Aug 10, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; In retrospect, Jason Donald's suggestion for Joh Tomlin to pitch underhand was a bad idea: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
I will be honest. I was listening to this game on the radio today while working. And I listened to the whole game. But at a certain point--after hearing phrases like, "he doesn't have his best stuff today" or "he's just not locating his pitches" more times than I could keep track of--I kind of stopped giving the game my full attention. I knew the Red Sox were scoring, and scoring often. I knew that Kluber really did not have his best stuff (3.1 innings, seven hits, six runs, no walks, four Ks and a first-inning HR to Adrian Gonzalez). And I knew that Josh Tomlin really was not locating his pitches (1.1 innings, five hits, seven runs, two walks, one K). But I may not be the best source for all of the details of this game. And you should probably thank me for that.
Frank Herrmann ended up getting more than two innings of work, during which time I learned that he has been working on a new spike curve to throw batters off his mid-90s fastball. Cody Allen pitched another scoreless inning, extending his perfect run with Cleveland to nine appearances.
Every Red Sox starter except for former Twin, Danny Valencia, whose appearance for Boston is the result of Esmil Rogers breaking Will Middlebroeks wrist with a fastball two days ago, had a hit. This game got ridiculous enough that Bobby Valentine began tinkering with his lineup late in the game, relinquishing the DH in an attempt to get players ABs. One of the players he ended up getting an AB because of those moves was pitcher Clayton Mortenson, who had a rare non-interleague strikeout against Joe Smith in the ninth.
I did begin paying more attention to the game in the bottom of the ninth, just in time for Tom Hamilton to tell me Lillibridge, Marson and Hannahan would be coming up. Much to my surprise, they failed to mount a comeback.
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