Saturday, June 09, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 61 Recap

Press Pass l Box l Recap

Final1 23 45 67 8910
Boston0 0 00 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 10 1
Arizona0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0

W: H. Okajima (2-0, 1.14); L: J. Cruz (2-1, 3.20); SV: J. Papelbon (14)
HR: BOS: J. Varitek (7). ARI: S. Drew (3).

► Hero - Mike Lowell
► Goat - Melvin for not bringing in his closer in the 9th

Game thoughts!

After a disastrous four game series in Oakland the first 10 weeks of the 2007 Red Sox have finally shown up on this road trip. Personally, I blame MLB for this situation, since the Sox should never had to play an 8:00 game on the Sunday before traveling to Oakland to play a Monday night game. Sad to say that it has taken this long for this team to get its act together.

Big night for Varitek as he knocked in the first three runs on a two run home run in the sixth and an rbi double in the eighth that scored Drew from first base. Also a very good night for Julian Tavarez as he went six inning only allowing the three runs.

Papelbon has to get more work. The bottom of the tenth was a struggle, even with his fastball registering 97 mph on the gun. A strike out followed by a hit by pitch on a 1-2 count showed how far off his control was. Thankfully he got another K and a pop up to work out of the jam.

Sox are now 3 and 3 on this road trip. Unfortunately for them they have to face the big unit in the final game of this west coast swing. Johnson has owned the Sox the last two years but more on that in the game sixty two preview.


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