Monday, March 26, 2012

Red Sox Get Back On Track In Rout Over Phillies (11-10)

Lester pitched very well today
After a slump lasting a week or so, the Red Sox finally got back on track with a decisive victory over the Phillies today. They got going fast when Dustin Pedroia took a high fastball to right field for a solo home run. With runners at the corners in the second inning, Jimmy Rollins botched a double play ball off the bat of Ryan Sweeney which resulted in another run to make it 2-0. Lars Anderson led off the fifth inning with a double-- however, a strikeout and flyout pushed the situation from an easy scoring chance to a tough one. However, David Ortiz delivered with an RBI single and Cody Ross had the big hit with a homer to left to make it 5-0. After the seventh inning, Jon Lester's night was done-- he had a fantastic day. His final line showed 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 10 strikeouts to give him his second win of the spring and a 3.50 ERA. The Red Sox scored in the ninth and Matt Albers and Ross Ohlendorf closed out the game with shutout innings to finish a 6-0 win over the Phillies. 

Bright Spots:
Jon Lester- 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 10 strikeouts
Matt Albers- 1 inning, no runs or hits, 1 strikeout
Ross Ohlendorf- 1 inning, 1 hit, no runs
Dustin Pedroia- 1-4, 1 home run
Cody Ross- 1-4, 2-run home run
Jose Iglesias- 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Lars Anderson- 1-3, 1 double, 1 run

Dull Spots:
Nick Punto- 0-4, 3 strikeouts, 5 left on base

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