There was absolutely nothing to laugh about.
Aaron Laffey was stellar out of the bullpen for the Cleveland Indians and any jokes made about Carl Pavano entering the contest were squashed, quickly.
Laffey, who was scheduled to start Thursday against Boston, was moved into the bullpen in favor of starting Jeremy Sowers for tomorrow’s game. The move paid huge dividends for the Indians.
Laffey pitched three scoreless innings — two hits and one strikeout — to earn his first save of the season backing a strong performance from Carl Pavano.
Pavano went six innings, yielding two runs on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts for his second win of the season.
The Red Sox got out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning but Cleveland took over after that, especially Victor Martinez.
Martinez was 3-for-5 with four RBI’s and three runs. He drove home two in the fifth on a double, singled a run across in the seventh and added a solo-shot in the ninth inning.
Goat of the Game – Masterson
His performance wasn’t Masterful to say the least. Masterson surrendered eight hits over 6 1/3 innings pitched giving up six runs and three walks but struck out six batters.
Next Game – 5/07 vs. Cleveland Indians – Sowers/Tim Wakefield
Wakefield will look to start another home winning streak as Boston’s nine-game home winning streak was snapped with the loss.