Saturday, April 16, 2011

A New Leadoff Hitter And An Old Ace For The Red Sox (3-10)

Today, the Red Sox played the Blue Jays, and what do you know? They won 4-1. The Red Sox got the scoring going early after Jed Lowrie, now leading off, and Dustin Pedroia reached base with a Lowrie single and a Pedroia walk. Adrian Gonzalez promptly drove in Lowrie with an RBI single to right field, making it 1-0 Red Sox. Soon afterwards, Kevin Youkilis drove in Pedroia with a double to make it2-0 Red Sox. In the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays made their only noise of the game with an RBI single from Travis Snider, scoring Aaron Hill and cutting the Red Sox' lead to one. In the bottom of the second, the Red Sox got it going again, as Jacoby Ellsbury walked to lead off the inning. Jed Lowrie then gave the Sox two more runs with a homer over the green monster, to make it 4-1. After the second inning, nobody scored for the rest of the game.
Josh Beckett (top right) was dominant for the second straight game, allowing a run and striking out 9 through 7 innings of work, earning the win and making him 2-1/1.80/23 on the season. Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning each, as Papelbon earned his 2nd save of the year. As the new leadoff hitter, Jed Lowrie (left) had a fantastic game, going 3-5 with a 2-run homer and 2 runs scored. Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis each had RBI hits, going 1-3 and 1-4, respectively. Mike Cameron had a nice game at the dish, hitting 2-4 and pushing himself to .200/0/1 on the season. Tomorrow at 1:35, the Sox will send Jon Lester (0-1/3.72/17) up to face Jesse Litsch (1-0/2.38/11) for the 3rd game of the 4 game series.

Bright Spots:
Josh Beckett- Beckett allowed 1 run in 7 innings, earning his second win
Daniel Bard- A scoreless inning setting up Jonathan Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon- The second save of the year
Jed Lowrie- 3-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs in the leadoff spot
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-3 with an RBI
Kevin Youkilis- 1-4 with an RBI double
Mike Cameron- 2-4

Dull Spots:
Jason Varitek- An 0-3 day makes him no better than Jarrod Saltalamacchia

I am very pleased with the Red Sox' performance today, only one dull spot!

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