The Red Sox extended their winning streak to 11 games last night. The Indians struggle hard enough to get just one.
So with the score tied at zero in the ninth inning the Indians went for the power play in front of the home crowd. Bringing in closer Kerry Wood to calm the Boston bats and give the Indians a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
Boston outfielder Jason Bay quelled those thoughts with a three-run home run to left center field. The Boston Globe points out that Bay is red hot this season.
Bay is now 10 for 20 (.500) with 4 homers and 10 RBIs from the seventh inning on.
Wood had perhaps the best summation of the game afterward, per MLB.com:
"Cliff [Lee] throws 110 pitches and holds them scoreless," Wood said. "I'm in for 12 pitches, and it's 3-0."
Wood has been the exception to the rule, until Monday night.
But then, again would it have been a different game had the Indians bats been working? Perhaps that is an unfair statement when Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was fluttering every which way into the night.
Both Lee and Wakefield were at the top of their game, Per the Boston Globe:
The base paths of Progressive Field, with only minor efforts needed by the grounds crew to drag the infield, looked nearly as pristine in the eighth inning as they did in the first last night. By the end of eight, the Indians had gotten two men to third base. The Red Sox hadn't gotten one past second.
Credit Tim Wakefield, the ace so far of the Sox staff, and Cliff Lee, last year's Cy Young Award winner, for the dearth of offense and the swift pace of the game. Each side had exactly six runners through those first eight innings, walks contributing runners for Wakefield, hits for Lee.
-- Despite the Boston Red Sox being in town, the weather being extremely nice and the Cavaliers having an off day; the attendance still struggled at "The Prog." What gives?