Thursday, September 29, 2011

Red Sox Blow Late Lead, Head Back Home (90-72)

This was probably the most important regular season game that I have ever watched- and we lost. The Red Sox took a lead in the 3rd as Dustin Pedroia singled in Mike Aviles to make it 1-0. In the bottom of the 3rd, however, the Red Sox fell behind again as J.J. Hardy crushed a 2-run homer to left to make it 2-1. With Marco Scutaro at 3rd and 2 outs in the 4th inning, he came in as Alfredo Simon balked to tie it up at 2-2. However, Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox a lead in the 5th with a homer to left to make it 3-2. They held that lead until Jonathan Papelbon came in. In the bottom of the 9th, an RBI double tied it and a walk-off single by Nolan Reimold would make it 4-3, and the Orioles won. The Rays beat the Yankees, coming back from a 7-0 deficit to head into the Playoffs.
       I have nothing on Jon Lester, he pitched well, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. He finished 2011 with respectable 15-9/3.47/182 stats. He was relieved with Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard with a scoreless inning each. However, Jonathan Papelbon allowed 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Dustin Pedroia (left), offensively, was the bright spot for the Red Sox as we went 3-4 with a solo home run as well as an RBI single, as he finished 2011 at .307/21/91, as he had a great season. David Ortiz went 2-4 in a good day. Marco Scutaro went 2-4 and scored a run in a good day for him. There is gonna be no pitching matchup tomorrow, or even Friday. However, there's always next year. The Yearly News is coming out later.

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- 2 runs in 6 innings
Alfredo Aceves- a scoreless inning
Daniel Bard- a scoreless inning
Dustin Pedroia- 3-4 with a run and 2 RBIs, including a solo shot
David Ortiz- 2-4
Marco Scutaro- 2-4 with a run scored

Dull Spots:
Jonathan Papelbon- 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning
Ryan Lavarnway- 0-5 with a strikeout and 9 LOB

This was a tough game for the Sox, but there's always next year.

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