The Red Sox got it done in their two game series of the week with two solid wins against the Orioles. In the process, they’ve now established a nice three game cushion in the AL East so no matter what happens this weekend, the Red Sox will begin the new week in first place.
Pitching reigned in the two wins. On Wednesday, Curt Schilling improved to 3-1 with seven solid innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Alex Cora finished with two hits with a solo homerun in the 6-1 win. Kevin Youkilis went three for four with two runs while David Ortiz went two for three with two walks, two runs and an RBI.
Yesterday, it was Josh Beckett’s turn and he improved to a perfect 5-0. He gave up two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in eight solid frames. Jon Papelbon pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up save number seven while Wily Mo Pena provided most of the offense. He went two for four with a homerun and four RBIs.
Next up is a three game series against the last place Yankees in New York. The Yankees are struggling and with a series win here, the Red Sox can really bury them. Maybe someone should tell the people in the Bronx that it’s not much of a rivalry when one team is in first and the other is in last.
This was pretty ugly. Just days after the Red Sox took care of the Yankees, the Jays roll into town and sweep the Red Sox in a two game series. Neither team featured quality pitching and for that matter, the hitters didn’t get it going either.
Tim Wakefield was pretty mediocre in yesterday’s game. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Mike Timlin was also touched up and Dustin Pedroia went one for two with two RBIs. Mike Lowell had two hits and a run.
Today’s game was even worse as the Red Sox got to Roy Halladay early but couldn’t keep it up. While that was happening, the Jays jumped all over Julian Tavarez. He took the loss and gave up six runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Julio Lugo was the hitting star and he finished with two hits and two runs.
The Jays are still in first place thanks to a Oakland sweep over the Orioles. And next up is a two game set against the second place Orioles and there’s a solid pitching matchup tomorrow as Danny Cabrera takes on Curt Schilling.
Man, it feels good to say that. The Red Sox have a nice little cushion in the AL East and they’ve done it with five straight wins including three straight over the Yankees.
Friday’s game was the scariest. The Red Sox were down 6-2 heading into the eighth inning when they scored five runs off of three pitchers that included Mariano Rivera to make it a 7-6 win. Jason Varitek had a big day at the plate and he went three for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Mike Lowell had two hits and two runs while J.D. Drew singled three times. Kyle Snyder picked up the win and Hideki Okajima of all people picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.
Saturday’s game was a shootout to start but things calmed down and the Red Sox stayed on top with a 7-5 win. Josh Beckett improved to 4-0 despite a pretty mediocre start and the pen did their job with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. David Ortiz hit homerun number six and he drove in four runs and Kevin Youkilis went two for four with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Yesterday, the Red Sox made history by hitting four homeruns in succession in the third inning. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek hit back to back to back to back homeruns and while they gave up the lead later in the game, they made up for it with three runs in the seventh to take the lead for good in the 7-6 win. Dice-K picked up the win despite probably his worst start of the season and Mike Lowell finished with two homeruns and four RBIs to finish up the sweep.
Next up is two against the Blue Jays and Tim Wakefield gets the start tonight. The Sox will have a tough one tomorrow as they’ll have to face Roy Halladay. Regardless, 12-5 is good for the best record in the AL and hopefully the Red Sox can stay there.
Well, the Red Sox stole on today as they took two of three in their series with the Blue Jays. This win makes up for the Dice-K loss though, and had the Red Sox given him a bit of support, we would have been talking sweep here.
In that first game Daisuke Matsuzaka had another very nice start but the Red Sox scored only one run for him. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with ten strikeouts in six innings. Those two runs equated to his second loss of the season a despite three solid starts, he sits at 1-2. The lone run of the game for the Sox came early in the 2-1 loss. Wily Mo Pena hit a solo homerun in the third inning.
Yesterday, Tim Wakefield threw a very good game. He gave up just one run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in seven innings to pick up his second win. Jon Papelbon pitched shutout ninth in which he struck out the side to pick up his third save. Mike Lowell, Doug Mirabelli and David Ortiz all hit solo shots. Mirabelli finished with two hits and two RBIs in the 4-1 win.
This afternoon, the Sox had to contend with Roy Halladay and while he did a good enough job of shutting the Sox down, the pen didn’t and four late runs turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win. Manny Ramirez hit a huge two run shot to tie the game and then an RBI triple by Alex Cora and a sac. fly by Coco Crisp put the Sox comfortably in front. Julian Tavarez had a decent enough start and he gave up three runs on six hits and Mike Timlin picked up the win with a shutout inning of relief.
So at 9-5, the Red Sox sit atop the East but the Yankees roll into town for a big three game series. It’ll be Curt Schilling throwing against Andy Pettitte in the opener in a pretty classic matchup. I like the matchups in all three of the games and with the series at Fenway, I’d expect the Red Sox to walk away with at least two of three.
The Red Sox took over first place with a win over the Angels this afternoon in the Liberty Day game. The capped off an impressive three game sweep that saw the Red Sox outscore a tough Angels team by the score of 25-3. That’s three very good games there and you wonder if it would have been four had the game not been postponed yesterday.
Tim Wakefield threw seven solid innings to pick up the win on Friday. He gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the 10-1 win. David Ortiz drove in three runs and Doug Mirabelli hit his first homerun of the season. Kevin Youkilis had two hits and he also scored two runs.
On Saturday, Curt Schilling shutout out the Angels in front of a national audience. He threw eight innings and he gave up just four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. in the 8-0 win. David Ortiz homered and he drove in four runs while Eric Hinske had two hits, two walks and he scored three times.
Josh Beckett got it done this afternoon. He improved to 3-0 and he gave up just one run in six innings. David Ortiz hit homerun number four and Manny Ramirez drove in two in the 7-2 win.
Next up is three against the Jays. Dice-K throws tomorrow and that’s always fun to watch.
The Red Sox and Mariners got two games in before the rain came and there were some pretty mixed results. In the first game on Tuesday, the Red Sox scored 14 and they got some pretty good pitching from Josh Beckett. J.D. Drew homered and drove in three runs while Jason Varitek had three hits and three RBIs in the 14-3 win. Beckett gave up just a single run on two hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings and he improve to 2-0 on the season.
Then Felix Hernandez made an impact yesterday. He held the Red Sox to a single hit and he upstaged Daisuke Matsuzaka in a 3-0 loss. Dice-K lost his first major league game but it was still an impressive start. He gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. The lone hit was a single by J.D. Drew that just slipped through the infield.
So the Red Sox stand at 4-4 and they’re a game back of the Jays. That should be a half game because the Jays are down 5-2 late to the Tigers. A tough Angels team comes into town though and this should be a very interesting four game series. Tim Wakefield will face John Lackey tomorrow in the opener. Hopefully the rain stays away.
It took a big game from David Ortiz, but the Red Sox snuck out of Texas with one win and they evened their record back up at 3-3. Oddly, that’s good for second place and they’re just a half game back of the Blue Jays.
Tim Wakefield and two relievers held the Ranges to two runs on three hits. Unfortunately, the Red Sox were shut out and had just three hits themselves. Nothing too good to say about this 2-0 loss other then the pitching was very good, it just didn’t matter.
Then on Satursday, the Red Sox scored four but they got doubled up by the Rangers in an 8-4 loss. Julian Tavarez was knocked around for four runs on six hits and five walks in just four innings of work. J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo had two hits and an RBI.
Finally, on Sunday, we got the perfect storm. Curt Schilling threw a good game and David Ortiz hit two homeruns and drove in all three Red Sox runs. Also give some credit to Jon Papelbon. He came into the game with the bases loaded and he got out of the jam to pick up the save.
The Red Sox home opener is tomorrow as the Mariners roll into Fenway Park for a three game series. Josh Beckett is throwing as he’ll get the home opening honors.
The Dice-K era has begun and it’s off to a good start. Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in seven very solid innings. J.C. Romero and Jon Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning each to close it out and just like that, the Red Sox have their first series win.
Julio Lugo, Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedoria all had two hits a piece in the 4-1 win. David Ortiz had a tough time and he struck out four times.
The Red Sox head to Texas next for a three game series. Tim Wakefield makes his season debut in the series opener.
The first win is in the bag as the Red Sox hammered the Royals yesterday 7-1. Kevin Youkliss hit a two run homerun and Mike Lowell drove in two runs. Manny Ramirez had a nice game as well. He went one for two with two walks and two runs.
Josh Beckett put together a very nice outing. He gave up one run on just two hits but he walked four with five strikeouts. Then four relievers combined for four shutout frames to close out the game. Maybe this bullpen isn’t as bad as people think it might be.
The rubber game is this afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his major league debut today in the get away day game. I’m surprised this game isn’t on ESPN or something.
This isn’t the way it’s supposed to happen. The Royals really took it to the Red Sox today and Curt Schilling took the brunt of the damage. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in only four innings of work.
The only Red Sox run came in the first inning when David Ortiz doubled home Kevin Youkilis. Dustin Pedoria and Youkilis each had two hits and the Red Sox picked up only one walk.
Josh Beckett gets the start on Wednesday. It sure would be nice to return the favor and even this series back up.
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