Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Red Sox Suffer Bad Loss At The Wrong Time (89-71)

Last night was a terrible game, but it held a greater significance as the Rays won to tie it up in the Wild Card spot. In the 2nd inning, with Marco Scutaro at 1st, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled into left-center. Matt Angle grabbed the ball and threw it back into the infield, but it wasn't near anybody, and Scutaro was able to score. In the bottom of the 2nd, however, Matt Weiters homered to left field to tie it at 1-1. In the 4th, Jed Lowrie took a high change and belted it to right for a solo home run. In the 5th, the Orioles tied it as Chris Davis hit a ball back up the middle. In the 6th, it was Chris Davis again as he lined a ball down into right field to score one and make it 3-2 Orioles. Later in the inning, Robert Andino crushed a ball high in the air to center field. Jacoby Ellsbury was unable to get it as it deflected off his glove, and Andino was able to round the bases with an inside-the-park home run to make it 6-2. A Dustin Pedroia RBI single in the 9th made it 6-3, but it wasn't enough.
      Josh Beckett was very good until the 6th inning, but total he allowed 6 runs in 6 innings to close his season at 13-7/2.89/175, one of the best seasons of his career. He was relieved by Alfredo Aceves and Kyle Weiland with a scoreless inning each. Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, going 2-4 and scoring a run. Dustin Pedroia also had a good day, going 2-4 and driving in a run. David Ortiz went 2-5. Jed Lowrie went 1-4 with a solo home run, as he is now .257/6/36. Tonight, the Red Sox will hope for a Yankees win and will send Erik Bedard (5-9/3.50/119) against Zach Britton (11-10/4.44/95).

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- a scoreless inning
Kyle Weiland- a scoreless inning
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-4 with a run scored
Dustin Pedroia- 2-4 with an RBI
Jed Lowrie- 1-4 with a solo home run

Dull Spots:
Carl Crawford- 0-5 with 4 LOB
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and 4 LOB

This was a tough game, and we really really need the Yankees to win tonight.

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