Clay Buchholz has had an interesting season. He had a 6.35 ERA in his first 10 starts and was demoted to the bullpen. He has tweaked his mechanics and strengthened John Farrell’s trust by pitching six innings of one-hit ball in his last regular-season start.
Josh Tomlin lost to the Red Sox on Aug. 15, allowing three runs in 7.2 innings. “It’s pretty clear what lies ahead of us. We go home down 0-2. (Clay) Buchholz on the mound Sunday with an attitude of no tomorrow.”
Chisenhall connected in the second inning off Price, who fell to 0-8 in nine playoff starts and must now face the wrath of Red Sox Nation. The left-hander lasted just 3 1/3 innings and once again crumbled with a chance to silence critics who say he can’t pitch in the big game.
Despite the loss, a defiant Price is convinced he’ll get another chance.
“I know my number is going to be called again to pitch another game in 2016,” he said. “I want it. I’ll be ready.”
The Indians strung together four straight hits — three of them soft singles — to Price in a 4-0 hole after just two innings.
That’s all Kluber needed. The Cy Young candidate, who hadn’t pitched since straining his quadriceps on Sept. 26, had little issues with the Red Sox, who missed a chance to do some damage in the fourth.
Kluber created the jam with two walks before getting Ortiz to swing at the first pitch and pop out. Ortiz slammed his bat to the ground in frustration and Boston’s anxiety grew when Kluber struck out Hanley Ramirez looking for the final out.