Aug 10, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Chris Seddon (44) looks to the ground after giving up a two-run home run to Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Clay Buchholz was in total control, though thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's two hits - the only two Tribe hits on the night - the Indians had a good shot of winning the game. Cabrera hit a first inning home run off the Boston right-hander, and hit a double the short-hopped the fence in right-center to open the fourth inning. If the Indians could have got him in, the game would have been tied going into the bottom of the ninth. Buccholz only threw 104 pitches, an amazing 69% of them for strikes. He faced three more than the minimum; other than the two Cabrera hits, Jason Donald reached via an error (and would score the second run of the game thanks to another error on the play and an Ezequiel Carrera sacrifice fly).
Tonight Roberto Hernandez was outstanding in Columbus, and it certainly appears that he's ready to return to the majors. So if this is it for Chris Seddon, he ended his short tenure with the Indians well. He was the beneficiary of some at-em balls, but he kept the Indians in the game, only allowing the Red Sox to take the lead in his last inning on a Cody Ross two-run homer. He didn't nibble, as someone with his stuff tends to do, and almost left having allowed just one run. If not for a self-inflicted unearned run, he would have gotten a no-decision. The six innings was a career-long start for Seddon, who hadn't started in the big leagues since his first major-league stint in 2007.
Another promising development that's been lost in the rotation problems of the past couple weeks has been the stabilization of the front end of the bullpen. Cody Allen and Esmil Rogers held Boston scoreless over the last three innings, so the Indians brought the tying run to the plate to start the ninth. Allen has looked good even while getting his feet wet, but Esmil Rogers has been a revelation; he's always been able to miss bats, but until coming to Cleveland, he's also missed the plate. That has changed, as he's walked just 7 batters in 31 innings with the Indians. He's started in the past, so the Indians could move him to the rotation next year, or just give him a more prominent role in the bullpen.