There’s a recent cliché “real men wear pink”. If that holds true then the Boston Red Sox are atop the world’s food chain. In honor of Mother’s Day, the Indians and Red Sox (and all of the MLB) used pink bats. Boston swung them like real men, while the Indians looked quite phased by the change as the Red Sox clubbed the Indians with those pink bats, 12-1.
Justin Masterson wasn’t quite the masterful like usual against his one-time club.
After getting the first two outs of the first inning relatively quietly, Masterson walked David Ortiz on six pitches. Adrian Gonzales followed with a double and Will Middlebrooks drove in Ortiz with a single.
Without going into all the gory details of the first inning of the Mother’s Day Massacre, after getting the first two outs on four pitches, he walked a better, allowed three straight bullets of hits and then proceeded to hit Cody Ross, meaning after those two outs, five straight batters reached base and three runs came in.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled in Middlebrooks and Daniel Nava making it 4-0.
After finally getting Mike Aviles to pop out, Masterson threw 27 pitches after getting the first two outs of the inning on four total pitches.
Over the next five innings, Masterson held the Red Sox to two runs on three hits. He wound up not walking another batter after Masterson and struck out four in his outing.
Dan Wheeler followed Masterson in what turned out to be his last outing as a Cleveland Indian and rightfully so.
In his one inning of work in the seventh inning, threw 33 pitches and allowed six runs.
Somehow Wheeler managed to get three outs but in between the Red Sox were leaving pink streak marks all over the balls that managed to stay in the ballpark.
In the inning, he allowed five hits and a walk. Three doubles and the home run by Saltalamacchia to center capped off the sixth run inning. He threw 32 pitches and 20 for strikes.
Meanwhile Daniel Bard was glad to see the Indians “swing” the pink bats. Bard had allowed nine runs in his last two starts, gave up just one to the Indians Sunday. He finished six innings allowed six runs and a run. He walked four and struck out two.
Three Boston relievers combined for three innings allowed one hit and five strikeouts to end the game.
Bard’s one inning of charity to the Indians offense where he allowed three of his four walks. Asdrubal Cabrera walked on four straight pitches that forced in Jack Hannahan, who walked with one out. Johnny Damon walked and Jason Kipnis singled but Travis Hafner hit into a double play to end the Indians only threat of the afternoon.
W: Bard (3-4) L: Masterson (1-3) HR: Saltalamacchia (5) Middlebrooks (4)
Notes: After the game the Indians designated Wheeler for assignment. No counter move has been announced. He has 10 days to be traded, released or accept his assignment which likely would be AAA Columbus. The loss for the Indians was the first three game losing streak for the team on the year.
The Indians travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins in a two game set on Monday and Tuesday.
Jeanmar Gomez (2-2 4.66) will be opposed by former Indian, Carl Pavano (2-3 5.02) at 8:10 EST.
Derek Lowe (2-2 2.47) and Jason Marquis (2-2 6.26) will be on the mound for the rubber match at 1:10 EST.
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POSTED 05/13/2012 18:55