Sunday, June 19, 2011

Red Sox Eaten By The Wolf (42-28)

After some early offense from both teams, neither the Red Sox nor the Brewers scored after the 3rd inning in an eventual 4-2 loss for the Red Sox. When Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart homered consecutively to lead off the ballgame, it was looking like a rout. However, with runners at first and second in the bottom of the 2nd, a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single and a Mike Cameron single made it 2-2. However, in the top of the 3rd, former Red Sox catcher George Kottaras homered off his old teammate to give the Brew Crew a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, Ryan Braun came home on a single by Casey McGehee to make it 4-2. The Red Sox hot offense was held in check by Randy Wolf for 7 innings (hence the title).
Much like John Lackey the previous night, after a rough start, Lester went on to allow 4 runs, 3 earned in 8 innings of work. Unlike Lackey, however, he did not have the run support, and lost, becoming 9-3/3.70/95. Dan Wheeler, Tommy Hottovy, and Michael Bowden each threw a scoreless 1/3 of an inning in relief. Kevin Youkilis had a pretty good day, going 2-4 and scoring a run. David Ortiz went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Marco Scutaro went 2-4, as he has been very good since coming off the DL. The two RBIs came from Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1-4) and Mike Cameron (1-3). Today, Tim Wakefield (3-2/4.39/25) will face a tough challenge in Yovani Gallardo (8-3/3.76/84).

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- he settled down for 3 earned runs in 8 innings
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with a double and a run scored
David Ortiz- 1-3 with a walk and a run scored
Marco Scutaro- 2-4
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 1-4 with an RBI
Mike Cameron- 1-3 with an RBI

Dull Spots:
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-4 with 2 runners left on base
Darnell McDonald- 0-3 with a strikeout and 4 runners left on base

This was a disappointing loss, but we're still 1 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees and playing .600 baseball.

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