COREY KLUBER

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS

 2016 ALDS, GAME #2
David Price and the Sox lose again

October 7, 2016 ... A 6-0 loss against the Cleveland Indians did more than put the Sox in a 2-0 hole in their best-of-five Division Series. It seemed to leave them stunned. The American League East champions have pitched, hit, and fielded poorly for two games. A team that knew 10 days ago it would advance to the postseason looks unprepared for it.

David Price, who has waited six months for a postseason start to throw back in the faces of those who doubt him, couldn't get through four innings. He allowed five runs over 31/3 innings and turned the rest of the game into a slog. It was the shortest start of what has been a tortured postseason career for Price. The lefthander is 2-8 with a 5.43 earned run average in 15 postseason appearances. In nine playoff starts he is 0-8 with a 5.74 ERA. On what has been an otherwise exemplary resume, the postseason is a stain Price has been unable to remove.

The Sox, who led the majors in scoring, are 13 of 65 (.200) in the series with 22 strikeouts. They never really threatened the Indians, advancing only one runner as far as third. Ortiz and Pedroia are 1 for 8 in the series. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. are 2 for 20. The best players are playing the worst.

The game essentially ended when Price allowed four runs in the second inning. It was three jabs and a knockout punch. Carlos Santana grounded a single into left field. Jose Ramirez then chopped a ball to the left side that Brock Holt could not make a play on. It went for an infield hit. Price jammed Brandon Guyer and broke his bat. But the ball fluttered into center field for an RBI single. Lefthanded-hitting Lonnie Chisenhall normally does not play against lefthanders. But Indians manager Terry Francona went against that because Chisenhall was 4 of 11 against Price with two extra-base hits. There's a reason Francona is 30-18 in the postseason. Chisenhall lined a homer to right field and the Indians had a 4-0 lead. It was his first home run against a lefthander all season.

When Price walked No. 9 hitter Roberto Perez in the fourth inning, Farrell lifted his starter. Jason Kipnis then singled off Matt Barnes to drive in a run. In both the fourth and sixth innings, the Sox failed to turn double plays that would have prevented runs. Even the sure-handed Pedroia let a ball go through his legs in the sixth.

Going back to the regular season, the Red Sox have lost seven of their last eight games and scored 21 runs.

 
 
 

2016 A.L. DIVISIONAL SERIES

 

 

Boston Red Sox

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Cleveland Indians

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2016
American League Divisional Series, Game 2

 

 

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CLEVELAND INDIANS

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W-Corey Kluber (1-0)
L-David Price (0-1)
Attendance 37,842

HR-Chisenhall (Clev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED SOX

 

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Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 0 0  

 

Brock Holt 3b 4 0 1  

 

Mookie Betts rf 3 0 1  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 0 0  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 0  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 1  

 

Andrew Benintendi lf 3 0 0  

 

Sandy Leon c 2 0 0  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 2 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  
  David Price 3.1 6 5 3  
  Matt Barnes 1.2 3 0 1  
  Robbie Ross 0.1 0 0 1  
  Brad Ziegler 0.2 0 0 1  
  Joe Kelly 1.2 0 0 1  
  Craig Kimbrel 0.1 0 0 1  

 

         

 

             

 

INDIANS

 

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Rajai Davis cf 3 0 1  

 

Jason Kipnis 2b 3 0 1  

 

Francisco Lindor ss 4 0 0  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 4 0 1  

 

Carlos Santana dh 4 1 1  

 

Jose Ramirez 3b 4 1 2  

 

Brandon Guyer lf 4 2 3  

 

Lonnie Chisenhall rf 4 1 1  

 

Roberto Perez c 2 1 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  
  Corey Kluber 7 3 0 7  
  Dan Otero 1 0 0 1  
  Bryan Shaw 1 0 0 0