Thursday, March 29, 2012

Aceves Settles Down But Red Sox Still Suffer Loss (12-11)

Alfredo Aceves pitched pretty well today
After a horrible outing which appeared to have knocked Alfredo Aceves from the rotation candidates, he got the ball again today. He was a bit better-- allowing two runs, one earned, and striking out four in six strong against the Blue Jays. He left the game with a 2-2 tie which was quickly broken when Justin Thomas allowed the winning run to score in the eighth inning-- he allowed only that one run in his two innings of work. Michael Bowden pitched the ninth inning and gave up a hit in a scoreless inning. Hitting-wise, the Red Sox were not quite so strong in today's game. They scored one in the second inning with the help of some nice baserunning by Darnell McDonald and a timely double by Ryan Sweeney. They got another in the sixth with a home run for David Ortiz-- his third of the spring. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a nice day, going 2-2 with a double; however, that was pretty much the only offense the Red Sox would get in a 3-2 loss.

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Michael Bowden- 1 inning, 1 hit, no runs
David Ortiz- 1-3, solo home run
Darnell McDonald- 0-2, 1 run, 2 walks, 1 steal
Ryan Sweeney- 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 double
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 2-2, 1 double

Dull Spots:
Jacoby Ellsbury- 0-4, 1 left on base
Kevin Youkilis- 0-2, 1 strikeout
Mike Aviles- 0-3, 2 left on base

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