Indians Short Hops: Game 7
Tribe turns big double plays, but can't put up big runs
BOSTON -- Fielding the Indians' 11-2 Game 7 loss to the Red Sox on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
The Indians fell behind, 3-0, early and never could quite catch up as their terrific season came up one game short of the World Series. Frozen moment
Kenny Lofton, facing Daisuke Matsuzaka, led off the fifth with a drive off the left-field wall. He went for a double, but Manny Ramirez played the ball off the wall perfectly and threw out Lofton on an extremely close play at second base. Big number
14 -- That's how many double plays the Indians turned in the ALCS, including three in Game 7. That's the most double plays ever turned in a playoff series by one team. Game balls
Four balls. Westbrook gave the Indians a quality start despite giving up nine hits in six innings. The Indians turned three double plays for him.
One ball. Hafner scored the Indians' first run after a double in the fourth inning. But it was still a tough series for Pronk, and it ended with a three-pitch strikeout against Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth.
Two balls. Blake's night started with a pair of singles. But he ended a threat in the seventh by hitting into a double play, then made a costly error in the bottom of the inning.
Sense of October
A play to be debated for the ages: should Indians third-base coach Joel Skinner have sent Lofton home in the seventh inning on Franklin Gutierrez's single down the left-field line?
4 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Comment: The Indians cleanup hitter was 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
1 2/3 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Comment: Betancourt had not given up a run in postseason until Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run off him in the seventh.
"It's disappointing to get this far and not win. But if you look how far we've come in the last three or four years, to make it this far is quite an accomplishment. Tonight was disappointing, but after a while we'll be able to look back and see what kind of season we had."
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.