Clay Buchholz (top right) pitched his first legitimately good start of the year, allowing 2 runs through 6 2/3 strong innings. He picked up the win, and is now 2-3/4.81/17 to start the season. Daniel Bard followed with 1/3 of a scoreless inning, before Dan Wheeler exploded with 3 runs in 1 1/3 innings, as he hasn't been too sharp this year. Hideki Okajima closed the game with 2/3 of an inning. Jacoby Ellsbury had a very good game, going 2-4 with 3 runs scored last night. Dustin Pedroia (left) only went 1-4 but had the key hit of the game with that 2-run single. Adrian Gonzalez also only went 1-4 but had a key 3-run double, as he is now .310/1/18 this year. Kevin Youkilis went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored, as did David Ortiz, but Ortiz' came on a homer. Carl Crawford had a good game, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored, as he's pushed that batting average up to .181. Tonight, in another pitcher's duel, Jon Lester (3-1/2.52/35) will go up against Dan Haren (4-1/1.23/38).
Clay Buchholz- 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings, along with a win
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-4 with 3 runs scored
Dustin Pedroia- 1-4 with 2 RBI
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-4 with 3 RBI
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with 2 RBI
David Ortiz- 2-4 with a 2-run home run
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a run scored
Dan Wheeler- 3 runs in 1 1/3 innings
J.D. Drew- 0-4 with a strikeout
Jed Lowrie- 0-4 with a strikeout
I'm so happy that the Sox could beat one of the best in the game, and in May we are 2-0!