Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lackey Lacking As Sox Split Series With Angels (14-17)

Today, the Red Sox got crushed 11-0 by the Angels in a very rough game where the Sox never really had a chance. In the 3rd inning, an RBI groundout by Howie Kendrick and a 2-run double by Alberto Callaspo made it 3-0 Angels. In the top of the 4th, RBI singles by Howie Kendrick, Bobby Abreu, and Torii Hunter pushed it to 6-0 Angels. In the 5th, a 2-run homer by Mark Trumbo and an RBI single by Erick Aybar made it 9-0 Angels, as they were just teeing off. In the 7th inning, a 2-run double by Bobby Abreu made it 11-0, and need I really say anything else?
Ok probably so. John Lackey (right) pitched very badly, allowing 8 runs in 4+ innings, earning the loss, and making him 2-4/7.16/18 on the year. Scott Atchison allowed 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings following Lackey out of the bullpen and Rich Hill pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. David Ortiz was really the only Red Sox batter who I can honestly say had a really good game, as he went 3-3 with a walk today, reaching base all 4 plate appearances. The other hits belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury (1-3), Dustin Pedroia (1-3), Jed Lowrie (1-4), and Marco Scutaro (1-2). Tomorrow, the Twins come to town and will send Scott Baker (1-2/3.16/26) against fan favorite Tim Wakefield (0-0/4.08/7) in his first "non-spot" start.

Bright Spots:
Rich Hill- 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief
David Ortiz- 3-3 with a walk

Dull Spots:
John Lackey- 8 runs in 4 innings, enough said
Scott Atchison- 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings, ouch
Kevin Youkilis- 0-4 with a strikeout and 4 runners left on base
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-4 with a strikeout and 3 runners left on base
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3 with 4 runners left on base

I am very disappointed in the Red Sox' performance in today's game, and I hope they do well against Minnesota.

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