Sunday, August 14, 2011

Furbush Stymies Red Sox In Series Finale (73-46)

Today, the Sox had another depressing loss to the Mariners, this one was 5-3 in a very tough game. After Wakefield shut down the M's for the first 2 innings, they got to him in the third after a leadoff single for Casper Wells. He then stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on an error before a Jack Wilson infield single brought him home for a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Franklin Gutierrez smacked a ball to left field which would land in the glove of Carl Crawford for a sac fly. Later in that same inning, Mike Carp smacked a ball to right for a base hit to extend the lead to 3-0. In the 4th, Adrian Gonzalez rushed home on a sacrifice fly by Jed Lowrie to make it 3-1. However in the 5th, an RBI single for Dustin Ackley made it 4-1. Then in the 6th, Casper Wells led off the inning with a homer to left to make it 5-1. In the 8th, Kevin Youkilis hit a home run to left to make it 5-3 but it wasn't enough.
Tim Wakefield was decent, with a complete game effort despite allowing 5 runs in 8 innings. He again fell short of 200 wins and is now 6-5/4.90/66. Adrian Gonzalez had a pretty good game for the Sox, going 2-4 and scoring a run. Kevin Youkilis (left) also improved his numbers by going 1-3 with a 2-run homer, as he is now .267/17/78. Jed Lowrie was decent, going 1-3 with an RBI on a sac fly. In the first game of Tuesday, the Sox will send Jon Lester (11-6/3.32/135) up against James Shields (11-9/2.80/167) and the Rays.

Bright Spots:
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with a run scored
Kevin Youkilis- 1-3 with a 2-run homer
Jed Lowrie- 1-3 with an RBI

Dull Spots:
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-3 with a strikeout
Carl Crawford- 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and 3 LOB
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-4 with a strikeout and 2 LOB
Darnell McDonald- 0-4 with a strikeout and 2 LOB

This was not a fun game for the Sox.

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