Thursday, May 5, 2011

Red Sox Lose A Weird Game To Angels (14-16)

Last night, the Red Sox lost a 13 inning game 5-3 to the Angels in a very strange game that was about 7 1/2 hours total, as it had a rain delay in the middle. The scoring started late, as the first runs of the game were scored in the 7th inning on a 2-run homer by Vernon Wells. In the bottom of the 8th, Jason Varitek crossed the plate on a single by Adrian Gonzalez to make it 2-1 Angels. The Angels padded their lead on a sacrifice fly by Erick Aybar in the 9th inning, making it 3-1 Angels. However, in the bottom of the 9th, Fernando Rodney threw a wild pitch, that made it a one-run game as Jed Lowrie scored. Then the Sox tied it, as Jacoby Ellsbury whacked a single to right field. With two outs in the top of the 13th, however, Bobby Abreu lined a ball up the middle, scoring two runs and making it 5-3 Angels, as the winning runs scored.
Josh Beckett, the starter, did very well before he was taken out in the rain delay, allowing 1 hit and no runs through 4 1/3 innings. Matt Albers, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon each threw at least one scoreless inning of relief. Daisuke Matsuzaka, pitching in relief, however, got the loss, allowing 2 runs in an inning, he is now 2-3/4.33/20. Jacoby Ellsbury did not have a good game, but he singled in the winning run, so he went 1-6 with an RBI. Adrian Gonzalez went 1-3 with an RBI. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 with a near home run that almost won the game. Jed Lowrie went 2-5 with a run scored, as he had a pretty good day. Carl Crawford went 1-6 with a run scored and Jason Varitek went 1-4 with a run scored. Today at 1:35, John Lackey (2-3/5.65/17) will go up against Joel Piniero (0-0/1.29/3) as the Sox will look for a series win.

Bright Spots:
Josh Beckett- Beckett was very sharp before the rain delay
Matt Albers- 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief
Jonathan Papelbon- a scoreless inning of relief
Daniel Bard- 2 scoreless innings of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- a very clutch RBI single
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-3 with an RBI
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with almost the walk-off RBI
Jed Lowrie- 2-5 with a run scored

Dull Spots:
Dan Wheeler- 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning
Daisuke Matsuzaka- 2 runs in 1 inning
Dustin Pedroia- 0-6 with 4 strikeouts
David Ortiz- 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and 4 runners left on base

The Red Sox lost, but they put up a fight, and I hope they can still be one within .500 after a win today?

1 comment:

  1. Great summary of this game. Thirteen innings is quite a game - sorry to hear that the Sox lost in the end despite putting up a good fight.