August 30, 2014

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Boston 10, Cleveland 3: Tribe got socked

BOSTON — This isn’t exactly the start the Indians were hoping for.

Riding a head full of confidence after dispatching the Yankees in four games in the division series and with their ace C.C. Sabathia on the mound, the Indians were brought back down to earth a bit, thanks to a 10-3 drubbing from Boston in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia watches actions during the Indians’ 10-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday in Boston. Sabathia walked five batters and gave up eight runs.

Nothing went right for the Indians, who didn’t pitch and didn’t hit — two things that are pretty important when you’re playing a baseball game, especially in the postseason against a team like the Red Sox.

“We kind of ran into a buzzsaw,” said Indians third baseman Casey Blake. “It was just a good old-fashioned butt-kicking.”

No one got the boots more than Sabathia, who allowed a season-high eight runs and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, failing to carry his team to the early momentum.

“It’s always good to set the tone,” Sabathia said. “That didn’t happen tonight.”

The Indians will regroup and call on another Cy Young candidate, Fausto Carmona, tonight in Game 2.

For their sake, he needs to be better than the last one.

Contact Chris Assenheimer at 329-7137 or cassenheimer@chroniclet.com.