Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mariners Come Back To Beat Red Sox (11-14)

Last night, the Red Sox suffered a tough loss to the Mariners as they came back to beat the Red Sox 5-4 after the Red Sox held 3-2, 4-2, and 4-3 leads. In the top of the 1st, the Mariners got ahead early, as Justin Smoak singled in Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo with 2 outs, 2-0 Mariners. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Sox got one run back as Mike Cameron homered around the pesky pole to make it 2-1 Mariners. In the bottom of the third, the Red Sox got their first lead of the night on RBI singles by Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez to make it 3-2 Red Sox. In the bottom of the 4th, Mike Cameron hit his second big fly of the night, this time over the green monster to make it 4-2 Red Sox. In the top of the 5th, Daisuke Matsuzaka (right) left the game with right elbow tightness (maybe a post later?). Later in the 5th, after Matt Albers came in, Milton Bradley grounded into an RBI fielder's choice to make it 4-3 Red Sox. In the top of the 7th, Miguel Olivo tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI groundout, before a go-ahead double by Jack Cust, making it 5-4 Mariners.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (top right) was not too bad in his 4+ innings of work, allowing 3 runs, however, only 1 was earned, while allowing 3 hits, he is now 2-2/3.81/20 this year, as he has not been that bad. Matt Albers did very well in relief, throwing 2 shutout innings of relief. Unfortunately, when Bobby Jenks came on, the Mariners came through, Jenks has had a rough year and is now 1-2/8.64/10 after last night's loss. Hideki Okajima and Daniel Bard each threw a scoreless inning. Adrian Gonzalez had a pretty good day, going 2-4 with a run scored. Kevin Youkilis went 1-3 with an RBI and is now .213/5/15 this year. David Ortiz went 1-4 with an RBI and is now .280/2/11 as he has not been bad this year. Of course, the Red Sox star of the night was Mike Cameron, who went 2-4 with 2 home runs and is now .185/2/4 as we saw the Mike Cameron before we had signed him.... two years ago. Tonight, John Lackey (2-2/6.35/14) and Doug Fister (1-3/3.19/22) will start at 7:10.

Bright Spots:
Daisuke Matsuzaka- 1 earned run over 4 innings
Matt Albers- 2 scoreless innings of relief
Hideki Okajima- a scoreless inning of relief
Daniel Bard- a scoreless inning of relief
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with a run scored
Kevin Youkilis- 1-3 with an RBI
David Ortiz- 1-4 with an RBI
Mike Cameron- 2-4 with 2 home runs!

Dull Spots:
Bobby Jenks- The loss with 3 hits and 2 runs in an inning
Dustin Pedroia- 0-4 with 3 runners left on base
Jed Lowrie- 0-4 with 2 runners left on base
Darnell McDonald- 0-2

This was not a terribly bad loss for the Red Sox, but I'd still prefer a win!

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