Rain is expected throughout the night, but for now the Sox are intent on playing tonight. For the first time this season, the Sox stand a good chance of reaching five games over .500. They are coming off of a comfortable 12-5 Win, helped in large part to the offense’s six run 5th inning. JD Martinez supplied a couple of solo shots. But the big fly that had the biggest impact actually came courtesy of Sandy Leon. That three run deposit into the seats, turned a 5-2 game into an 8-2 game.
Rick Porcello for the most part pitched a good game. He tried to go to length of seven innings, but had to be pulled as he ran into trouble with two outs. The Red Sox are 7-1 in Porcello’s last eight starts.
David Price takes the mound for the Sox. Price’s last time out saw him only record two outs against the Astros, due to a flu that he was trying to fight off. He brings a 3-2 record with a solid 3.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and opp .227 avg against the Indians lineup. Tito never was one to rely on bunts, but desperate times call for desperate measures as he’s been calling for it a lot more frequently. Last night he even had the cleanup hitter doing so… That’s desperation.
Zach Plesac, nephew of former player & MLB Network commentator Dan Plesac, takes the ball for the Indians. This is the major league debut for the 24 yr old right hander. While Plesac has had great success this year in the Indians’ AA and AAA squads, its’ interesting to note that he is not in the Indians’ Top 30 prospects rankings on MLB.com and FanGraphs.
9 starts (4-1, 1.99 ERA)
57.1 innings, 38 Hits, 9 Runs, 2 HRs, 56 Ks, 7 Walks
First Pitch: 7:10pm ET !!!
David Price — Career vs Cleveland Indians in 15 starts, 11-2 with a 2.06 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 53 games (50 starts), 27-8 with a 3.01 ERA.
Greg Allen – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) K
Jake Bauers – 0 for 2, Walk, K
Mike Freeman —–
Jason Kipnis – 8 for 29 (.276 avg) 2 Doubles, 7 Ks
Francisco Lindor – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) RBI, 2 Ks
Jordan Luplow —–
Leonys Martin – 2 for 13 (.154 avg) 2 Ks
Oscar Mercado —–
Roberto Perez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) Double, 4 Ks
Kevin Plawecki —–
Jose Ramirez – 1 for 12 (.083 avg) Walk, 6 Ks
Carlos Santana – 11 for 34 (.324 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 RBIs, 7 Walks, 7 Ks