Friday, May 11, 2012

Red Sox Fall To Tribe In Series Opener (12-19)

Beckett only lasted 2.1 innings 
I really don't know how to right the Red Sox' ship right now-- they were 11-11 before losing eight of their next nine. As has become typical, the Sox were working from behind as they allowed a pair of runners in scoring position with one out in the second. Casey Kotchman knocked a sacrifice fly before Jack Hannahan hit one a bit harder which went into the seats to make it 3-0 Indians. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to lead off the third, but the next two batters got out and the Sox were held to an RBI single for Mike Aviles. Things got rough in the third for the Indians as Jason Kipnis led off with a homer. A single and a walk, then a pair of RBI doubles for Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley netted the Indians a 7-1 lead.

He was not good to say the least
As you may imagine, Josh Beckett was quickly pulled after this-- leaving the game with a line of 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K. The Sox began to chip away at the lead a bit by putting a pair of runners on base with two outs. Daniel Nava proceeded to line a ball into the gap, which would result in an RBI double to give the Indians a 7-2 lead. In the seventh inning, Dustin Pedroia led off the inning with a homer to right-center off reliever Tony Sipp-- Pedroia's fifth of the year. A multitude of relievers pitched for the Sox after Beckett's downfall, but it was Alfredo Aceves who allowed the last run of the game. This made it 8-3 on a sacrifice fly for Carlos Santana but by then it didn't even matter.

Bright Spots:
Andrew Miller- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K
Rich Hill- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K
Scott Atchison- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K
Franklin Morales- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Dustin Pedroia- 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Adrian Gonzalez- 2-5, 2 R, 2B
Daniel Nava- 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Dull Spots:
Josh Beckett- 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Alfredo Aceves- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB

Player of the Game:
Daniel Nava- In his first game since September 2010, Nava had a solid game-- going 1-2 with an RBI double and a pair of walks.

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