Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lackey Strikes Again, Red Sox Swept (17-20)

Last night was a tough loss for the Red Sox, largely because John Lackey is not worth the $17 million he is earning. In the first inning, the Red Sox took an early lead on an RBI single by Kevin Youkilis. In the bottom of the 3rd, an RBI single by Corey Patterson and an RBI groundout by Aaron Hill made it 2-1 Blue Jays. In the 4th, a home run by John McDonald, and a sacrifice fly by Yunel Escobar made it 4-1 Blue Jays. In the top of the 6th, solo home runs by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz made it 4-3 Blue Jays. However, in the bottom of the 7th, all hell broke loose. John Lackey walked a run in with the bases loaded to make it 5-3 before a 2-run double by John McDonald and an 2-run single by Rajai Davis made it 9-3, where it stayed.
John Lackey was not sharp, in fact he was really bad... again, as he moved to 2-5/8.01/19 after allowing 9 runs in 6 2/3 innings. Tim Wakefield threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after him but it was not nearly enough. Adrian Gonzalez had a good day, going 2-4 with 2 runs and a home run, as he is now .329/7/29 this year. Kevin Youkilis went 1-3 with an RBI single. David Ortiz went 1-4 with a solo home run, as he is now .281/6/18. J.D. Drew went 1-2 with 2 walks, and Carl Crawford went 2-4. Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-4 to end his hitting streak at 19 games. The Red Sox have a day off tonight, but on Friday, Clay Buchholz (3-3/4.19/23) and the Red Sox will go to New York to face the Yankees and Bartolo Colon (2-1/3.86/37).

Bright Spots:
Tim Wakefield- 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with 2 runs and a home run
Kevin Youkilis- 1-3 with an RBI and a walk
David Ortiz- 1-4 with a home run
Carl Crawford- 2-4

Dull Spots:
John Lackey- 9 runs in 6 2/3 innings, earning the loss
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-4, ending the hit streak at 19 games
Dustin Pedroia- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3
Jose Iglesias- 0-3 in his first MLB start

This was a really disappointing game and series for me, as the Red Sox did not play well.

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