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Cleveland Rocks Holmberg

September 5th, 2017 vs. Cleveland Indians

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Indians are hotter than molten lava.

Short Take:  Holmberg knocked out early, Sox stymied by Indians bullpen after Davidson 1st inning bomb.

Eloy Jimenez was in the house tonight to watch the rebuilding Sox lock horns with the red hot Tribe. It's safe to say that by the time young Eloy is patrolling RF for the Sox, David Holmberg will not be a part of the rotation and Rob Brantly won't be batting 5th. The Sox future sounds pleasant but unfortunately in the present, things aren't so hot on the big league roster. The Tribe pounced on Holmberg early in this one and overcame a short outing by Danny Salazar to take out the Sox in Game 2 of this series and extend their winning streak to a season high 13. 

There was a whole lot of offense in the 1st inning of this matchup. David Holmberg got the ball tonight and things didn't exactly go they way he wanted them to as the Indians offense greeted him rather rudely. Old friend Austin Jackson and Jose Ramirez went back to back off Holmberg giving the Tribe a quick 2-0 lead. Things could have been worse in the first but Holmberg was able to minimize the damage with a double play and escaped with a 3-0 lead. Fortunately for the Sox, Danny Salazar was making his first start since coming off the DL and he was equally as shaky as Holmberg. Yolmer Sanchez walked and then scored from 3rd on an RBI groundout by Abreu cutting the Tribe lead to 3-1. However, Salazar's control would leave him as he walked Avi Garcia and then plunked Rob Brantly setting the table for Matt Davidson. Salazar challenged Davidson with a fastball down the middle and he didn't miss a stitch as it sailed right over the 400ft marker in CF for a 3 run blast, making it 4-3 Sox. Matt Davidson has done a great job this year punishing mistake pitches and that's what good power hitters do. Salazar's night would come to end immediately as Francona wasted no time going to his stacked bullpen.  

Unfortunately, the Tribe went right back to work on Holmberg in the 2nd inning making the Sox lead very brief. Jose Ramirez tied it at 4-4 with his 2nd HR of the game and then Greg Allen got a 2RBI double on a hot smash to 3B which gave the Tribe a 6-4 lead. Holmberg would manage just 1 more inning in his spot start before handing it over to the bullpen. Pelfrey got into a bases loaded jam in the 5th but Carson Fulmer came on in relief and retired the dangerous Jose Ramirez to strand the runners. Fulmer would stay on and pitch 2.1 more scoreless innings. Carson's 6th inning was a little rocky but he pitched over a base hit and HBP for a clean inning. Overall, this was a very positive outing for Fulmer coming in relief.

The game stayed locked at 6-4 heading into the top of the 9th inning but Chris Beck immediately coughed up a 3 run HR to Yan Gomes which pretty much ended any hopes of a comeback. In the end, it likely didn't matter much because the Sox just couldn't solve any of the Indians bullpen pitchers. After Davidson's 1st inning bomb, they were completely shut down for the remaining 8 innings.

Davidson's 24th HR, Fulmer's positive bullpen outing, and Moncada returning to action were about the only positive things to take away from this game. The Indians are rolling right now and a pitcher like David Holmberg isn't exactly a streak stopper. The rest of the series should be more intriguing as Reynaldo Lopez takes the ball against Carlos Carrasco. Hopefully, Lopez can cool off the Tribe.

Game Notes-

-Prior to the game, the Sox purchased the contract of LHP Jace Fry and requested release waivers for LHP Derek Holland. Fry pitched in the 9th tonight and retired 1 of the 3 batters he faced.

-Yoan Moncada was activated from the DL today and was 1 for 5 in his return.

-Holmberg's pitching line was 3.0IP, 6ER, 2K, 4BB.

-Fulmer's pitching line in relief was 2.2 IP, 1H, 1BB, 1K.

 Eloy looks good in a Sox uniform.

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