Dustin Pedroia led the derby for the Boston Red Sox with two home runs and three RBI’s as they went on to demolish the Orioles 10-0 last night at Fenway Park. After a dismal Labor day showing in regards to Boston’s offense, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Gonzalez, JD Drew, and David Ortiz all decided to take their drivers out against entire Baltimore pitching staff yesterday as well.
Big Papi’s center field shot ranked him tied with Frank Thomas for the most home runs all-time produced by a designated hitter. It didn’t seem to be on his mind during the game, since he just found out by reporters during post-game interviews. “I did? Ortiz Asked. “Wow. That’s a good accomplishment. Frank Thomas is a 500-home-run hitter, so to be tied with him, that’s special.” Ortiz has belted 312 career total homers and 269 as a DH.
Clay Buchholz never gave the Orioles a chance to come back (let alone score a run), allowing just three hits and one walk in his seven innings of work. Michael Bowden came in from the bullpen and shut the door in the eighth and ninth. “They had to respect every pitch that he could throw for strikes,” said manager Terry Francona on Buchholz. “When he pitches like that, and I’m not trying to get ahead of myself, it’s amazing how good the organization feels about the future. You look at him out there putting up zeroes, and the way he can do it, it’s very exciting.”
The Red Sox are now two games up on the Wild Card over the Texas Rangers heading into tonight’s game against Baltimore. With just over twenty games left in the regular season, Boston will look to keep that Wild Card lead and attempt to make up some ground in the AL East Standings.
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The Boston Red Sox produced 23 hits collectively in yesterdays slug fest against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The 18-10 win completed the two game sweep, putting the Sox just a half game behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. Victor Martinez led Boston with five hits and four RBI’S in his second game with the Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and scored four runs, as Kevin Youkilis drove in two off three hits to contribute to Boston’s high-powered offense. Both sluggers have been on a roll lately, showing outstanding play on Friday nights game as well. Not only did Ellsbury hit 3-for-5 with a homer, but also robbed Baltimore’s Luke Scott with a leaping catch in deep center field in the 6th. Youkilis belted a two run blast in the 7th to give the Sox the 6-5 lead after Jacoby’s defensive heroics.
Boston looks to continue their streak at Tampa Bay this Tuesday and Wednesday for two games against the Rays before squaring off against the Yankees for a three game series.
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Justin Masterson pitched 5 innings for the Sox, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits as Boston went on to dominate the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 yesterday at Fenway Park. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia led the charge for the offense with 3 and 4 hits, combining for 4 RBI’s. David Ortiz also contributed with two hits including a triple in the bottom of the 6th to drive home 2 runs.
“We swung the bats really well the whole series,” said Pedroia.”It was huge for us. Some guys struggled the first couple of games, but through the course of the year, you find that rhythm. You just have to have good at-bats and continue to see the ball. That’s the big thing.”
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The 2009 Major League Baseball Season is underway! Nearly every team has been in action, and a number of rookies have already made big impacts for their clubs.
Sunday April 5th
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1 – Brian McCann, Jeff Francoeur, and rookie Jordan Schafer all homered to give the Braves the win over the World Series Champs.
Monday April 6th
Tampa Bay/Boston and Kansas City/Chicago were both postponed due to inclement weather.
NY Mets 2, Cincinnati 1 – K-Rod headlined the new and improved Metsbullpen. Sean Green, JJ Putz, and Rodriguez held the Reds scoreless in the last 3 innings.
Texas 9, Cleveland 1 – A slimmed-down Kevin Millwood went 7 strong for the Rangers, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk.
Arizona 9, Colorado 8 -Tony Clark and Felipe Lopez both hit homers from each side of the plate in part of the D’Backs’ offensive assault.
Baltimore 10, NY Yankees 5 – New Yankee CC Sabathia was shelled and held without a strikeout in his NY Debut.
Florida 12, Washington 6 – Rookie Emilio Bonifacio made a splash in his debut with an inside-the-park home run.
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4 – Jack Wilson hit a three-run double in the 9th to give the Bucs the late win.
LA Dodgers 4, San Diego 1 – Hiroki Kuroda pitched a gem to give the Dodgers the win over Jake Peavy.
Chicago Cubs 4, Houston 2 – Zambrano had six strong innings, and new closer Kevin Gregg hung on through a rocky 9th to notch his first save for the club.
Toronto 12, Detroit 5 – Adam Lind had a monster game; a homer and 6 RBI’s made him a fan (and Fantasy) favorite in Toronto.
Seattle 6, Minnesota 1 – Ken Griffey Jr homered in his first game back with the Mariners.
LA Angels 3, Oakland 0 – The Angels’ bullpen (Arredondo, Shields, and newcomer Brian Fuentes) held the A’s hitless after Joe Saunders left in the 7th.
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Red Sox third-baseman Mike Lowell went 1-3 with a single in his first game back since hip surgery. Lowell suffered a torn labrum in his hip-the same injury that Alex Rodriguez recently received surgery to repair. Lowell’s recovery took from October until a running session last week, and Sox manager Terry Francona was impressed with his return. “It’s nice to see him get a hit, because it was a good swing,” Francona said at a post-game press conference. “But it’s nice to see him in the game. We only were planning on giving him two at-bats.” Lowell will be in the lineup again on Friday against the New York Yankees.
Pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in just his second MLB start, but struggled greatly in the 2008 season. On Tuesday, however, the young pitcher dominated the O’s again. Buchholz struck out two in three perfect innings. After a tough first full season, the Sox hope that this is a sign that the pitcher has worked out any mechanical problems he may have had last year.
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox tied the MLB sellout record with their 455th consecutive sold-out game at Fenway Park. However, as the Sox came up to bat in the 7th they found themselves down 4-0. Dustin Pedroia would homer and Jason Bay would be walked in before the inning was over. Bay and Varitek would strike out to end the threat.
The next time the Sox were up, a David Ortiz walk and Dustin Pedroia single were followed up by a monster triple by Mark Kotsay, tying up the score.
An Alex Cora hit and a defensive flub on a Coco Crisp bunt gave the Sox two on with no outs. Jacoby Ellsbury laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by pitcher Jim Miller, and the Red Sox walked off with the win.
The Sox currently sit 3.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East, with the Tampa Bay Rays in action later against the New York Yankees.
Paul Byrd had a bit of trouble keeping the ball in the park on Labor Day. Fortunately, the fly-all pitcher effectively scattered hits and held a very effective Orioles offense to 7 hits and a walk across 7 innings. Despite homers from Adam Jones, Juan Castro, and Kevin Millar, Byrd kept the Sox close until their 6th-inning offensive explosion.
“I think I gave up one of the longest home runs in Fenway history,” joked Byrd. “I don’t know if it bounced off the Citgo sign or not.”
Dustin Pedroia continued his offensive dominance. He was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run, two runs batted in, and a stolen base.
Jason Varitek and International League MVP Jeff Bailey launched back-to-back homers in the second, putting the Sox ahead brielfy. The Sox would gain the lead back again with a 4-run Sixth inning. A Jed Lowrie double, Coco Crisp single, and two-run Dustin Pedroia single would put them ahead for good.
Javier Lopez tossed a perfect 8th inning for his 10th hold, but Jonathan Papelbon’s 9th was a bit rocky. Papelbon gave up two hits, but managed to strike out two to notch his 35th save of the season.
With Tampa Bay off on Monday, the Sox move up to 5 games behind the Rays in the American League East, and three games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Wild Card race.
When Jason Bay was traded to the Boston Red Sox in the three team deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the LA Dodgers, everybody wondered if Bay had what it takes to replace one of the purest hitters in baseball. Three weeks post-trade, its clear that he can and will. Bay blasted two homeruns last night to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 in front of a packed Camden Yards crowd of over 40,000. The win keeps the Red Sox 4.5 games behind the division leading Tampa Bay Rays who also were victorious yesterday evening with a 6-4 win over the LA Angels.
On the night, Bay was 3-5 with the two homers, four RBI’s and scored two runs. Since joining the club, he’s batting .348 (23-66), has three home runs and had driven in 16 runs in 16 games. Ramirez’s numbers in LA do have Bay beat (.424 average, 6 HR’s, 21 RBI’s) but Bay has proven that there is a spot for him in this lineup and so far he’s excelled in his new role.
“That’s part of my job, driving in runs, and you’ve got to have guys on base to do that,” said Bay. “It’s a testament to those guys. (I’m) just trying to be a complement to the puzzle.”
While Bay provided the offensive spark, Jon Lester was able to pitch another gem allowing only one run on four hits through seven innings of work to pick up his 12th win on the season. The win also improves Lester’s career record vs. Baltimore to a perfect 5-0 and since May 25th the lefty boasts an impressive 9-1 mark.
“I don’t think my mind-set has changed any since April,” Lester said. “More consistent, pound the zone. If you can show guys you’re ahead in the zone, they’re going to swing at pitches early in the count that aren’t necessarily good pitches to hit. I was able to do that tonight.”
Lester left the game with a 2-1 lead and Bay’s second homer of the night put the Sox up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th. On in relief, Manny Delcarmen made things interesting with two outs by putting two runners on via walks. Manager Terry Francona summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon to finish off the O’s and although he allowed Delcarmen’s inherited runners to score, he was able to pick up his 33rd save of the season.
Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie was the tough luck loser pitching seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He falls to 10-9 on the year and in his nine loses, the Orioles lineup has only been able to muster up a total of 14 runs for support. Before last nights loss, Guthrie had won his previous four starts while allowing only one run in each of them. He did however surrender a season high five walks which he believed to be the difference in the game.
“Probably the biggest struggle I’ve had all season with my stuff,” Guthrie said. “My fastball command was not there; I walked a lot of guys. It might have been the toughest outing of the season for me as far as laboring. I had to work hard to get through five and get a couple more.”
Aubrey Huff hit his 27th homerun of the season in the fourth inning to score the only run allowed by Lester on the night.
“We’ve been coming back all year long and so were expecting one of those games,” Huff said. “You’re not going to win them all, but obviously that’s one of the better teams in the American League East and the American League for that matter. They’ve got a great bullpen and Lester gave them a great start tonight.”
The Sox will try to make it two in a row tonight with the ball in Dice-K Matsuzaka’s hand. Matsuzaka has provided a much needed lift this season, especially with the inconsistency of ace Josh Beckett. At 14-2 he leads the club in wins, and at this point is a serious contender for the AL Cy Young award. He is currently 6-0 on the road this season and looks to remain unbeaten away from Fenway Park tonight.
The O’s will counter with Daniel Cabrera (8-7, 4.78 ERA) who in the last month has been very inconsistent with each start. You never know what pitcher is going to show up at the park with Cabrera on the mound but the O’s hope it’s the one who was able to put up a win.
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For only the second time in 17 games, the Boston Red Sox lost at Fenway Park in Tuesday night’s game to the Baltimore Orioles 10-6. In a rematch of last weeks pitchers duel between Josh Beckett and Daniel Cabrera that last 13 innings, fans at Fenway saw the exact opposite in what some would even call a slugfest. The two lineups combined for 23 hits and 16 runs in a game that lasted 3 hours and 27 minutes.
Aubrey Huff led the O’s lineup crushing 4 hits on the night including a go-ahead 2 RBI single in the 7th inning off of Hideki Okajima. Coming into the game, Okajima had retired Huff 6 out of the 7 times they’d faced each other, with three strike outs.
“He threw a couple of heaters that I couldn’t get to that were pretty well placed today,” said Huff. “He left me a changeup up a little bit. Other than that, we’ve been patient against him.”
The Sox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but did strand two runners on base and ground into a double-play in the inning, limiting their chances to do any further damage.
Beckett was unable to hold the 1-0 lead for long, surrendering 4 runs in the top of the 2nd inning. He allowed three doubles in the inning while walking and hitting a batter as well. After that frame, he was able to settle down a bit, pitching through the 6th inning not allowing any more runs while retiring 9 of the final 10 batters he faced.
The Sox chipped away at the 4-1 deficit by plating two runs in the 3rd inning. They loaded the bases with no outs but were unable to come up with a big hit. Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis both grounded into fielder’s choices, which allowed for the Boston runs to come home.
In the 5th inning, Dustin Pedroia led off with a walk and J.D. Drew followed him up be blasting his 9th home run of the year over the visitor’s bullpen into the right field bleachers. Manny Ramirez then belted his 15th home run of the year over the Monster for back-to-back shots to put the Sox ahead 6-4. Ramirez has now homered in 4 consecutive games against Baltimore.
Okajima was again unable to shut down the Orioles in the 7th inning. He allowed three runs on two hits and two walks to put the Orioles ahead 7-6. They would add three more runs in the 9th inning off of Craig Hansen to put the game out of reach. One of the runs was unearned at the hands of a Dustin Pedroia error. During an attempted double play, Alex Cora threw a rocket to Pedroia at 2nd and he was unable to come up with the ball securely allowing everyone to be safe.
Cora, playing in place of the struggling Julio Lugo at short stop, had a particularly rough game at the plate. He went 0-3 and grounded into two double plays. The double plays both followed failed attempts to lay down sacrifice bunts.
Tonight, the Red Sox send Bartolo Colon to the hill to pitch against Baltimore’s Garrett Olson. Both starters have above average numbers thus far. Colon’s record stands at 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA and Olson is 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Olson faced Boston on May 31st pitching 5 innings while allowing only 2 runs. He did not factor into the decision in a game the Sox would eventually win 6-3. Colon faced the Orioles on June 1st and earned the win going 6 innings with 5 strike outs in Boston’s 9-4 win.
The final game of the homestand and series on Thursday has been moved from a 7:05pm start to a 6:05pm first pitch because of the NBA Finals.
The hits just keep on coming, and unfortunately for the Boston Red Sox, they aren’t the club getting them. Jay Payton blasted a 2-out grand slam in the 7th inning yesterday, propelling the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 win over the struggling Red Sox. The loss concludes a 10-game road trip in which the Sox went 4-6 on, losing their final 4 games.
Payton had previously been 0-3 on the afternoon with three infield groundouts before delivering the knockout punch to the Sox. Hideki Okajima, who had just entered the game to face Payton, allowed the homerun ball. It was only the second homerun he has allowed all season.
A few bright notes in the game for the Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury had 3 hits on the afternoon. Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell both hit solo homeruns, and Manny Ramirez made an amazing defensive play in left, making an over the shoulder running grab towards the wall, and after catching the ball Ramirez jumped up the wall and reached into the stands to slap a Red Sox fan high-five. He followed it up by spinning around, hurling a dart to the cut-off man to get an outfield assist and double play to end the 5th inning.
The Sox now find themselves in 2nd place in the AL East behind the Tampa Bay Rays. Yes, that is not a typo, the Tampa Bay Rays lead the AL East by half a game on May 15th. This is the latest in a season that the Rays have been over .500 and the first time they have ever led the division in May.
So the big question, what’s wrong with the Sox?
Some will say that it’s a long season and every team has some losing streaks along the way. That right there is the attitude of a loser. The Sox lineup is too strong and their pitching staff too solid to go on 4-game losing streaks, and they’ve already done that two times this season.
Excuses will be made that the lineup hasn’t been completely healthy and the team has faired well considering injuries, sicknesses and leaves of absence by players forcing them to miss games. Only the weak make such excuses. This is Major League Baseball and teams face these issues everyday.
Reporters will begin to slam manager Terry Francona because he’s at the wheel of the ship, guiding the team along the way. That’s why they are reporters and not in uniform coaching. Francona has done nothing but win for Boston. In the 4+ years he’s been head coach the team has compiled a 399-292 record, good for a .577 win percentage during the regular season, not to mention 2 World Series titles. Francona isn’t the problem.
The problem lies within the players. They are the reigning World Series Champions and they’re taking it for granted. Too many hitters are not busting up the line to first base on ground balls, or making the extra effort in the field to back up a play. The fundamentals that got the team their success are slowing washing away and it’s not good.
The Red Sox better be careful or people will begin comparing them to their arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
Well for starters, they are going out and spending ridiculous amounts of money every single year to farm a great team. Sound familiar? The Yankees have baseball’s highest payroll, the Sox are currently 4th.
Besides the ever growing payroll, like the Yankees, the Sox have brought in talented players that play uninspired baseball and show no emotion. The front runner for this category for the Sox has to be J.D. Drew. You can never get a read off this guy when he’s playing because he never shows any signs of life. He could strike out 4 times or hit for the cycle and the look on his face wouldn’t change.
As a whole, the Sox look like they are just going through the motions and someone needs to light a fire under their bench to wake them up. Hopefully heading back to Fenway Park for this 7-game home series will ignite something that sparks a little life into their lineup. They’ve played much better at home then on the road this year, going 14-5 in front of the Fenway faithful.
It’s too early to say that the Sox are in trouble, but it’s also time for a gut check. Like it or not, they have their work cut out for them this summer and nothing is going to come easy. Red Sox Nation believes that it can happen again, now its time for the players to believe too.