Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rain Washes Off Buchholz's Rust In Shutout Of Twins (15-18)

Today, the Red Sox beat the Twins 4-0 in a game where the Red Sox had absolute control, despite a 2 hour rain delay. The Red Sox got off early, putting runners at first and second to start the first. They then pulled a double steal, before an RBI single by Jed Lowrie scored Jacoby Ellsbury and made it 1-0 Red Sox. After an Adrian Gonzalez double with one out in the 3rd inning, Kevin Youkilis (right) singled him in to make it 2-0. The Red Sox loaded the bases with 2 outs in the 8th inning, setting it up for Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury promptly lined a single up the middle, scoring two runs and setting the score at 4-0 Red Sox.
Clay Buchholz was very sharp in today's game, allowing just 2 hits through 5 shutout innings. He earned the win, and is now 3-3/4.19/23 as he is coming back along after a rough start to the season. Rich Hill, Matt Albers, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon each threw a scoreless inning of relief, Albers being the only one who allowed a hit. Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, going 2-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored, he is now .282/4/17 this year. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 with an RBI in a good day for him, as he is now .247/5/18. Jed Lowrie went1-3 with an RBI, as he is now .337/3/14. Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-4 with a run scored, and Carl Crawford went 2-4 with a run scored. Marco Scutaro went 2-3, pushing his batting averageto .226. Tomorrow, Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3/4.33/20) will go up against Carl Pavano (2-3/5.84/17).

Bright Spots:
Clay Buchholz- 5 shutout innings, and the win, in a good day
Rich Hill, Matt Albers, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon- a scoreless inning of relief each
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-5 with a run and 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with an RBI
Jed Lowrie- 1-3 with an RBI
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a run scored
Marco Scutaro- 2-3

Dull Spots:
Mike Cameron- 0-4 with 4 runners left on base

I am glad that the Sox had such a dominant victory, and they will go for a winning week tomorrow.

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