Sunday, May 1, 2011

That's Why We Signed Him; Red Sox Walk Off On Crawford's Single, Avoid Sweep (12-15)

Today the Red Sox beat the Mariners 3-2 on a walk-off single by Carl Crawford to avoid a sweep. After Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia reached base in the 3rd inning, David Ortiz drove them both in with a double off of the green monster to make it 2-0 Red Sox early on off Felix Hernandez. In the 6th inning, after two singles, Bobby Jenks walked three consecutive batters to tie the game up at 2-2, as he had another really rough outing. It remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when the Red Sox secured their win. With one out in the 9th inning, Jed Lowrie nailed a ball into right field, which deflected off Ichiro's leg into the corner for the triple. After a groundout by Marco Scutaro, Carl Crawford (bottom left) lined a ball back up the middle for a walk-off single!
Making a spot start on short notice, Tim Wakefield (top right) pitched pretty well, allowing 1 earned run in 5 1/3 innings, as he is now 0-0/4.24/10. However, Bobby Jenks was terrible out of the 'pen... again, he allowed 2 runs, and walked 3, in only 1/3 of an inning, getting himself his second blown save of the year. Matt Albers pitched very well after him, not allowing a hit in 2 innings, before Jonathan Papelbon pitched another scoreless inning and earned the win. Dustin Pedroia had a very good game, going 2-4 with a run scored, he is now .265/2/8. David Ortiz went 1-4 with the afore-mentioned 2-run double off the wall, making him now .267/2/13 this year. Carl Crawford (left) went 2-4 with that game-winning RBI, as he is now .168/1/7 this year, as he's gotten off to a very rough start. Tomorrow, the Angels will come to town, and we'll see Clay Buchholz (1-3/5.33/15) take on a tough challenge in Jered Weaver (6-0/0.99/49).

Bright Spots:
Tim Wakefield- only 1 earned run in 5 1/3 innings
Matt Albers- 2 scoreless innings of relief
Jonathan Papelbon- the win with a scoreless inning of relief
Dustin Pedroia- 2-4 with a run scored
David Ortiz- 1-4 with a 2-run double
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with the walk-off RBI

Dull Spots:
Bobby Jenks- 2 runs on 3 walks in 1/3 of an inning
J.D. Drew- 0-3
Marco Scutaro- 0-4
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3 with a strikeout

I am so happy that the Sox won, and how, and I hope they can continue winning against the Angels.

1 comment:

  1. Let's hope this is the beginning of Carl getting his old Rays mojo working with the Sox and up to speed!