Sunday, May 8, 2011

Red Sox Come From Behind To Beat Up On Twins (16-18)

Today the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-5 to a game where they just dominated despite falling behind early. The Twins got off to a good start off Daisuke Matsuzaka (right), scoring three times on a 2-run double by Jason Kubel and an RBI single by Danny Valencia. The Red Sox got one back on an RBI groundout by J.D. Drew in the 2nd inning, scoring Kevin Youkilis. Another RBI groundout, this one by Jason Varitek, made it 3-2 Twins before a rally by the Sox. RBI singles by AdrianGonzalez and J.D. Drew, along with an RBI fielder's choice by Kevin Youkilis gave the Sox a 5-3 lead. In the 4th inning, the Twins cut it close on a high home run over the monster by Danny Valencia. An Adrian Gonzalez home run and Kevin Youkilis scoring on an error made it 7-4 Red Sox. Then, in the 7th inning, a monster double, off the monster, plated Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis, and made it 9-4 Red Sox. In the top of the 8th, Jason Kubel knocked in Trevor Plouffe with a single to make it 9-5.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's stats may not have been the best in this game, but after a 3-run 1st inning, he pitched very well, allowing just a run through the last 5 innings that he pitched. However, ultimately, he allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, earning the win and becoming 3-3/4.64/24 this season. Matt Albers allowed a run in 2 innings of relief, and Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless inning. Jacoby Ellsbury had a great game from the leadoff spot, going 3-5 and pushing his average to .295 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (left) went 3-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and a home run over the green monster, he is now .314/4/24 this year. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 with an RBI and a remarkable 4 runs scored. David Ortiz went 2-4 out of the #5 hole in the order, pushing his average to .292. J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie each went 1-4 with 2 RBIs as they are now .227/2/8 and .333/3/16, respectively. Tomorrow night, the Twins will stay in Boston for one more, as Josh Beckett (2-1/2.35/35) will take the hill against Nick Blackburn (2-4/4.41/15).

Bright Spots:
Daisuke Matsuzaka- Daisuke pitched very well after the 1st inning, allowing just 2 hits
Daniel Bard- a scoreless inning of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 3-5 with a run scored
Asrian Gonzalez- 3-5 with a homer, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with an RBI and 4 runs scored
David Ortiz- 2-4
J.D. Drew- 1-4 with 2 RBIs
Jed Lowrie- 1-4 with 2 RBIs on a massive double

Dull Spots:

I am so happy that we had no dull spots, this is exactly what we were expecting with the 2011 Red Sox!

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