Sunday, July 22, 2012

Jays' Home Runs Ruin Cook's Night (48-47)

For the most part, Cook was great
Last night was another very disappointing night for the Red Sox as things went from good to bad in a hurry off Aaron Cook. Things started off great as the Sox put a rally together in the second inning. An Adrian Gonzalez single and Cody Ross double put the Red Sox in a great position to score a few runs. They would do just that as Jarrod Saltalamacchia lifted one in the air to right for a three-run homer. The Blue Jays got right back into it in the third, though, after loading the bases on a double error and single. While it looked like things could get really bad, the only run came on a sacrifice fly by Brett Lawrie to make it 3-1. It stayed there for a while until Colby Rasmus walked with two outs in the sixth inning. On a 2-2 count, Edwin Encarnacion absolutely crushed one to left to tie it at 3-3 off Aaron Cook.

From that point on, it was all Blue Jays. Bobby Valentine left Cook in to pitch the seventh inning and was rewarded by a leadoff homer on the first pitch of the inning by J.P. Arencibia. However, the Blue Jays weren't done in the inning, as they would put two men in scoring position and two outs for Brett Lawrie. The Red Sox continued their meltdown as Lawrie singled to left to drive them both in and make it 6-3. It became 7-3 in the ninth inning as Dustin Pedroia went home on a groundball and his throw was just late. The Red Sox couldn't muster up the necessary four runs in the ninth and they lost.

Bright Spots:
Vicente Padilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Cody Ross- 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Pedro Ciriaco- 1-3

Dull Spots:
Franklin Morales- 0.1 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Junichi Tazawa- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Carl Crawford- 0-4, 2 K, 2 LOB
Will Middlebrooks- 0-4, 1 K, 1 LOB
Ryan Sweeney- 0-3

Player of the Game:
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Although he only went 1-4, Salty's three-run homer was undoubtedly the highlight of the night for the Red Sox-- he is now .228/18/44 this season.

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