunately it wasn’t Big Papi’s night and he lined out to Austin Kearns in left field. Ball Game.
In addition to Tomlin’s dominating performance, the other story of the game had to be the continued success of Travis Hafner to start the season. Pronk went 1 for 2 last night with a hard hit double hit off the wall in right field and a walk and run scored. It’s still early, but Hafner is hitting .400 and hitting the cover off the ball. If this keeps up… well I’m not sure what it means, but the Indians will be a hell of a lot more competitive than anyone thought they’d be.
On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo’s struggles at the dish continued. Choo went 0 for 4 again last night striking out twice and leaving four men on base. His batting average so far this season… .063. Ouch. Not good for someone who has regularly hit .300 or better and is considered by many to be the Tribe’s best player and one of the best players in all of baseball. There’s no doubt he’ll turn it around, but like I said the other day, it’s something to pay attention to.
There’s also one last bit of info from last night’s game I’d like to address. Everyone has been raving about the moves the Red Sox made in the offseason and how much money they spent in the process. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think the 2011 world series rings were already made. The Indians on the other hand have been ridiculed over the lack of money they spend and the trades they make.
I retweeted this last night after the game, but… the salary of the Red Sox starting lineup and starting pitcher last night: $87.4 million. The salary of the Indians starting lineup and starting pitcher: $23.4 million. The end result, Cleveland 3 Boston 1. Yes, the Red Sox are better equipped to take on the 162 game marathon of a season, but the Indians showed last night they can hang with teams like this. Is it so crazy to think they can’t hang the rest of the season?
I think they can.