Fifth Time’s the Charm for Boston

The Indians lost to the Red Sox last night.  My expert analysis… It had to happen eventually.  The Indians also ran into the 2007 version of Josh Beckett instead of the 2011 version.  He was good last night.  Fausto Carmona was less good, not bad, but not great.  With the normal, full-strength lineup his performance probably would have been enough to win, but with the injuries and lineup juggling Manny Acta has been doing lately he needed to be better.

The big blow of the game came off of the bat of 87 year old Jason Varitek.  The veteran catcher slash captain of the Red Sox showed signs of life for the first time in ages last night when he sent a two run homer into the stands in the 7th.  It was the difference in the game, plain and simple.  Jason flippin’ Varitek… ugh.  I’m sorry, I’m just having a tough time believing the Tribe lost a game due to the blind squirrel theory.  I’d like to punt that squirrel this morning.

The bright sport from last night’s game was Travis Buck.  He went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs scored and a home run.  Since he’s been recalled from Triple A, he’s been hitting a lot better than he did during his first go around on the big club.  He’s hitting for average and now is starting to hit for power.  I really like Travis Buck.  He was a high draft pick with a lot of upside.  I’m intrigued to see what else he could possibly provide to the Indians moving forward.

Anyways, thanks to work I don’t have time to get much deeper into last night’s game.  They square off against the Red Sox in the rubber match of the series today at noon.  It’ll be Jon Lester versus Mitch Talbot, who’s making his first start coming off of the DL.  Here are the lineups.


  1. Michael Brantley, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Shelley Dunca, DH
  5. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  6. Austin Kearns, LF
  7. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  8. Lou Marson, C
  9. Adam Everett, 2B
  • Mitch Talbot, P


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Jed Lowery, SS
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Mike Cameron, LF
  9. Drew Sutton, 3B
  • Jon Lester, P

2 thoughts on “Fifth Time’s the Charm for Boston

  1. Jason Varitek is like… 39 maybe? And he is and always will be amazing.
    And 2011 Beckett has kind of become 2007 Beckett. It’s this whole big time machine thing. I have a theory.
    Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the game yesterday and am thoroughly enjoying the game today…
    It’s the top of the 6th. I’m sure anything can happen…

    It will be nice when you’re playing the Yankees again and I can appreciate your commentary more. 🙂

  2. I know this has nothing to do with this post but how does it feel to get stomped on by Jo-Jo Reyes and the Jays??? Complete game, 1er, and a win after 28 consecutive starts without one. Not so happy times in Cleveland right about now.

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