Before the Sox depart for a pivotal four game set in Yankee Stadium, they play the rubber match against the Indians. Tonight’s game SHOULDN’T have been a rubber match. They should have been getting ready to cap off a definitive sweep of Tito’s tribe. After Price pitched a gem of six shutout innings (including delay), and Workman pitched a scoreless 7th inning… the floodgates opened up with Walden, Brasier and Lakins giving up seven runs in the last two innings.

Barnes briefly shut it down, getting the last two outs of the eigth inning. But it was all for naught. Not helping matters was that it probably shouldn’t have been a save situation to begin with. The Sox offense went a combined 3 for 15 with risp. And four batters in the lineup had 3 stranded apiece. The offense got bitter news earlier today as it was announced that Mitch Moreland is landing on the IL. Thankfully he’s not expected to be out longer than ten days.

Ryan Weber takes the mound for the Red Sox. Anything close to his six inning start vs the Blue Jays would be very much appreciated. Weber’s time with the big league club has been a good run thus far.

4 games (1 start) — (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

14 innings, 11 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 HR, 11 Ks, 1 Walk

Coming into this series, the Indians offense was 2nd worst in the AL. But unfortunately the first two games they have scored 12 Runs.

Shane Bieber takes the ball for the Indians. In his second season in the majors, Bieber is having a solid 3.11 ERA start through 11 games (10 starts). In 63.2 innings, he has struck out 79 batters (6th in AL). Bieber has had only two starts this season where he has given up more than 3 ER. This has the feeling of the game on Sunday in Houston. On paper the matchup favors the other team, but the Sox pitching & hitting buckle down together to stitch together a win.

First Pitch – 6:10pm ET !!!

Ryan Weber — First career start vs the Cleveland Indians. Career at Fenway Park in 2 games, 2.25 ERA. In those two relief appearances, he has given up just 1 ER in four innings of work. In that short span he has allowed five hits & one walk, while striking out three batters.

Cleveland Indians:

Kevin Plawecki – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

***Plawecki is the only Indians batter to have previously faced Weber.

Shane Bieber — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 games (1 start), 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA. In those two starts, he has given up 9 ER off of 13 Hits & 2 Walks in just 11 innings. He has struck out six Sox batters in that span. Career at Fenway Park in 1 start, 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA. This winning start at Fenway saw him give up 3 ER in 6.1 innings.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benitendi – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3, K

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, RBI

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI

Brock Holt – 2 for 2 (1.000 avg)

Sandy Leon – 0 for 5, 2 Ks

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, K

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double

Steve Pearce – 0 for 2

Christian Vazquez —–