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More of the Same; Red Sox Offense Quiet in Saturday Loss to Indians

Brent Lillibridge watches his first home run of the year off his former team. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians took game three of the four game series in Cleveland against the Red Sox on Saturday night. The Indians won by a score of 5-2. Franklin Morales had another strong start for the Sox, but the offense simply could not put runs on the board.

Former Red Sox utility man Brent Lillibridge started the the offense for the Indians in the bottom of the third inning, when he hit his first home run of the season to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead.

The Red Sox answered in the top of the fourth inning scoring their only two runs of the ball game. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to lead off the inning. Carl Crawford then laid down a sacrifice bunt which he beat out, putting runners on first and third with no one out. Adrian Gonzalez hit a double of his own, scoring both Ellsbury and Crawford. The Red Sox offense was silenced the rest of the way, as they managed only one more hit after the fourth inning.

The Indians were able to put together enough offense to put another tally in the win column. Lillibridge struck again in the fifth inning when he singled home Michael Brantley, tying the score 2-2.  In the bottom of the sixth, Brantley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Asdrubal Cabrera. With Lillibridge on third base, Lou Marson hit a sacrifice bunt that scored Lillibridge. The Indians added their final run in the eighth inning when Ezequiel Carrera singled home Carlos Santana.

Lillibridge was acquired by the Red Sox in the deal that sent Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox. Lillibridge never carved a real role in the Sox lineup and was shipped to Cleveland. Saturday night he accounted for three of the five runs scored by the Indians, knocking in two RBI’s, and scoring a run.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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