Top of the first
Leadoff hitter, Dustin Pedroia hit a slow dribbling single up the middle just out of the dive of Bobby Crosby. Kevin Youkilis hit a fielder’s choice to third base, third to first, Pedroia up to second. On the first pitch, David pops out to third, Pedroia stays at second. In his first at bat of the 2008 season, Manny Ramirez hit a long foul ball to right fielder Travis Buck to record the final out of the inning. At the end of a half, Red Sox 0 Oakland coming to bat, one hit and one left on base for the Red Sox.
Bottom of the First
Mark Ellis first homerun of the 2008 season on a 1-0 count from Daisuke Matsuzaka
Matsuzaka got off to a good start getting right fielder Travis Buck to ground out to Dustin Pedroia at second but then allowed a homerun by second baseman Mark Ellis. Walked Daric Barton and hit Jack Cust in the foot putting runners on first and second. Matsuzaka then threw a wild pitch off the glove of Jason Varitek allowing the runners to move up. Walks the bases loaded by walking Emil Brown. Bobby Crosby hit a chopper up the third base line, Matsuzaka field it and threw out
Top of the second
Reigning World Series MVP, Mike Lowell hits a line drive into the centerfield for a single. Brandon Moss, replacing J.D. Drew in the line up with a lower back injury, gets the start in right field. Moss quickly down in the count to Joe Blanton. Moss hits a chopper to short, Crosby to second for the fielder’s choice to record the out on