Brent Lillibridge. Zach McAllister. Ezequiel Carrera. Those are your three stars of the night.
Lillibridge finished 3-for-4 with his first home run in nearly 12 months while McAllister went eight strong innings as the Indians (53-61) won their second in three days against Boston (56-59) at Progressive Field. Carrera entered the game late as a defensive replacement, but also had an RBI single and an impressive final catch to end the game.
After the game, STO’s Katie Witham asked Lillibridge about the home run, and he said, “hopefully it’s a good sign for the next couple months.” He talked about finishing the season strong and how he’s just trying to help out the team. Witham also asked about Lou Marson’s RBI squeeze bunt that scored Lillibridge in the seventh.
And yes, Jon tweeted this during the game. That’s how we know the world has finally gone mad.
The Indians and Sox are back at it at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow. Corey Kluber (0-0, 6.10 ERA) could be making his final start in Cleveland before heading back to Columbus as he faces off against Boston lefty Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36 ERA).
|Bot 3rd: Cleveland|
|– B. Lillibridge homered to deep left|
|Top 4th: Boston|
|– A. Gonzalez doubled to left, J. Ellsbury and C. Crawford scored, D. Pedroia to third, D. Pedroia out at home|
|Bot 5th: Cleveland|
|– B. Lillibridge singled to shallow left center, M. Brantley scored|
|Bot 6th: Cleveland|
|– M. Brantley hit sacrifice fly to left, A. Cabrera scored|
|Bot 7th: Cleveland|
|– L. Marson sacrificed to pitcher, B. Lillibridge scored|
|Bot 8th: Cleveland|
|– E. Carrera singled to shallow left, C. Santana scored|
|2B – J Ellsbury 2 (12, Z McAllister 2); A Gonzalez (35, Z McAllister).|
|S – C Crawford.|
|RBI – A Gonzalez 2 (76).|
|Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Gonzalez 1, J Saltalamacchia 1.|
|Team LOB – 2.|
|DP – 1 (D Pedroia-M Aviles-A Gonzalez).|
|2B – C Santana (21, C Breslow); B Lillibridge (3, M Melancon).|
|HR – B Lillibridge (1, 3rd inning off F Morales 0 on, 0 Out).|
|S – L Marson.|
|SF – M Brantley.|
|RBI – M Brantley (50), E Carrera (3), B Lillibridge 2 (4), L Marson (10).|
|2-out RBI – E Carrera.|
|Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – S Duncan 1, B Lillibridge 1.|
|GIDP – C Santana.|
|Team LOB – 5.|
| Base Running|
|SB – A Cabrera (6, 3rd base off F Morales/J Saltalamacchia), S Choo (13, 2nd base off F Morales/J Saltalamacchia), E Carrera (2, 2nd base off C Mortensen/J Saltalamacchia).|
|Outfield assists – M Brantley, S Duncan.|