Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daniel Bard Struggles Again, As Red Sox Lose Late (25-22)

Last night, the Red Sox lost 3-2 in a heartbreaker to the Indians as Daniel Bard continued to struggle. In the top of the 3rd, the Red Sox took a lead after Carl Crawford crossed the plate on an RBI single by Dustin Pedroia to make it 1-0. It was all tied up, however, in the 4th when Asdrubal Cabrera knocked a home run to right center field to make it 1-1. In the top of the 5th, Carl Crawford gave the Sox another lead with a home run to right field, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead, which appeared to be all they would need. With a runner on 2nd and two outs in the bottom of the 8th, Michael Brantely delivered with a game-tying single that would make it 2-2. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit a double to left field, scoring Brantley and giving the Indians a 3-2 lead.
Clay Buchholz pitched another great outing, only barred by Daniel Bard (that rhymes), as he went 7 1/3 innings, allowing only 2 runs, and one was inherited. After last night's outing, he is 4-3/3.30/41. However, Daniel Bard came in and earned the loss with, ultimately, two runs scoring off him and turning a Red Sox win into a loss. Rich Hill relieved him with a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. Dustin Pedroia had a good game, going 1-3 with an RBI single and a walk. Carl Crawford had a very good game, going 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a big home run, as he is now .215/2/14. Tonight looks to be another pitching game as Josh Beckett (3-1/1.73/52) and Fausto Carmona (3-4/4.76/40) will square off.

Bright Spots:
Clay Buchholz- 2 runs, 1 inherited, in 7 1/3 innings
Dustin Pedroia- 1-3 with an RBI
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-3 with a walk
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a home run

Dull Spots:
Daniel Bard- 1 run in 1/3 of an inning, as well as the loss
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-3
Kevin Youkilis- 0-3 with 3 runners left on base
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3 with a strikeout

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