April 14, 2012

G8: Red Sox 13, Rays 5

Rays    - 401 000 000 -  5  6  0
Red Sox - 021 020 35x - 13 15  0
The Red Sox clubbed five home runs - Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Aviles, and Cody Ross - and the pitching trio of Buchholz, Franklin Morales, and Alfredo Aceves limited the Rays to only two singles after the third inning.

David Ortiz led the offense by going 4-for-5, with 5 RBI; Ross drove in four runs, Aviles had three hits in the leadoff spot, and Kevin Youkilis singled, walked twice, and scored three times. For the second day in a row, the Boston bats exploded late in the game, turning what had been a 5-5 tie into another laugher.

Buchholz got off to a rough start, walking two batters in the first inning and surrendering a three-run homer to Luke Scott (who also doubled home a run in the third). But Buchholz settled down, retiring 13 of his last 15 batters on only 45 pitches. Morales and Aceves pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively.

Lin made his major league debut in the top of the ninth, taking over for Ross in center, and watching as Aceves retired the Rays on a fly to right and two strikeouts.
Jeremy Hellickson / Clay Buchholz

Che-Hsuan Lin will be with the Red Sox for today's game. ... Gordon Edes looks at the time missed by various other players with dislocated shoulders and figures Jacoby Ellsbury will be out a minimum of six weeks.

Hellickson dominated the Yankees (8.2-3-0-4-4, 118) in his first start of the year, while Buchholz had a rough time against the Tigers (4-8-7-2-2, 78) last Sunday.

The Rays, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Yankees are in a four-way tie for first place - all at 4-3 - with the Red Sox (2-5) two games back.


SoSock said...

NOT a happy camper right now! :(

allan said...

Maybe Mike Aviles leading off will cheer you up!

Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, CF
Sweeney, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
McDonald, LF

Jere said...

9casey--if you're out there: I snapped a bunch of pics of the "Pedro Martinez" bricks section at Fenway yesterday. Let me know and I can send 'em your way.

Also, I have a theory. Is it possible that Americans love football so much that when they see baseball records like "1-5," they think about it the same way they do a 16-game football season? Because the weird thing is, if baseball were a 16-game season, all their ridiculous reactions to a half-dozen games would actually be normal.

9casey said...

Thanks Jere.

9casey said...

LBJ cant catch a break , after that amazing season, this..

This could cost him alot of cash..

Jere said...

Yanks down 7-1 in 7th

laura k said...

What an excellent baseball day! (Except for LBJ.)

9casey said...

So we are going to need another outfielder....

Anyone know the whereabouts J.D. Drew??