A delay-of-game call
Thanks to rain, Indians’ potential sweep is on hold
BOSTON — Josh Tomlin is fine with waiting another day to make his postseason debut.
The Indians righthander said he was treating Sunday as a regular off day after rain washed out Game 3 of Cleveland’s American League Division Series against the Red Sox. But instead of building on his team’s 2-0 lead in the bestof-five series, Tomlin will take the mound after both teams have had extra rest.
“We had a few days off after the regular season too, and we played two pretty good games” in the ALDS, Tomlin said outside the visitors clubhouse at Fenway Park shortly after the game was postponed. “So I don’t know if it hurts our momentum or not.”
Sunday’s scheduled midafternoon start was called off around two hours beforehand — before the gates had opened or the starting pitchers had begun to warm up. Tomlin said he had done his usual pregame routine but hadn’t gone to the bullpen to start throwing like he would before a start.
Game 3 will be made up Monday night.
Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall said having two days off in a row was “like a short All- Star break.”
“You don’t want to burn a starter trying to squeeze a start into a window,” he said. “You want to give a game a chance to get played with no things looming.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would stick with Clay Buchholz for Game 3 but wouldn’t commit beyond that. Reliever Josh Tomlin warmed up on Sunday but never got to pitch for the Indians as rain postponed Game 3 of the ALDS. RED SOX VS. INDIANS Indians lead 2-0 Indians 5-4 Indians 6-0 6 p.m. Monday Indians (Tomlin 13-9) at Red Sox (Buchholz 8-10) Game 4: TBD Tuesday* Indians (TBD) at Red Sox (Porcello 22-4) Game 5: 6 p.m. Wed.* x-if necessary; TV: TBS Brad Ziegler said the team was “completely confident” with Buchholz on the mound and its season on the line.
“He’s been throwing the ball great coming down the stretch and he’s got World Series experience,” Ziegler said. “If nothing else, maybe the day of rain gives everybody a day of rest and gives us a chance to bring those guys back.”
The Indians won Games 1 and 2 at home by beating the Red Sox’s two best pitchers, setting the stage for a sweep. The rainout pushes that goal back one day — at least — and extends David Ortiz’s career for another day as well.
Indians manager Terry Francona said his rotation is likely to stay the same for Games 4 and 5, if necessary. But now Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer would be back on the regular amount of rest by Tuesday.
Corey Kluber can pitch in Game 5 — or, if the Red Sox don’t last that long, wait for AL Championship Series.
In the Red Sox clubhouse, Ortiz’s son, D’Angelo, waited dressed at his locker for his dad to leave with him. Xander Bogaerts played cards with teammates. Sandy Leon spoke while wearing a knit cap that was perfect for the cool weather ahead.
With the rainout, the Red Sox could come back to 22-game winner Rick Porcello in Game 4 on the usual four days’ rest. David Price would be lined up to start a decisive fifth game, leaving Eduardo Rodriguez as the odd man out.
Rodriguez said he hadn’t been told of the team’s plans.
“I was going to be in the bullpen today anyway, being a starter, reliever or whatever,” he said. “I’ll throw my bullpens and get ready for whatever they want me to do.”
Game 1: Game 2: Game 3: