Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Our Offense Shows Its Unpredictability Again, I Mean... Wow... (85-56)

Basically, the Red Sox creamed the Blue Jays last night, they started strong and finished strong in an easy victory for our favorite team. After a leadoff double to start off the game and a Dustin Pedroia strikeout, Adrian Gonzalez delivered by popping a ball up down the 3rd baseline just out of reach of Eric Thames. After a walk to Kevin Youkilis and a wild pitch, David Ortiz hit a hard single through the right side of the infield. The next batter, Marco Scutaro, basically had the exact same hit, but to the opposite field to score another run and make the score 3-0. Carl Crawford proceeded to hit a hard drive down the 1st baseline for an RBI double to end the scoring in a 4-run 1st inning. However, the Sox left off where they started in the 2nd with another hit by Jacoby Ellsbury, this time being brought in by a single up the middle by Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez came in to score as Kevin Youkilis crushed a double to center field to make it 6-0. After a one out single by Marco Scutaro to lead off the 3rd, Jarrod Saltalamacchia crushed a 2-run homer to center to make it 8-0. After Kevin Youkilis got on base in the 4th inning, back-to-back for David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro would make it 10-0 Sox. Marco Scutaro would come in to score on a line drive to Jose Bautista which deflected off his glove for an RBI single to make it 11-0. With Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz on base in the 5th inning, Marco Scutaro drove them both in with a double right down the 3rd base line for a 2-run double to make it an awesome 13-0 lead. In the 8th inning an opposite field home run for Josh Reddick would further extend the lead to 14-0, the final score.
      He was overshadowed by the offense, but dang.... Jon Lester was really, really good; he threw 7 shutout innings and struck out 11, as he is now 15-6/2.93/167 as he's been great all year. He was relieved by Kyle Weiland, who was also really good with 2 shutout innings and only 1 hit in relief. Jacoby Ellsbury had a pretty good day, going 2-4 and scoring 2 runs in the blowout, however, it was his pinch hitter Josh Reddick who made a big impact with a solo home run, as he is now .295/7/27. Adrian Gonzalez (near left) had a great night, going 3-5 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, as he is now .342/23/105. Kevin Youkilis also had a good day, going 2-4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 2 walks. David Ortiz (far left) had an awesome game, going 4-6 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, as he is now .318/28/91. Marco Scutaro had just a great day, going 4-5 with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, and 3 doubles; maybe he should bat in the #6 spot more often? Jarrod Saltalamacchia only went 1-5, but his hit was a big 2-run homer, as he is now .250/15/50. Even Darnell McDonald had a great game, going 2-5 with an RBI to bring his average up and past the "Mendoza Line." Tomorrow, Tim Wakefield (6-6/4.95/75) will try again for win #200 against Brandon Morrow (9-10/4.78/172).

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- 7 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts
Kyle Weiland- 2 shutout innings of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-4 with 2 runs scored
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis- 2-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI
David Ortiz- 4-6 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs
Marco Scutaro- 4-5 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 1-5 with a 2-run homer
Darnell McDonald- 2-5 with 1 RBI

Dull Spots:
Dustin Pedroia- 0-5 with a strikeout and 5 LOB

This was an awesome game for us, but in the way things are going, we're gonna get shut out tonight.

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