Monday, March 19, 2012

Early Lead Slips Away As Sox Fall (9-5)

Felix Doubront pitched well
Well, today was a disappointing game for the Sox as an early 3-1 lead was to no avail in a loss. The Twins scored in the first inning after some issues by Felix Doubront. However, the Red Sox came strong into the second inning. After a walk and a hit by pitch pitted the Sox with two runners with one out, Jason Repko knocked one in with a double. Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked a walk to load the bases. The Sox would score twice more in the inning on a groundout by Darnell McDonald and an RBI by Jacoby Ellsbury to give them a 3-1 lead. The Twins scored again in the third, but overall Felix Doubront was solid-- giving them 4.2 innings with 2 runs and 8 hits. However, the Twins scored three times in the sixth off Mark Melancon-- 1 inning, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout-- to give them a 5-3 lead. After solid outings by Justin Thomas and Andrew Bailey, the Twins scored three in the ninth off Scott Atchison to give them an 8-3 lead. An RBI single for Alex Hassan in the ninth brought it to 8-4 but that was it. The Mayor's Cup is now tied at 2-2.

Bright Spots:
Andrew Bailey- 1 inning, no runs, no hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-3, 1 RBI
Jason Repko- 1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 double
Kevin Youkilis- 1-1, 1 walk, 1 steal
Peter Hissey- 1-1, 1 run, 1 double

Dull Spots:
Mark Melancon- 1 inning, 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Scott Atchison- 1.1 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits
Brandon Jacobs- 0-2, 1 left on base
Dustin Pedroia- 0-3, 3 left on base
Adrian Gonzalez- 0-3, 1 strikeout, 1 left on base
David Ortiz- 0-3, 1 run, 2 strikeouts, 4 left on base
Jose Iglesias- 0-3, 1 RBI, 3 left on base

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