Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 126 Recap


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W: J. Lester (2-0) L: A. Sonnanstine (2-9) S: J. Papelbon (30)
HR ➢ TBA: C. Pena (28), A. Iwamura (4)

☼ Sun - Ortiz - Triple and single with 2 runs scored. His 1st inning triple started the team off right.

☁ Cloud - Sonnanstine - one week after muzzling the Sox bats he was hit hard for seven earned runs in five innings.

Game thoughts!

This game got off on the right foot thanks to David Ortiz. Following a one out double by Youkilis, Ortiz hit a triple to left center that made the score one zip. A sacrifice fly by Manny plated David and the Sox were ahead at the end of the top of the 1st. Unfortunately, Jon "Houdini" Lester gave the lead right back in the bottom half after walking B. J. Upton with two outs he gave up a home run to Carlos Pena on the first pitch of his at bat. Houdini then shut down the Rays allowing only one baserunner in the third (a walk), until the fifth inning.

The Red Sox Offense though scored big in the fourth when Ortiz started off the inning with an infield single to the vacant third base bag (thank you shift). After a Manny strike out, a Hit by Pitch to Lowell and a single by J. D. Drew the bases were loaded and the Captain came up to bat. A bloop single over the outstretched glove of the shortstop and the flood gates opened. Crisp followed with a double down the right field line and Lugo finished the scoring by doubling to center. Seven to two and the Sox had a lead that they would never give up.

Good thing too, because in the bottom of the fifth Lester gave up another Home Run after a fly out, single, walk and a fielders choice brought Iwamura to the plate with two runners on. Making it a two run game, but Lester escaped further damage by getting Upton to K after a Crawford single. The bull pens then came in to the game and both pens did a very good job finishing this game.

Lugo watch - 2 for 4 - up to .242

Coco watch - 1 for 4 - down to .273

Drew watch - 1 for 4 - down to .262

♊ - all else fails get a bigger hammer.

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