Cleveland - In a season where nothing has gone right, the winless Boston Red Sox found a new way to lose Thursday.
A couple of them, in fact.
The Red Sox lost their sixth in a row when the Cleveland Indians squeezed home the only run in the eighth inning, then trapped pinch-runner Darnell McDonald off second base for the final out in a 1-0 victory.
“It can’t get any worse than this and there’s only one way to go,” third baseman Kevin Youkilis said. “That’s up.”
At 0-6, the Red Sox are off their worst start since 1945. Favored by many to win the World Series, Boston returns to Fenway Park for its home opener today against the New York Yankees.
But the team needs plenty of work. The team batting average is .181. The ERA is 7.13.
“The slate’s not really clean,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.
“The record is what it is, but I don’t want us to have a hangover. We need to pick it up. We’re going to play a good team now. We haven’t done a very good job to this point. I don’t want us to be trying to win for this week because we can’t do that.”
Asked what type of reception he anticipates Friday in front of the Boston fans, Francona said, “I don’t know. I’ve got more important things to worry about than how the hell they’re going to clap.”
Asdrubal Cabrera’s suicide-squeeze bunt put the Indians ahead in their fourth straight win.
“We did beat a very good ballclub — regardless if they’re struggling or not,” manager Manny Acta said. “We won and it was a very well-played series. It wasn’t like they were sloppy and we got lucky. We played good baseball.”
Cleveland swept the three-game series, which came after Texas swept the Red Sox to open the season.