Saturday, May 14, 2011

Red Sox Edge Yankees After Late Rally (18-20)

Last night, the Red Sox played a great game against the Yankees, edging them out 5-4, in a very close game. After a pitcher's duel through the first 3 innings, in the 4th, the Red Sox got going with an Adrian Gonzalez bomb to right field, as he crushed it. After the Red Sox loaded the bases with 1 out later in the inning, Carl Crawford grounded to first to make it 2-0 Sox. It stayed like this when Russell Martin hit a home run just over Jacoby Ellsbury's glove to score Jorge Posada, making the score 2-2. With runners on first and third with 1 out in the 7th inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2 Red Sox. However, in the next at-bat, Kevin Youkilis hit a home run to right-center field that just made it over the wall to make it 5-2. In the bottom of the 8th, after a Curtis Granderson triple, he came back home on a wild pitch by Daniel Bard to cut it to 5-3. Curtis Granderson singled in Derek Jeter in the 9th inning to make it 5-4, but that's how it stayed.
Clay Buchholz (right) pitched very well, allowing 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out 7, and only allowing 5 hits. He earned the win, and is now 4-3/3.94/30, as he has been really good since a bad starter. Daniel Bard and Jonathan each allowed a run in an inning, earning a hold and a save, respectively. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-5 and scored a run, while Dustin Pedroia went 1-3 while scoring a run. Adrian Gonzalez (left) went 1-3 with a home run, and 2 RBIs. Kevin Youkilis only wet 1-5, but he scored 2 runs, and had 2 RBIs on a big home run. Tonight, Josh Beckett (2-1/1.99/40) and C.C. Sabathia (3-2/2.89/44) will go up in a tough matchup.

Bright Spots:
Clay Buchholz- 2 runs in 7 innings with 7 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-5 with a run scored
Dustin Pedroia 1-3 with a run
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis- 1-5 with a home run, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs
David Ortiz 1-3

Dull Spots:
Carl Crawford- 0-4, breaking his 11-game hit-streak

I am really happy that the Sox won, and now are just 2 games under .500.

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