Thursday, July 21, 2011

Red Sox Blank Orioles In Series Finale (59-37)

Yesterday, the Red Sox concluded a series win against the Orioles by beating them 4-0. The Red Sox got their first run in the top of the 3rd on a solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury. In the 4th, Josh Reddick came in to score on a groundout by Jason Varitek to make it 2-0. In the 7th, another homer by Jacoby Ellsbury made it 3-0. In the 8th, the bases were loaded, setting up for a walk by Carl Crawford to make it 4-0, the final score, as the O's couldn't do anything, managing just 2 hits.
Andrew Miller was very good, allowing no runs through 5 2/3 innings, however, he had some control issues, walking 6. After that start, he is n
ow 4-1/4.65/16, as he's been very good except for one start. Matt Albers, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon didn't even allow a hit i
n 1 1/3, 1, and 1 innings, respectively. Jacoby Ellsbury had a great game, going 2-4 with 2 solo homers, as he is now a fantastic .316/15/54. Who would have guessed that, at this point in the season, Jacoby Ellsbury who have 2 fewer home runs than Adrian Gonzalez, and Dustin Pedroia would have 8 more steals than Carl Crawford. Adrian Gonzalez also had a great game, going 4-5 with a run scored and raising the average to .343. Josh Reddick went 2-3 with a run scored in a good game, and Carl Crawford went 2-3 with an RBI. Tomorrow, the Red Sox will head back to Fenway to face the Mariners, and will send John Lackey (7-8/6.70/59) against Felix Hernandez (8-8/3.26/146).

Bright Spots:
Andrew Miller- 2 hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings
Matt Albers- 1 1/3 shutout innings
Daniel Bard- 1 scoreless inning
Jonathan Papelbon- 1 scoreless inning
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-4 with 2 solo home runs
Adrian Gonzalez- 4-5 with a run scored
Josh Reddick- 2-3 with a run scored
Carl Crawford- 2-3 with an RBI

Dull Spots:
Marco Scutaro- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts
Jason Varitek- 0-4 with an RBI, but a strikeout and 5 runners left on base
Yamaico Navarro- 0-4 with a strikeout and 4 runners left on base

This was a very good game for the Sox, as they just dominated the Orioles.

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