ALDS Game 3: Tribe Completes Sweep, Move On To ALCS
Indians Will Face Blue Jays in ALCS
With the echoes of “Papi” resonating through Fenway Park Monday night, you would have figured David Ortiz hit another walk-off blast sending the Red Sox to victory. That wasn’t the case this time.
The chanting started after the Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall caught the third out ending the Division Series, sending Cleveland to the American League Championship Series with a 4-3 win completing the sweep over the Red Sox.
Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin picked up his first win of the postseason. He lasted five innings giving up two runs on four hits, while walking just one and striking out four. After allowing a run in the fourth inning, he was lifted in favor of Andrew Miller after he gave up a lead-off single in the fifth to Dustin Pedroia.
The Indians got on the board first in the fourth inning off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. After allowing the first two baserunners to reach in the inning and a sac bunt by Coco Crisp, Buchholz served up a two-run single to Tyler Naquin putting the Indians on the board first.
With the score 2-1 in the sixth inning, Crip hit a two-run home run off of Drew Pomeranz which would prove to be the game winning hit.
The Red Sox would have their chances and inch closer, but could never get the job done. The best threat was in the bottom of the eighth inning when they were able to scratch one across, but a Xander Bogaerts line out ended all of that.
Jack Bradley Jr. who had an abysmal series made things interesting in the ninth with his first hit of the postseason. Pedroia drew a walk putting Bradley in scoring position setting things up for a dramatic finish, but Indians pitcher Cody Allen was able to get Travis Shaw to flyout ending the game.
The Indians will now have a couple of days off to prepare for the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays. The series starts Friday with the starting pitchers yet to be announced.
David Ortiz didn’t quite wrap up his career the way that he or any Red Sox faithful had hoped, but he was given a heroes send off at the games conclusion. The future Hall of Famer had an amazing season and baseball will certainly miss him.
Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts: 2-for-4, R
David Ortiz: 0-for-1, RBI, 2 BB