Sunday, May 18, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 45 Recap


Press PassBox Score Play - by - PlayGame Recap

W: C. Hansen (1-2) L: S. Torres (3-1) S: M. Timlin (1)
HR ➢ Bos: M. Lowell (5) Mil: C. Hart (2)

☼ Sun - Milwaukee's defense in the seventh which placed runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs on zero hits.
☁ Cloud - Boston's middle relief which entered the game with the score 5-1 in the 6th and allowed both inherited runners to score, then allowed three unearned runs to score in the 7th. Aardsma, Hansen and Lopez have got to start getting outs.

Game thoughts!

This game moved along pretty well until the sixth inning with the Sox scoring runs in the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings while Wakefield kept the Brewers in check. Even though Timmy only had one 1-2-3 inning (3 k's in the first) he kept the bats in check. Only Counsell was able to reach third and that was with two outs, so overall he was looking good those innings.

Trouble though struck in the 6th as he allowed Hart's homer with one out and then allowed a Gabe single and hit B. Hall. 5-1 when he left and I thought, the Sox should be able to escape but Aardsma decided he would make the evening interesting.

Double A struck out Rivera on three pitches then hit Counsell to load the bases. The HBP was followed with a single by Weeks, and then he walked Cameron but escaped further damage by getting Braun to foul out to Youkilis over by the camera wells on the first base side. Six innings in the books and the Sox were holding onto a tenuous lead.

Francona brought in Hansen to start the 7th and for once the Sox defense started acting like little leaguers. With Fielder on 1st with one out, Lowell made a throwing error, followed by an error by Cora, which loaded the bases. Rivera knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and then reached second on a wild pitch by Hansen. Counsell then doubled down the right field line scoring both Kapler and Rivera and all the previous good feelings were gone for the night.

In the bottom of the 7th though, the Sox were able to capitalize on errors themselves. First Weeks made an error, which allowed Ellsbury to reach 1st, and then Hall threw the ball into right field on Pedroia's grounder, which allowed Ellsbury to reach 3rd and Pedroia to reach 2nd. An RBI ground out by Papi and a Youkilis's single allowed the Sox to retake the lead and it was up to Lopez and Timlin to hold onto the lead. Thankfully both were able to get through the 8th and 9th without any further runs scoring.

Factoid: After losing three straight games in which the Sox led 3-0, the Sox got out to 4-0 leads in both games of the double header and were able to achieve the victory in both games.

♊ - Morbid and creepifing I can handle as long as we do it quiet like.

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