Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Red Sox End Losing Streak In A Big Way! (86-61)

The Red Sox struck first in the bottom of the 1st. They had loaded the bases one two walks and a single with two outs and Josh Reddick came up. Reddick bounced a ball to the first baseman who fielded it cleanly and made a throw to first which deflected off the pitcher's glove. It would bounce foul and allow two runs to score. However, one play in the 2nd gave the Blue Jays a quick lead as with two men on, J.P. Arencibia lined a homer to left to score all three and make it 3-2. With Marco Scutaro at 2nd base in the 2nd inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a long double off the Green monster to tie the game and make it 3-3. After a balk, Jacoby Ellsbury himself would score on a line drive to left that was caught for a sacrifice fly by Dustin Pedroia. However, in the 3rd, the Jays would reclaim the lead as Jose Bautista crushed a ball to dead left as it actually clanged off the foul pole for a 2-run homer which would make it 5-4. However, back-to-back homers by Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia in the 4th would give the Sox another lead at 6-5. With 1 out and Carl Crawford at 3rd in the 6th inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia poked one in between third and short for an RBI single to make it 7-5. Later in the inning, Dustin Pedroia crushed a 3-run homer to left to make it 10-5. In the 7th, Carl Crawford reached 1st with 1 out and Marco Scutaro drove him in with a high double to left to make it 11-5. A walk by Jacoby Ellsbury and a double by Dustin Pedroia opened the 8th inning. A single would score one and a sacrifice fly by the next batter, Conor Jackson would bring in another run and make it 13-5. A single and a walk then loaded the bases, and a walk to Marco Scutaro would bring in a run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then double to center field, scoring all three runners on base and made it a rout at 17-5. An RBI single by Jacoby Ellsbury would extend the lead further to 18-5. David Cooper hit an RBI double in the 9th, and it was tremendously important... but it wasn't, cause we won 18-6.
      Well, it finally happened, Tim Wakefield got win #200. He didn't pitch too well, but he got the job done, allowing 5 runs in 6 innings, as he is now 7-6/5.13/84. He was relieved with Alfredo Aceves' 2 scoreless innings, and a run in an inning by Junichi Tazawa in his first appearance since Tommy John surgery. Jacoby Ellsbury had a great game, going 4-5 with 4 runs and 3 RBIs, including a solo home run, as he is now .321/27/94. Dustin Pedroia (left), somehow, had an even better game, going 4-5 with 4 runs and 5 RBIs, including 2 home runs, as he is having a great season at .300/20/82, as he has finally achieved his goal of 20 home runs in a season. Adrian Gonzalez had a good game, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Carl Crawford had a good game, going 2-4 with 3 runs scored, raising his average up to .253, as he's been fantastic all year... no, no he has not. Marco Scutaro had a good day as well, going 2-3 with a run and 2 RBIs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was another 4-RBI man, going 2-5 with 4 RBIs, as he is now .249/16/55. Today, at 1:35, we will face a bit of a lopsided matchup as John Lackey (12-12/6.30/97) will face Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero (14-10/3.01/164).

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 2 scoreless innings of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 4-5 with 4 runs and 3 RBIs, including a home run
Dustin Pedroia- 4-5 with 4 runs and 5 RBIs, including 2 home runs
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-4 with a run and an RBI
Carl Crawford- 2-4 with 3 runs scored
Marco Scutaro- 2-3 with a run and 2 RBIs
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 2-5 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs

Dull Spots:
Jed Lowrie- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and 3 LOB
Kevin Youkilis- 0-3 with a strikeout

This was a good game, and a post about Tim Wakefield is coming later.

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