Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Red Sox Unable To Hit In Loss To Orioles (10-12)

Last night the Red Sox' win streak stopped at 5 games in a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Everything started for the Orioles when, with one out and runners on second and third, Matt Weiters bounced a grounder off of first base for an RBI infield hit. With one out in the 3rd, an Adam Jones sacrifice fly made it 2-0 Orioles. In the top of the 4th, after a single by Dustin Pedroia, who advanced to second on a ground ball, and stole third, was hit home on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Youkilis (bottom left) to make it 2-1 Orioles. In the bottom of the 5th, another Adam Jones sacrifice fly made it 3-1 Orioles and a Mark Reynolds sacrifice fly in the 7th inning made it 4-1, where it stayed for the remainder of the game.
This was a tough game for the Red Sox, Clay Buchholz (top right) pitched pretty well, but the Orioles knocked him around. He ended up allowing 4 runs and 12 hits in just 6 2/3 innings, he earned the loss and is now 1-4/5.33/15 this season. Hideki Okajima threw 1/3 of a scoreless inning and Matt Albers threw one shutout frame. The one RBI belonged to Kevin Youkilis, who went 0-3 with that sacrifice fly, as sac flies were the story of this game. No one Red Sox batter had more than one hit, so 6 players (Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, and Jason Varitek) all had a hit. Ellsbury's and Gonzalez's hits were doubles as they now have 4 and 7 respectively, this season. Tonight, Josh Beckett (2-1/1.93/28) and Jeremy Guthrie (1-3/3.12/13) will take the hill at Camden Yards.

Bright Spots:
Matt Albers- a scoreless inning against his old team
Dustin Pedroia- 1-3 with a run scored

Dull Spots:
Jed Lowrie- 0-4 with 4 runners left on base
Carl Crawford- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts

I am unhappy that the Sox lost tonight, but if they win the next two games, they can still break .500.

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