Today the Boston Red Sox were hosting its first playoff game since the 2013 world series run against the Cleveland Indians. Already down 2-0 in the series, Boston was hoping to at least win the first game at home seeing that it was either win this and play the next day or stay home and see Cleveland advance. Clay Buchholz was the pitcher on the bump against former teammate in college Josh Tomlin. Could this be David Ortiz’s last postseason game at home? Or would there be a tomorrow for the mighty sox? I mean if Boston could not win with Rick Porcello or the ace David Price what would make you think Clay would come out with a win at home.
Through the first 3 innings of Monday’s ball game it was tightly contested. Until the Indians struck first by going up 2-0 on the Red Sox. Boston was inching back with a Andrew Benintendi double that pushed the score to 2-1. Then in the later innings of the game former Red Sox Coco Crisp broke the heart of sox’s fans by hitting a two run homer that extended the lead to 4-1. David Ortiz hit a sac fly to make it 4-2. Then later on Hanley Ramirez had a RBI single which scored Mookie Betts. The game ended with two men on base and Travis Shaw flew out to Right field and Boston fans will see the team in February down in Florida for spring training.
It hurts to see a well hard-fought season come to an end. I would have not expected the Red Sox to get swept by Cleveland, I expected a fight to the end honestly seeing it was ” Big Papi’s” last season and I wanted to see a run to at least the World Series if that was possible, but unfortunately that was not the case. Boston ended their regular season losing 5 out of 6 so heading into to the post season they knew they had an uphill climb to get back on up. Seeing that they could have used a split in Cleveland which did not happen they had to win the next two at home, then go back for game 5 which wouldn’t have been easy for a team to win three straight then advance. I am tipping my hats off to the Cleveland Indians and wish them the best of luck against the Toronto Blue Jays. One last thing on the Red Sox, there is always next year folks. Thank you David Ortiz for all the good memories and wish you the best of the luck in the future. Don’t worry Boston the future is still very bright without Mr.Ortiz.
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