Indians Short Hops: Game 3
Westbrook, Lofton provide big performances for home team
BOSTON -- Fielding the Indians' 4-2 Game 3 victory over the Red Sox on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
Jake Westbrook had his sinker working on a weather-perfect night in Cleveland and put the Indians up, 2-1, in the American League Championship Series. Frozen moment
Kenny Lofton came up with one on and two out in the second and the crowd started chanting, "Kenny! Kenny!" He hit the first pitch he saw over the right-center-field wall for a two-run home run. The crowd stood and cheered until Lofton came back out of the dugout for a curtain call. Big number
3 -- That's the number of double plays the Indians turned behind Westbrook, including one that helped him get out a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second. Game balls
Three balls. Lewis only faced one batter but squashed the Red Sox seventh-inning rally by striking out Dustin Pedroia.
Three balls. Hafner was removed for a pinch-runner in Game 2. On Monday, he showed he could run a little bit, busting hard down the first-base line on a potential inning-ending double play ball. He was safe, and the Indians' fourth run scored from third.
Three balls. Betancourt set Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez down in order in the eighth.
Sense of October
After the third inning, the video scoreboard showed a fan with a homemade sign that said: "LeBron, the Yanks lost. Wear a Sox hat please." That was a reference to NBA star LeBron James, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers but wore a Yankees hat to an ALDS game. The fan got a big ovation when he was shown on the video board.
3 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: Cabrera drove in the third run with a single and was in on two of three double plays the Tribe turned in the field.
6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K
Comment: Westbrook was terrific for six innings before giving up the two-run home run to Jason Varitek in the seventh.
"This game is hard enough without putting more pressure on yourself. We're just out there relaxed and having fun." -- Victor Martinez
Right-hander Paul Byrd pitches for the Indians against right-hander Tim Wakefield for the Red Sox in Game 4 at 8:21 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Jacobs Field.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.