Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Red Sox Strand 32 Runners in Loss To Yankees (82-52)

Last night, the Sox suffered a tough, 5-2 loss to the Yankees which will put us just a 1/2 game up in the AL East. In the 2nd, with one out, the Yankees put runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out, and a bouncing ground ball just got by Dustin Pedroia to make it 1-0. After Curtis Granderson walked to lead off the 4th, Robinson Cano doubled him home to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, Cano scored on another RBI single by Eric Chavez. In the 4th, with one out, Carl Crawford punished a hanging curveball to put the Sox on the board at 3-1. Two singles put the Sox in another good position to score when Marco Scutaro hit a hard liner by the third baseman that got in the corner and allowed a run to score and make it 3-2. However, Francisco Cervelli homered to lead off the 5th, which would put the Yankees ahead 4-2. In the 7th, the Yankees put runners on 1st and 3rd to start the inning, and a double-play by Derek Jeter would make it 5-2.
       John Lackey wasn't very good, he allowed 5 runs, 4 earned in 7 innings and is now 12-10/5.94/94. Franklin Morales came in in relief and allowed 2 hits and no runs in 1/3 of an inning, while Matt Albers threw 2/3 of a scoreless inning and Alfredo Aceves threw a scoreless inning. Marco Scutaro had a good game, going 2-5 with an RBI double, he is now .272/5/33. David Ortiz went 2-4 in a good day for him. Jed Lowrie went 3-5 in a good day. Carl Crawford (left) went 2-4 with a solo home run, as he is now .253/10/48. Tonight, the Sox will look for a win with Josh Beckett (11-5/2.43/141) going up against Phil Hughes (4-4/6.46/33).

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- a scoreless inning of relief
Marco Scutaro- 2-5 with an RBI double
David Ortiz- 2-4
Jed Lowrie- 3-5
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with a solo home run

Dull Spots:
John Lackey- 5 runs in 7 innings for the loss
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-5 with 3 strikeouts and 5 runners left on base
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 1-4 with 3 strikeouts and 7 runners left on base

This wasn't a very good game by our standpoints and we'd better rebound tonight.

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