The Good: Fausto Carmona was as good as he’s been in a few years, going 8.1 innings as the Indians got a huge 4-1 win. He allowed a run on four hits, and the big thing was he got ahead of hitters. In 103 pitches he walked three and struck out six. He and Lou Marson were on the same page all night, and the Sox were helpless. On offense, the team was aggressive against Mark Buehrle, putting up four runs on 12 hits. Kosuke Fukudome got a big hit to give the team a 2-1 lead in the sixth, and then Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera each got RBI’s in the 7th for the runs. Everyone minus Marson batting ninth got a hit tonight, a huge plus. Chris Perez closed the door in the 9th after Carmona left for his 26th save.
The Bad: It was a shame to not see Carmona get to finish it, but a walk to Carlos Quentin with one out forced Manny Acta to pull him. Then Perez, as he always seems to do, made it interesting with another walk with two outs to put the tying run at the plate. Not too much else bad on a night where they bested the Sox for just the 2nd time in 2011.
Next: The Indians look to win the series as Justin Masterson (9-7, 2.69) goes for the Indians against Philip Humber (8-8, 3.67) for the Sox at 8:10pm. A huge game as the team then heads to Detroit for the weekend.