Thursday, May 19, 2011

Red Sox Make A Splash Of Salty Rain (22-20)

Last night, the Red Sox just paced the Tigers with a huge offensive outburst from both sides. Just kidding, in a rain drenched game, the final score was 1-0, in the Red Sox' favor. The only score of the entire night was an RBI double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, scoring Carl Crawford, off the deepest part of the green monster. Each side pitched extremely well as both Clay Buchholz (right) and Phil Coke tossed 7 innings of shutout ball, but both sides' great outings were wasted by a rain delay in the top of the 8th inning.
Clay Buchholz was fantastic, going 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, and striking out 7. He did not earn the win, and he is now 4-3/3.42/37 this year, as after a few bad starts, he's been great. Daniel Bard earned the win with a scoreless inning, while Jonathan Papelbon earned the save. The Red Sox only had 4 hits on the entire night, belonging to Dustin Pedroia (1-4), Kevin Youkilis (1-2), Jed Lowrie (1-3), and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After that huge RBI double, Salty is now .221/1/10, as he is improving after a very rough start, like most players on the Red Sox. Tonight will be a marquee pitching matchup as Josh Beckett (3-1/1.75/49) and Justin Verlander (4-3/2.91/62) will take the hill.

Bright Spots:
Clay Buchholz- 7 strikeouts and 4 hits through 7 shutout innings
Daniel Bard- earned the win and the hold with a shutout inning
Jonathan Papelbon- earned his 8th save of the year with a shutout inning
Kevin Youkilis- 1-2 with a walk
Jed Lowrie- 1-3
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 1-3 with a key hit in that RBI double

Dull Spots:
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-3 with a strikeout
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-3
David Ortiz- 0-3
Mike Cameron- 0-3 with 2 strikeouts

Well, the Red Sox hit.... wait that's not right, pitched like champions, and I'm happy about that.

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