01 June 2009
Tim Wakefield usually thrives when pitching indoors, but the Jays finally got to Wake in the 5th inning on Friday tagging him for five runs in the inning, six overall. Daniel Bard was stellar, fanning five in 2 1/3 innings of relief, but the Sox onlt put three runs on the board and eventually took the 6-3 loss.
Ellsbury, Bay and Lugo all had two hit games and JD Drew hit his seventh homer of the season... Ortiz was the only player not to record a hit, going 0-4 in the game.
Brad Penny hasn't let the recent trade rumors get to him and Saturday's start was no exception. Despite allowing 10 hits through six innings, Penny didn't issue any free passes and held the Jays to three runs (two earned). Unfortuately, Ramon Ramirez finally had a bad game and coughed up two runs in the seventh - breaking a 3-3 tie.
The Sox offense struggled again after scoring trhee quick ones in the first two innings and the solid start from Penny was wasted. The Red Sox managed just 4 hits the ith 5-3 loss and two of those came from Mike Lowell. The only other bright spot in this game was Baldelli's hiomer run, but he ended up leaving the game wit ha bruised knee after sliding into a wall.
Finally... some good news. Jon Lester had his best start of the 2009 season yesterday fanning 12 in six innings of work. Perhaps sparked by Lester's dominance, the offense woke up and smacked four ding dongs in this one... two from Youk and one from Pedroia and Bay.
Francona mixed things up with a lefty on the mound and put Ellsbury in the 8th spot and Pedroia in the leadoff spot. With Ellsbury just coming off of a 23-game hitting streak, Tito said this wasn't a punishment ofr a permanent shift... he was simly trying to spark the offense.
It worked. Youkilis, Bay and Lowell slid up in to the 3-4-5 and combined for six hits and four RBI and the Sox won 8-2.
Bottom Line: The Red Sox are 3-4 on this road trip and will finsih up with a three-game set in Detroit starting Tuesday. They remain a 1/2 game out of first in the East behind the Yankees... who come to Boston next week.