After the slow starts of 2011 and 2012, it’s so refreshing to see the Red Sox get off to a hot start. They have definitely done that to start things out this season. Tonight’s 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians now puts the Red Sox at 10-4, the second best record in the American League. Not too bad for a team the most pessimistic of fans viewed as a downgrade from 2012.
The match up on paper was actually in the Tribe’s favor with Justin Masterson going against Alfredo Aceves. For the majority of the outings Masterson has had against his former team, he has been rather dominant. Tonight was an exception. The Sox were able to chase Masterson after only five innings, scoring four runs off 11 hits. Aceves would also go five innings, giving up three earned runs, but still good enough for the win. Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Andrew Baileywould combine for four perfect innings and eight strikeouts. More and more this pitching staff is looking top-notch.
The offense had multiple catalysts on the night. Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino would each record three hits and score two runs. Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava would each record two RBI. Mike Carp got his first start of the season. He wouldn’t disappoint either, going 3-3.
With the win tonight, the Sox have now taken four out of five series. They go for their second straight sweep tomorrow.