Saturday, May 5, 2012

Orioles Cook Up A Rout Over Sox (11-15)

Aaron Cook made his Red
Sox debut today
A day game after a thirteen inning night game is always a difficult task, and the Red Sox showed that today. Aaron Cook was making his Red Sox debut and, the O's first got started off Cook when Chris Davis came in on a passed ball in the second. Davis's cleats spiked Cook on his slide and Cook was never the same for the rest of the game. The Orioles put runners on first and second with one out in the third and flew from there. Nick Markakis singled on a slow liner up the middle before Adam Jones crushed a two-run homer on a hanging curveball over the monster to make it 4-0. They proceeded to put another runner in scoring position on a Matt Wieters double and a Chris Davis single. Wilson Betemit singled into right to bring in Wieters and move Davis up to second. At this point, the Red Sox realized things were not going well for Cook and pulled him from the game after going 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB-- entering Clayton Mortensen into the ballgame. 

He was not sharp though
Mortensen didn't open up too well, allowing a three-run homer to Mark Reynolds-- a no-doubt shot well over the green monster. Mortensen stayed in, however, and was quite good in his role with 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 K-- as he has started off the season very well with a 1.42 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings so far. The Sox opened up the seventh by putting Adrian Gonzalez at first base with two outs before Ryan Sweeney knocked him in with a double high off the Green Monster to make it 8-1. Cody Ross proceeded to drive Sweeney in with a little bloop single into right field to make it 8-2. Scott Atchison had come in to pitch the top of the seventh, and he stayed in for the rest of the ballgame. He pitched well with 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K as he continued a strong season-- he currently stands at 1-0/1.50/14 in 18 innings this year. Just one tough inning led the Sox to dropping an 8-2 loss in Aaron Cook's debut.

Bright Spots:
Clayton Mortensen- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 K
Scott Atchison- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Dustin Pedroia- 2-4, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez- 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B
Ryan Sweeney- 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Cody Ross- 1-4, 1 RBI

Dull Spots:
Aaron Cook- 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Nick Punto- 0-4, 2 K
Mike Aviles- 0-4, 6 LOB
Marlon Byrd- 0-3, 1 K, 2 LOB

Player of the Game:
Adrian Gonzalez- Gonzalez played an excellent game for the Red Sox, with a 3-4 day-- including a double and scoring a run. 

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