They failed in basically every possible way. The offense was non-existent. David Ortiz slugged a three-run homer to account for the runs. Daniel Nava reached base four times -- two walks, two hits -- and everyone else combined to reach just six times.
Meanwhile, Ryan Dempster pitched just three innings, walking four and giving up five hits that produced four runs. He threw just 85 pitches, but John Farrell was forced to go to the 'pen to try to stop the slide. Long man Clayton Mortensen couldn't do any better, surrendering five runs on three walks and five hits over two innings, meaning that Farrell still had to use regular relievers for four innings. Alex Wilson, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Miller all took the mound.
The Indians' box score looks like something out of a video game. It's actually amazing they only scored 12 runs -- they reached base 24 times. Four players had multiple hits. Carlos Santana walked four times. It was ugly.
Oh, and Will Middlebrooks left in the 5th with back spasms. We couldn't even get through the game without an injury.
Back to Dempster. After a strong start he's gone cold, this being his third loss in four starts. He hasn't allowed fewer than two runs since May 2 in Toronto, and at the time Toronto was playing like a Babe Ruth team. What's going on? An injury he's hiding? Just a bad stretch of games? Or, what we don't want to think about, was his hot start merely a good stretch that can't be sustained?
All this is to say Terry Francona is going to smile wide tonight.