Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Red Sox Batters Unable To Pick Up Slack Against A's (5-11)

Last night the Red Sox lost 5-0 to the Oakland Athletics in a game where the Red Sox just could not hit. The A's started the game off in a fashion all to familiar off John Lackey (right) this season, on an RBI groundout by David DeJesus to make it 1-0 A's. However, Lackey was very good, and the A's did not score again until the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Daric Barton, a 2-run double by Hideki Matsui, and an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki, those made it 5-0 A's, which it stayed, as the Sox couldn't do anything.
For the first time this year, John Lackey did not have a bad start, allowing one earned run, 4 hits, and striking out 3 batters. Although he lost the game, he pitched very well, and he is now standing at 1-2/9.82/8 through 3 starts. Dan Wheeler came in and pitched a scoreless 7th inning, but allowed one of those runs in the 8th to come in. However, the dirty work came when Hideki Okajima was pitching, as he allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning and is now an ugly 0-0/40.50/1 this year. Alfredo Aceves closed the game out with a scoreless third of an inning. The Red Sox only mustered 5 hits the entire game, two of which came from Adrian Gonzalez. David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had a hit as well. Today at 3:35, the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz (0-2/6.60/8) against Gio Gonzalez (2-0/0.47/14) in a game they hopefully win.

Bright Spots:
John Lackey- 1 run in 6 innings is a good start
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4
David Ortiz- 1-3
Carl Crawford- 1-3
Jarrod Saltlamacchia- 1-3

Dull Spots:
Jed Lowrie- Can't be perfect all the time, 0-4
Kevin Youkilis- 0-4 with 4 runners left on base
Mike Cameron- 0-3 with a strikeout
Darnell McDonald- 0-3

Last night was a tough night for the Red Sox, but I hope they can win today with Buchholz pitching!

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