Aaron Civale’s Up-and-Down Performance Leads to No Decision Against Red Sox

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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 04: Aaron Civale #34 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Tropicana Field on September 04, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Aaron Civale's Up-and-Down Performance Leads to No Decision Against Red Sox
(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians pitcher Aaron Civale had an up-and-down performance against the Boston Red Sox on Monday, striking out an impressive 12 batters over 5.1 innings pitched. However, he also allowed three runs and four walks, and he was ultimately left with a no-decision in the 5-3 loss.

Civale started the game strong, striking out the first three batters he faced. However, he ran into trouble in the third inning, when he allowed a two-run home run to Xander Bogaerts. He also allowed a run in the fourth inning, and he was pulled from the game after walking the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Despite his struggles, Civale still showed flashes of his potential. He struck out 12 batters, which is the most he has struck out in a game since April 2021. He also had a fastball that was consistently in the mid-90s.

Civale’s performance is a mixed bag. On the one hand, he showed that he still has the ability to strike batters out. On the other hand, he also showed that he needs to improve his control. Overall, it was a performance that was both encouraging and frustrating.

The Indians will need Civale to be more consistent if they want to contend in the AL Central. He has the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he needs to put it all together on a more consistent basis.

Here are some additional details about Civale’s performance:

  • He threw 96 pitches, 63 of which were strikes.
  • He had a fastball that averaged 95.2 mph.
  • He also threw a slider, curveball, and changeup.
  • He struck out the side in the first inning.
  • He allowed three runs and four walks in 5.1 innings.
  • He was pulled from the game after walking the bases loaded in the sixth inning.

Civale’s performance is a reminder that he is still a young pitcher who is still developing. He has the potential to be a top-of-the-rotation starter, but he needs to put it all together on a more consistent basis. The Indians will be hoping that he can do that in the second half of the season.

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