Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NIne Game Streak Ends In Shutout (39-27)

Last night, the Red Sox' 9-game win streak ended at 9 games in a 4-0 loss to the Rays, aided by a complete game shutout by James Shields. It started out as a pitcher's duel, but the Rays finally broke through in the 5th inning when Justin Ruggiano crushed a home run down the left field line to make it 1-0. They got another in the 6th when, with runners at the corners, Salty let one slip by him, and a run scored to make it 2-0. In the 8th inning, RBI singles by Casey Kotchman (former Red Sock) and John Jaso made it 4-0.
Tim Wakefield was very sharp for much of the game, allowing 4 hits on 2 runs in 7 strong innings. He earned the loss, unfortunately, and is now 3-2/4.39/25. Tommy Hottovy was very bad, as he allowed 2 runs, both earned, without even recording an out. Alfredo Aceves, meanwhile, was good, throwing a scoreless inning and allowing a hit. The Red Sox only managed 5 hits in the game, 3 of which belonged to Adrian Gonzalez, who had a great day, going 3-4 and raising his average to .347 this year. The other hits belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury (1-3) and J.D. Drew (1-3). Tonight, Josh Beckett (5-2/2.06/73) and Jeremy Hellickson (7-4/3.03/52) will square off in Tampa.

Bright Spots:
Tim Wakefield- despite earning the loss, he was very good, allowing 2 runs in 7 innings
Alfredo Aceves- a scoreless inning of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 1-3 with a walk
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-4
J.D. Drew- 1-3

Dull Spots:
Tommy Hottovy- 2 runs without recording an out
Dustin Pedroia- 0-4 with a strikeout
Kevin Youkilis- 0-4 with a strikeout and 5 runners left on base
Carl Crawford- 0-3 with a strikeout
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-3 with 2 strikeouts, chasing a lot of bad pitches

This was a good game, but a bit sad from a Red Sox fan's impression.

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