Monday, October 15, 2007

Cleveland DOES ROCK!

Jake Westbrook points to Red Sox Nation. GOTCHA BABY!!!!
Sox LOSE 4-2 - Down 2-1 in ALCS
Sox Make Jake Westbrook Look Like Greg Maddux. The Jake Makes Fenway Sound Like a Funeral Parlor!

Deject and Rejected - Julio, CoCo & Tito -- Dazed by the Scalping going on at the Jake!

Well traveled Kenny Lofton gets well deserved congratulations from the Cleveland bench. Lofton's tow run homer lofted the tribe to a Game 2 victory at Jacobs Field.

Captain V-Tek is the only highlight of the night. He smashes a two run HR to DEEEP Center. BUT that was not enough as the Sox lost 4-2.

The $103 Million Dollar Man Failed Again in the Post Season!

Red Sox go down 4-2 in the Tribal Village called Jacobs Field tonight. Dice K - Fails. Francoma leaves him in two runs too long. Bottom of the order fails...must be very careful. Backs could be against the wall after tonight's game.

Three double kills and another lack of clutch hitting put Sox down 2-1 in the ALCS. No panic, but there is a serious concern.

Sox have fought back all year long. They have shown serious Balls and it is expected that with Wake on the bump tonight a win is in the offing.

CLEVELAND -- Going against a pitcher who makes his living on keeping the ball down, the last thing the Red Sox wanted to do in Monday night's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was turn their offense into a ground attack. But when Jake Westbrook is on, that's what he does to a team. He did it to the Red Sox in this one, leaving them thoroughly frustrated en route to a 4-2 loss to the Indians at Jacobs Field.

At this point and time, however, the Red Sox aren't in a position to let frustration linger. Now trailing, 2-1, in this best-of-seven series, what they need badly is a win in Tuesday night's Game 4 behind the knuckle ball offerings of Tim Wakefield.

On a night Boston hit into three inning-ending double-play balls, they simply couldn't get the job done against Westbrook. There were 14 ground-ball outs in all.

As for Daisuke Matsuzaka, his second postseason start was eerily similar to his first one. He couldn't quite put hitters away. Over 4 2/3 innings, he surrendered six hits and four runs, walking two and striking out six.

Meanwhile, Westbrook did a number on the Red Sox, holding them scoreless for the first six innings and getting 14 ground-ball outs in the process. Westbrook allowed seven hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out two.

It wasn't as if the Red Sox lacked chances. In the second, for example, J.D. Drew hit a grounder to first that Ryan Garko literally fell down on before making a play. That made it bases loaded and nobody out. But Westbrook did what he needed to, getting a shallow flyout to left from Jason Varitek and an inning-ending 6-3 double play off the bat of Coco Crisp.

As if the lost opportunity didn't sting enough, Kenny Lofton took Matsuzaka deep in the bottom of the inning, belting a two-run shot that literally landed on the top of the wall before bouncing over it. It was Lofton's seventh career postseason homer, and it came on a 93-mph fastball over the heart of the plate.

With the big boppers coming up in the fourth, the Red Sox looked to even the score. David Ortiz led off with a double high off the wall in left. But in a cruel twist of fate, Manny Ramirez's hard single hit Ortiz on the way to left-center. The play was ruled a single and a putout by Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Mike Lowell then belted a towering drive to left that was about 10 feet to the left of the foul pole. That only served as more evidence of the kind of frustration the Red Sox were experiencing.

While the Red Sox couldn't get the big hit they needed against Westbrook, the Indians again rallied off Matsuzaka in the fifth. Casey Blake got things started with a one-out single to left. Grady Sizemore drew a walk. Asdrubal Cabrera slammed an RBI single up the middle to make it 3-0. With runners at the corners and one out, Matsuzaka badly wanted a double play off the bat of Travis Hafner. Dice-K almost got it, thanks to Dustin Pedroia, who ranged toward the middle to get a grounder before stepping on second and then firing to first. But Hafner just beat it out, and Cleveland had a 4-0 edge. Matsuzaka then gave up a bloop single to Victor Martinez on pitch No. 101, and he was removed in favor of Mike Timlin. The veteran righty setup man did his job, striking out Garko to end the inning.

Again, the Red Sox seemed on the cusp of getting back into it in the sixth. Kevin Youkilis smacked a one-out single up the middle and Ortiz drew a walk, bringing the dangerous Ramirez to the plate. But after getting ahead, 3-0, Westbrook got the count full and then Ramirez hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Finally, the Red Sox got on the board in the seventh, and it came with one big swing from Varitek. The captain went down and golfed a 91-mph fastball over the wall in center for a two-run homer that cut the deficit in half.

Ian Browne is a reporter for

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