Alfredo Aceves was actually very good in his spot start, allowing just 3 hits, and allowing just a run in 5 innings. Due to the bullpen, he did not earn a win, but he is now 1-0/2.42/11. Dan Wheeler and Rich Hill pitched well too, allowing no runs in 1 1/3 and 2/3 innings, respectively. Matt Albers allowed 5 earned runs without even recording an out, as he earned the loss. Franklin Morales, in his Red Sox debut, allowed 2 unearned runs in 2 innings of relief. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 with an RBI single, as he is now .296/4/22. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-5, while Kevin Youkilis went 2-3 with a run scored. David Ortiz (left) only went 1-5 but he did have a big 2-run homer, and he is now .294/9/22. Tonight, in the rubber match, the Sox will trot out Tim Wakefield (0-1/5.40/11) as the Cubs will do with James Russell (1-4/6.26/13).
Alfredo Aceves- 1 run and 3 hits in 5 innings
Dan Wheeler- 1 1/3 scoreless innings
Rich Hill- 2/3 of a scoreless inning
Franklin Morales- no earned runs in 2 innings
Jacoby Ellsbury- 1-4 with an RBI
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-5
Kevin Youkilis- 2-3 with a run scored
David Ortiz- 1-5 with a big 2-run homer
Matt Albers- 5 earned runs without recording an out
Dustin Pedroia- 0-5 with a strikeout
J.D. Drew- 0-4 with 3 runners left on base
Well, I am pleased with every aspect of this game, except the top of the eighth!