Sunday, April 24, 2011

Red Sox Close Out First Sweep Of 2011 (10-11)

Today, the Red Sox closed out their 4-game sweep of the Angels with a 7-0 win where the Red Sox were completely dominant the whole game. The scoring started about the time the game did, as Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a double. With 1 out in the 1st inning, Adrian Gonzalez ripped an RBI double into right-center. Soon after, David Ortiz singled in Gonzalez with an RBI single to left, 2-0 Red Sox. Mike Cameron then grounded into an RBI groundout to make it 3-0 Red Sox early on. It stayed at 3-0 until a Dustin Pedroia sacrifice fly in the 5th inning to make it 4-0. With 2 outs in the 6th inning, and David Ortiz standing at 1st base, Carl Crawford ripped a home run into right field! In the top of the 7th, an Adrian Gonzalez single made it 7-0 Red Sox, how it stayed for the remainder of the game.
John Lackey (top right) was dominant in today's game, throwing 8 shutout innings, striking out 6. After today's game, he is 2-2/6.35/14, despite two great starts this week. Dan Wheeler came in the 9th, and threw a scoreless inning of relief. Once again, Jacoby Ellsbury did a great job leading off the game, going 2-5 with a run scored, he is now .219/4/12 this year. Adrian Gonzalez had a great game out of the #3 hole, going 3-5 with 2 RBIs, he is now .282/1/12 this year. Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz each went 1-3, plus an RBI to Ortiz. Carl Crawford (left) went 2-4 with a 2-run homer, he is now .171/1/6 this year. Marco Scutaro had a nice game, going 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk, as he is now .213/0/6 this year. The Red Sox have a day off tomorrow, but on Tuesday, will send Clay Buchholz (1-2/5.31/10) to face the Orioles and Zach Britton (3-1/3.16/17) in Baltimore.

Bright Spots:
John Lackey- 8 shutout innings and 6 strikeouts
Dan Wheeler- A scoreless inning of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-5 with a runs scored
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-5 with 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis- 1-3 with 2 walks
David Ortiz- 1-3 with an RBI
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a 2-run homer
Marco Scutaro- 2-3 with 2 runs scored

Dull Spots:
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts

I can't complain, we have a 5-game winning streak, won 8 of our last 9, and had only one dull spot!

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