Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lester In Too Long, Red Sox Fall (68-43)

Last night was a really bad game for the Red Sox, as they were leading up until the Yankees had one good inning, and lost because of it. After Josh Reddick singled in the 3rd, Jacoby Ellsbury whacked a double off the center field part of the green monster to make it 1-0. In the 4th, the Sox extended their lead to 2-0 when David Ortiz belted a home run way into the bleachers. However, in the 6th, the Yankees put runners at 1st and 2nd to start the inning. Curtis Granderson promptly blooped a single to left field to put the Yankees on the board at 2-1. Soon after, Robinson Cano grounded into a double play, but the run still scored and made it 2-2. Nick Swisher then hit a ground-rule double to left field where Granderson scored and made it 3-2 Yankees.
Jon Lester was very good through the first 5 innings, but he broke down in the 6th, and overall allowed 3 runs in 6 innings. He is now 11-5/3.23/131, as he is having a good season. Matt Albers pitched very well in relief, throwing 2 scoreless innings. Randy Williams then threw 2/3 of a scoreless inning and Alfredo Aceves threw the other 1/3. Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-3 with an RBI double in a pretty good day. David Ortiz only went 1-4, but he had that big home run and is now .289/21/71, as he has been really good this year. Carl Crawford also had a rare good day, going 2-4 with a double. Josh Reddick also went 2-4, but both hits were singles, as he has been phenomenal. Tonight, the Red Sox and John Lackey (9-8/6.23/71) will try to reclaim first place against C.C. Sabathia (16-5/255/162).

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- 3 runs in 6 innings, but he pitched much better than that
Matt Albers- 2 shutout innings of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 1-3 with an RBI double
David Ortiz- 1-4 with a solo home run
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a double
Josh Reddick- 2-4

Dull Spots:
Adrian Gonzalez- ended his 13-game hitting streak with an 0-4, 3 LOB night
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-4 with a strikeout and 2 LOB
Marco Scutaro- 0-3 with 2 LOB

This was a really tough game for the Sox, and they really need to win tonight.

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