Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Red Sox Rally Late; Walk Off Vs. Orioles (21-20)

Last night was a very exciting game for the Red Sox, as they worked back from a 6-run deficit to win 8-7. The Orioles got off to an early lead, scoring twice on a Derrek Lee double and a Vladimir Guerrero groundout. They made it 3-0 on a soft single by Matt Wieters, scoring Guerrero. They made it 5-0 on a Mark Reynolds single and a J.J. Hardy sacrifice fly. They then got one more insurance run in the 6th with an Adam Jones single up the middle. However, that's when the Red Sox started scoring as they put a runner at second to start the 6th. Jed Lowrie quickly doubled in that runner, making it 6-1. After a great at-bat, Jason Varitek singled to right field to make it 6-2. Several batters later, Adrian Gonzalez hit a soft single to left, scoring Carl Crawford and making it 6-3. After that, though, Kevin Youkilis ripped a double off the green monster, scoring Jason Varitek and Adrian Gonzalez and making it a one-run game. However, the Orioles got a run back with a Mark Reynolds solo home run in the 7th, to make it 7-5 Orioles. Another RBI single by Jason Varitek scoring Jed Lowrie made it 7-6 though. In the bottom of the 9th, the Red Sox put runners at first and second to start the inning, and Adrian Gonzalez delivered, crushing a 2-run double off the green monster and making it 8-7 Red Sox, the final!
Daisuke Matsuzaka was not sharp, allowing 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings, as he is now 3-3/5.30/26, as he hasn't been too bad or good this year. Scott Atchison and Alfredo Aceves each allowed a run, in 1 2/3 and 3 innings, respectively. Jacoby Ellsbury had a pretty good day, going 2-5 with a run scored. Adrian Gonzalez went 3-5 with a run and 3 RBIs, including that huge walk-off double, as he is now .327/9/37 as he has been great. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 with 2 RBIs on another huge hit, that 2-run double, as he is now .254/7/27 this year. J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie each went 2-4, with 1 run and 2 runs, respectively. Jason Varitek had a rare good game, going 2-5 with 2 RBIs and a run. Tonight, Tim Wakefield (0-1/5.40/11) and Zach Britton (5-2/2.42/29) will square off.

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 1 run in 3 innings of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-5 with a run scored
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-5 with a run and 3 RBIs, including the walk-off double
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with 2 RBIs on another huge hit
J.D. Drew- 2-4 with a run scored
Jed Lowrie- 2-4 with 2 runs scored
Jason Varitek- 2-5 with 2 RBIs and a run

Dull Spots:
Daisuke Matsuzaka- 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings, not so good
David Ortiz- 0-4 with 6 runners left on base

I am thrilled that the Sox won this game, as they were really able to rally late!

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