Indians Take Fifth Straight on Bourn Two-Run Double; Indians 5, Red Sox 3
Laurel Wilder | On 03, Jun 2014
The weather was perfect, fans received Michael Bourn bobble heads, and Ben Tate there out the first pitch – what more could Indians’ fans want from a Tuesday night game against the Boston Red Sox?
The second win of the series, that’s what.
Thanks to a strong first inning, coupled with a late-game double from Bourn, the man of the day, the Indians took Game 2 of the series with a score of 5-3.
T.J. House appeared on the mound for the Tribe, pitching against Jake Peavy. Despite the Red Sox getting on base early in the game on a leadoff single from Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts advancing to first after getting hit by a pitch, House managed to work out of the first inning jam to keep the Red Sox off the board. The Indians retaliated in the bottom of the inning, as Bourn, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Michael Brantley all singled in order. Brantley’s single scored Bourn and put Cleveland up 1-0. Jason Kipnis followed with a single to load the bases with no outs, and Lonnie Chisenhall singled to score Cabrera and bring the score up to 2-0. Ryan Raburn grounded into a double play to get the first two outs of the inning, though he managed to score Brantley and give the Indians a 3-0 lead. David Murphy struck out swinging to end the inning.
A.J. Pierzynski singled to start the second inning for Boston, and Jackie Bradley singled with one out to advance Pierzynski to second. Jonathan Herrera ground into a double play to end the inning and keep the Indians ahead. The score remained 3-0 until the top of the third, when Bogaerts hit a solo home run to shrink the Indians’ lead to 3-1.
House issued his second walk to start the sixth inning, sending Jonny Gomes to first with no outs. He quickly retired the next two batters before he was removed from the game and replaced by Marc Rzepczynski. He hit Bradley with a pitch, sending Gomes to second. Jonathan Herrera singled on a line drive to Brantley, who attempted to throw Gomes out at home. However, the throw was not in time, and the Red Sox added another run to their total, making it a 3-2 ballgame. The Indians managed to end the inning without allowing the Red Sox to tie the game when Brock Holt was thrown out at first.
Scott Atchison came in for the Tribe in the top of the seventh inning, giving up a leadoff double to Bogaerts to start the inning. Bogaerts then tied the game on a double from Dustin Pedroia with no outs. Ortiz was intentionally walked, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Gomes popped out to make the first out of the inning. Atchison was replaced by Nick Hagadone, recently recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Hagadone struck out Pierzysnki and Alex Hassan to work out of the inning.
Peavy stayed in for the Red Sox to start the bottom of the seventh inning, walking his first batter of the game when he walked Murphy with no outs. Yan Gomes then singled to advance Murphy, though Mike Aviles’ sac bunt resulted in Murphy’s forced out at third. With runners on first and second with one out, Andrew Miller come on to replace Peavy and pitch for Boston. Bourn then delivered a two-run double to score Gomes and Aviles, putting the Indians back on top 5-3.
The Indians remained ahead into the eighth inning, when Hagadone continued to pitch. He recored his third strikeout of the game to retire Holt, and Cody Allen came on to record the final out of the inning.
Craig Breslow appeared in the bottom of the eighth for the Red Sox, facing Kipnis, Chisenhall, and Raburn. Kipnis singled to start the inning, and stole second while Raburn was batting. With runner at first and second with one out, Murphy singled to load the bases. Burke Badenhop replaced Breslow to end the inning, sending the game into the ninth with the Indians still leading 5-3.
Allen retired the first two batters of the ninth before facing pinch hitter Grady Sizemore. In an ending that mirrored last night’s game, Sizemore struck out swinging, giving Allen his fifth save of the season and the Indians their fifth win in a row and eighth straight win at home.
The Indians will attempt to sweep the Red Sox on Wednesday, in a game that pairs Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.24) against Corey Kluber (6-3, 3.04), though perhaps the most talked-about person on the mound will be Johnny Manziel as he throws out the first pitch.
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