May 12, 2012

G33: Red Sox 4, Cleveland 1

Cleveland - 000 001 000 - 1  3  0
Red Sox   - 002 101 00x - 4  8  0
Doubront (6-3-1-2-5, 109) was sharp, Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and the Red Sox won consecutive games for the first time since April 27/28.

Doubront did not allow a runner past first base until Lou Marson doubled to start the sixth; he later scored. Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, and Alfredo Aceves each pitched a perfect inning of relief. Boston pitchers retired the last 11 Cleveland hitters (with only one of those outs leaving the infield).

In the third, Mike Aviles singled and scored on Pedroia's one-out double off the top of the Wall. Ortiz followed with an RBI double of his own, scoring Pedroia.

Daniel Nava (2-for-3) singled to lead off the fourth, took third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's ground-rule double, and scored on Aviles's sac fly to left. Cody Ross blasted a long home run over everything in left in the sixth.

Zach McAllister / Felix Doubront
Sweeney, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Gonzalez, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Nava, LF
Ross, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Aviles, SS
Since 1918, only three players have had at least eight extra-base hits and 11 RBI in their first eight major league games:
Mitchell Page, Oakland, 1977 - 8 XBH, 15 RBI
Alvin Davis, Seattle, 1984 - 9 XBH, 12 RBI
Will Middlebrooks, Boston, 2012 - 8 XBH, 11 RBI
The Red Sox have left 24 runners on base while splitting the first two games of the series.

Is Josh Beckett tipping his pitches? Bobby Valentine says maybe; Bob McClure says no.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch for Pawtucket today. It's his fourth rehab outing since having TJ surgery. His next days to pitch are May 17 and 22 (which is also the last day of his rehab assignment).

Kevin Youkilis (lower back strain) has been playing catch, but has not begun swinging a bat.

The Red Sox signed outfielder Scott Podsednik, 36, from the Phillies. Podsednik, who was hitting .203 for Lehigh Valley (AAA), will play in Pawtucket.


9casey said...

Two wins in a row would be really friggin awesome!!!

allan said...

Last time: April 27/28.

laura k said...

Win it for Joe! (Trying to break Joe Grav's in-person oh-for.)

9casey said...

allan said...
Last time: April 27/28.

Of what year?

Joe Gravellese said...

I forgot how sweet Dirty Water sounds at Fenway! WOO