Monday, April 18, 2011

Dice-K's Gem, Lowrie's Hot Streak Keep Sox Winning (5-10)

Today was a very good day for the Red Sox, as they coasted to a 9-1 win on Patriot's Day against the Blue Jays. The scoring started from the word "go" for the Sox as in the bottom of the first, Jed Lowrie singled in J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia. In the top of the third, David Ortiz singled home Kevin Youkilis. In the top of the fifth, it was all Lowrie again as he smacked a homer to left field, scoring David Ortiz. In the top of the 6th, a 2-run homer by Kevin Youkilis and an RBi double by Carl Crawford put the Sox ahead by 8 runs. In the bottom of the 7th, Ellsbury maintained his team lead in home runs with another one, a solo shot to deep right. In the bottom of the 9th, Yunel Escobar homered, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Sox coasted to a 9-1 win.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (top right) was very sharp, allowing just a hit through 7 shutout innings, earning his first win, and setting him at 1-2/6.43/7 this year. Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless 8th after him, and Tim Wakefield allowed a home run to Yunel Escobar in the 9th. Jed Lowrie had a fantastic day at the plate, going 4-5 with a home run and 4 RBIs, he is now .516/4/9 this year. Kevin Youkilis also had a good day, going 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBIs for the Sox. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, and Jacoby Ellsbury also each had an RBI today, Ellsbury's coming on that home run. Tomorrow night at 10:05 EST, the Red Sox will send John Lackey (1-1/15.58/5) out to face the Athletics and Brett Anderson (0-1/2.29/13).

Bright Spots:
Daisuke Matsuzaka- A great game, with 7 shutout innings
Alfredo Aceves- Pitched a scoreless 8th
J.D. Drew- 2-4 leading off
Kevin Youkilis- 2-5 with a home run and 2 RBIs
David Ortiz- 1-3 with an RBI
Jed Lowrie- 4-5 with a home run and 4 RBIs in a great game.
Jacoby Ellsbury- Kept his power streak going with another home run

Dull Spots:
Jason Varitek- 0-3

I am so glad that the Sox had such a dominant win in today's game!

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