Friday, June 20, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 75 Recap


Press PassBox Score Play - by - PlayGame Recap

W: J. Masterson (4-1) L: K. Kendrick (6-3) S: J. Papelbon (21)
HR ➢ ➢ Bos: J.D. Drew (13), M. Lowell (11)

☼ Sun - J. D. "ON FIRE!!!" Drew, 4 for 5 and only needed the triple to get the cycle.
☁ Cloud - Inconsistent C. Hansen - 3 batters faced - single, walk, wild pitch and a 2 run scoring single.

Game thoughts!

In a reverse of the first game of this series, except for only scoring 7 instead of 8 runs and except for allowing 4 instead of 2 runs; Ok it was nothing like a reverse of the first game, the Sox scored four runs in the first before there were any outs in the inning. Following a lead off single by Ellsbury and a single by Pedroia, Mr. Hottest batter on the planet (or it seems like that), J.D. Drew smoked a home run to right center field for a 3-0 lead, even better Mr. Mike Lowell then went (for the 9th time this year) to make it 4-0.

This looked like it was going to become a cruise game as Masterson, though struggling with his control only allowed a single run in the first and fifth innings but left with a 7-2 lead. Though not one of his better games, he only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks in his 92 pitches. 6 starts for the young pitcher and in every game he has given the Sox the chance to win the game, which they have done four times. I like this kid, I like him a lot.

Still, the game was well in hand until Hansen entered the game and posted the afore mentioned pitching line. Fortunately, Delcarmen was able to come in and slam the door (though he made the heart race after he walked the first batter he faced) without allowing any more runs. I have to admit though, that I was surprised to not see Okajima in the eighth, but I am not going to argue with Francona when Delcarmen proved the move right by having a 1-2-3 inning.

Factoid - Hansen can be so maddening, he is either very good or very bad as in 7 of his 18 games he has allowed runs.

♊ - Then don't strain your brain trying. Might break something.

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