Just six days after winning for the first time as a major leaguer, Zach McAllister was called upon in short notice to face the Boston Red Sox. He turned in a solid start, but wasn’t able to best Felix Doubront and the Boston Red Sox, as the Indians lost 4-1.
McAllister managed to get eight punch outs against the Sox, as he filled in for an injured Josh Tomlin. He fared well against Boston but was briefly tattooed in the third inning.
Back-to-back doubles in the third inning by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz scored the Red Sox their first two runs of the game. Mike Aviles led the inning off with a sharp single.
In his seven innings of work, McAllister scattered eight hits on 112 pitches (80 strikes). He didn’t walk a batter but was charged with all four of the Red Sox runs.
When he did allow hits, they were shots. In addition to the few hard hit balls in the third inning, the Red tacked on another in the fourth. Daniel Nava singled and ended up scoring on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia ground rule double that was just over a foot away from being a home run.
Cody Ross though, did actually hit a home run off of McAllister. In the sixth inning, Ross hit a meatball over the green monster that might see still flying tomorrow on their flight out of Boston.
While that capped off the scoring for the Red Sox, the Indians batters made Felix Doubront look liked Felix Hernandez.
Doubront worked just six innings but allowed just three hits and the Indians lone run. He walked two and struck out five.
His bullpen, Andrew Miller, Vincente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves worked a perfect three final innings.
The Indians only run came thanks to a lead off bloop double by Lou Marson that fell in front of right fielder Cody Ross and rolled behind him. A Michael Brantley groundout advanced Marson and he scored on a Jason Kipnis groundout.
While they only hit into one double play, the Indians never had more than one runner on.
W: Doubront (3-1) L: McAllister (1-1) S: Aceves (7)
HR: Ross (6)
Notes: McAllister made the start because the Indians a few short hours before the game, placed Josh Tomlin on the DL with a sore wrist. They also demoted Jason Donald back to AAA Columbus and added Jose Lopez back the 40 man roster and called him up. To make room for Lopez back on the 40, the Indians designated AA Akron OF, Nick Weglarz for assignment. The 24 year old outfielder was once considered one of the organizations top prospects thanks to his big power. In 2007 Weglarz hit 24 home runs between Class A Lake County and Kinston. Over the last three years Weglarz had incurred several injuries that held him back and led to the move.
The Indians will go for the series split on Sunday afternoon at 1:35.
Justin Masterson (1-2 5.20) who is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 4 starts against his former team will start for the Tribe.
Daniel Bard (2-4 4.83) will try to give the Red Sox the series lead.
The Indians have not lost a series since losing to Chicago back on their second series of the year.
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POSTED 05/13/2012 01:22