Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Red Sox Walk Off In 11 Vs. Twins (17-18)

Last night the Red Sox beat the Twins 2-1 in a very low-scoring affair, where the Red Sox walked off in eleven innings to secure a series win, and stand just 1 game under .500. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 5th inning, when Jason Varitek doubled to lead off the inning. After two groundouts advanced him to 3rd base with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez delivered with a slap single to left to make it 1-0 Red Sox. It stayed a 1-0 until the top of the 8th inning, when after Denard Span reached 1st, he got to second on a balk, with two outs. Jason Kubel delivered, singling up the middle to tie the game up at 1-1. In the bottom of the 11th inning, with 1 out, Jed Lowrie walked. To give Lowrie a break, they put in Jose Iglesias as a pinch-runner, a movethat probably worked well for them as Carl Crawford doubled off the green monster to win it at 2-1.
Josh Beckett (top right) pitched very well, allowing no runs and 6 hits through 7 strong innings, lowering his ERA to a remarkable 1.99. After Alfredo Aceves allowed 1 run in 2/3 of an inning, Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Hideki Okajima then came on and allowed no runs and 2 hits in 2 innings, earning the win, and making him 1-0/4.32/6 this year. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-5 with 1 RBI today, making him now .317/4/25 this year. Carl Crawford (left) only went 1-5 but he did have the walk-off double, and is now .211/1/8 on the season. Jason Varitek had a rare good game, going 2-4 and scoring a run.
Tonight, the Sox head to Toronto and will send Jon Lester (4-1/2.33/46) against Kyle Drabek (2-2/4.50/28).

Bright Spots:
Josh Beckett- 7 shutout innings, with 6 hits
Hideki Okajima- the win with 2 shutout innings of relief
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-5 with an RBI
Carl Crawford- 1-5 with the walk-off double
Jason Varitek- 2-4 with a run scored

Dull Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 1 run in 2/3 of an inning
Kevin Youkilis- 0-3 with 2 strikeouts
David Ortiz- 0-5 with 4 runners left on base

I am glad that the Red Sox won, and how they won, and that they are 1 game from .500!

1 comment:

  1. This was a nice game and it's great to see Josh Beckett doing well!