Friday, August 5, 2011

Bedard Not Bad, But Sox Split Series (68-42)

Last night was a tough loss, as Erik Bedard was not bad in his Sox debut, but we still lost 7-3 due to some shaky bullpen work. After Jacoby Ellsbury reached second with one out in the 1st inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a long fly ball off the center field portion of the green monster to score him and make it 1-0. David Ortiz promptly singled him home to make it 2-0 in the 1st. However, the Indians retaliated in the 2nd, putting runners on 1st and 3rd to start the inning, an infield single by Matt LaPorta and an RBI groundout by Austin Kearns made it 2-2. The Indians put runners at 1st and 3rd again in the 3rd, and Carlos Santana blooped a single to right field, scoring a run to make it 3-2. In the 4th, Josh Reddick tied it with a solo home run into the bullpen, making it 3-3. However, when Erik Bedard left, in the 6th, all hell broke loss as Travis Hafner doubled to deep center to lead off the inning and Carlos Santana homered to center to make it 5-3. With Asdrubal Cabrera on 1st, Travis Hafner again hit a double, this time bringing him in in the 7th, to make it 6-3. In the 9th, Asdrubal Cabrera again scored on a double, this time by Kosuke Fukudome.
Erik Bedard was not bad, as despite allowed 3 runs and 7 hits, he also struck out 5 in 5 innings, and he threw three 1-2-3 innings, he is now 4-7/3.55/92. In relief, Franklin Morales allowed 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning, and Alfredo Aceves threw a scoreless 2/3. Andrew Miller then allowed 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings, and Dan Wheeler threw a scoreless 1/3. Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-3 with a run, but he couldn't manage to be the hero again. Adrian Gonzalez went 1-4 with an RBI double and a run scored. Josh Reddick (left) went 1-4 with a solo home run, as he is now .338/5/22. Tonight, the Yankees will come to town for a crucial series for 1st place and the Sox will send Jon Lester (11-4/3.17/124) against Bartolo Colon (8-6/3.30/98).

Bright Spots:
Erik Bedard- despite 2 bad innings, he was very sharp in the other 3
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-3 with a run scored
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-4 with a run and an RBI on a double
David Ortiz- 1-3 with an RBI
Josh Reddick- 1-4 with a solo home run

Dull Spots:
Franklin Morales- the loss with 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning
Andrew Miller- 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings
Dustin Pedroia- 0-4 with a strikeout and 3 runners left on base
Kevin Youkilis- 0-4 with a strikeout
Carl Crawford- 0-4 with 2 runners left on base
Jason Varitek- 0-4 with 3 runners left on base and 3 strikeouts, ouch!
Marco Scutaro- 0-4 with a strikeout

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