Indians not dwelling on Game 1 loss
Clubhouse ready for quick chance to even up ALCS
BOSTON -- Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton, a veteran of 89 playoff games and counting, wasn't really interested in mulling over the implications of losing Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.There were no concession speeches or psychological dissertations given at his locker in the Indians' somber clubhouse after a 10-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday. "It's just one game," Lofton said. "When you lose a game, you get them tomorrow. This game is simple, so you have to keep it simple. You lose one, you get them tomorrow." That was as profound as it got from the Indians, who will send Fausto Carmona to the mound on Saturday to try to keep them from becoming the 11th team to lose the first two games of the League Championship Series. Only once in the previous 10 has a team been able to come back from losing the first two and win the series. The Indians didn't like what happened on Friday night. They certainly expected better with 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia on the mound for them. But they understood what happened, especially going up against Josh Beckett, and were looking forward to having Carmona on the mound for them Saturday. "It was disappointing," third baseman Casey Blake said. "You've got your No. 1 going, but C.C. didn't have his best stuff. Everybody was looking for something better out of him, but you have to give them credit. They're a good ballclub. Sabathia didn't have his 'A' game, but C.C. will get another chance." Indians manager Eric Wedge said he didn't bring up or say anything about Game 2 after Friday's loss. "Nothing," Wedge said. "We keep going. Today is over. Our guys do a good job of separating from day to day and from situation to situation. We'll chew on this one for a short period of time, a very short period of time tonight, and then we'll move on to tomorrow." The Indians did get off to a good start Friday, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Travis Hafner hit a two-out homer off Beckett. But the Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the inning on singles by Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, then scored four more off Sabathia in the third. Beckett, on the other hand, responded to Hafner's home run by retiring the next 10 hitters he faced. By the end of the fifth, he had allowed just two hits and was sitting on an 8-1 lead. "It was a frustrating night," Hafner said. "We just couldn't get anything going offensively and they swung the bats well. C.C. has picked us up all year, and we were just trying to put together some good at-bats and string some hits together. But Beckett didn't allow us to do it.
"He pitched well. He uses his fastball well, moves it around in the strike zone and doesn't give you anything over the middle of the plate."Beckett said the key to stopping the Indians is keeping leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore from igniting the offense. The Red Sox were successful in that regard, and nobody had a tougher night than Sizemore. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. "At the top of the lineup, I have to get on base," Sizemore said. "I didn't tonight. I have to do a better job of that as the series goes on." The Indians still believe there is plenty of series left. "You like to win Game 1, but it's not a big hole," Sizemore said. "It's only one game, but we've got to bounce back tomorrow."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.