On Thursday night, the Cleveland Indians hit the road to Boston for the first time this season and with it came the first such return to Fenway Park for manager Terry Francona.
Thanks to a six-run sixth inning, the Indians’ offense was clicking on Thursday night, as Cleveland moved to 27-19 on the season with a 12-3 victory — a win for Francona in his return to Boston.
Things are seemingly turning around in Cleveland and Francona has been an important piece to their early season success in 2013. Boston fans, who gave Francona a standing ovation and video tribute on Thursday night, have always offered more than enough support to the job that he did in Beantown.
While Francona and the Indians continue to produce early on this season, the Boston Red Sox continue their downward spiral in the month of May. After emerging as a team with baseball’s best record for a few days in April, Boston is 10-12 thus far in the month of May and the Red Sox have now dropped three of their past four games.
From Francona’s standpoint however, Thursday night was simply a great day overall. A warm welcome back to Fenway Park and a victory — it can’t get much better than that.
Boston and Cleveland will hit the field again on Friday night in game two of a four game series in Boston. The Red Sox have had a shaky week, so they will be looking to gather some steam through Memorial Day Weekend.
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