August 18, 2008

G125: Red Sox 6, Orioles 3

Red Sox - 020 000 022 - 6  9  0
Orioles - 000 100 020 - 3 5 1
Lester (7-4-1-1-5, 103) and Jason Bay (two home runs, one single, two runs, four RBI, one stolen base) led the way.

Jonathan Papelbon came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a double to Aubrey Huff, which scored two of Manny Delcarmen's runners and shrunk the Boston lead to one run, 4-3. The Red Sox got some insurance in the top of the ninth, as Dustin Pedroia singled and scored on Ortiz's second double of the game. Ortiz then scored on a fielder's choice from Bay.

Also: Jason Varitek hit a solo homer and Coco Crisp singled and walked twice.

Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles 6-4, so the Red Sox stay 4.5 GB, while the Yankees drop to 10 GB.

***

Jon Lester (3.25, 138 ERA+) / Jeremy Guthrie (3.18, 137 ERA+)

The Red Sox are 28-35 (.444) away from Fenway Park. In other words, they are the Pirates or the Royals or the Reds when they are on the road.

With Tampa Bay hosting the Angels for three games, followed by a weekend set in Chicago against the White Sox, this would be a good time for Boston to close the widening gap in the AL East. The Rays went 7-3 on their just-completed road trip, bumping their divisional lead over the Red Sox from 3 to 4.5 GA.

Boston will play three games in each of Baltimore, Toronto, and New York. Jason Bay: "Three divisional opponents, three teams that I've heard play us pretty tough. ... You have to win on the road."

Guthrie has allowed only one run in each of his last four starts (IP: 6.1, 9, 7, 7) and no more than two runs in six of his last seven outings (2.06 ERA).

Also: Angels/Rays at 7 PM. The Yankees (9.5 GB) are off today before starting a series in Toronto on Tuesday.

***

J.D. Drew left yesterday's game with tightness in his lower back. ... Tim Wakefield tossed a ball for the second consecutive day, but there's no timetable for his return. ... Jonathan Papelbon is still battling migraines.

418 comments:

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efd said...

goodnight Amy & l-girl

ish said...

Jason Bay characterises the way he's been playing in the American League since the trade: "See ball, hit ball."

I like it!

phil said...

1 out.

redsock said...

Switched to FKR game

L sez two players for the fruit team: Bartlett and Figgins.

phil said...

2 out.

redsock said...

Chone (rhymes with bone) K. 2 gone.

redsock said...

LOTS of empty seats at the trop.

redsock said...

FKR win 6-4.

We stay 4.5.

NYY fall to 10 GB!

phil said...

FKR manages to do what we couldn't (beat LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA). Reason #75 they're legit this year.

redsock said...

Or Reason #76

(their win total)

nixon33 said...

they just wont lose...

efd said...

to paraphrase the Hawk, "me gone!"

I should be back here on Wednesday, have a good night everyone.

s1c said...

Night to all, will see you tomorrow!!!

phil said...

Yeah, miscounted.

redsock said...

phil: thought that might have been what you were going for, but was not sure.

Bryon Harris said...

Sounds like the sox won (Funny I'd rather read these threads then check one of the bigname sports sites). MY dad took the train down and was at the game so I'm glad they were able to hold off the O's.
-Sox Fan in Oregon

redsock said...

Alright -- we'll keep rolling with Dice tomorrow!

phil said...

The MLB.com recap implies that Papelbon was charged with those couple earned runs in the 8th. He wasn't, of course (MDC was).

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