RED SOX SQUEAK PAST ATHLETICS 6 - 5 IN 10 TO MOVE TO 1 - 0
Rookie Brandon "Randy" Moss, not Jacoby Ellsbury, propels Red Sox to Extra Innings Win
Moss’s homerun gave Manny Ramirez the opportunity to put the Red Sox on top for the second time in the game. Ramirez took a 1-2 pitch from
Ramirez’s extra innings base clearing double, paved the way for closer Jonathan Papelbon to make his 2008 season debut in the bottom of tenth. Papelbon’s first outing was not without anxiety. After walking Oakland first baseman Daric Barton to leadoff the tenth, Papelbon struck out designated hitter Jack Cust but allowed an RBI double to right center by left fielder Emil Brown to score Barton. Brown was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple for the second out. Crosby and Hannahan followed with two base hits of their own but Papelbon had none of it and got catcher Kurt Suzuki ground out to Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.
Earlier in the game the second basemen had the first hits of the season with Dustin Pedroia leading off the game with a single up the middle off of Joe Blanton; while
Pitching on his home turf to start the season, Matsuzaka got off to a shaky started walking four batters in the first two innings including walking the bases loaded twice. But he was able to get out of it both times with Crosby grounding back to Matsuzaka and striking out Hannahan in the bottom of the first and Cust in the second. The Red Sox right hander settled down in the third, to pitch five innings with six strike outs while walking just five and allowing two hits and two earned runs but he would not get the decision.
As soon as Matsuzaka settled down after a tumultuous first two innings, it allowed the Red Sox offense to go to work in the top of the sixth inning. Pedroia led off the inning with a double to deep right field, which
The Red Sox next play tomorrow against the Oakland Athletics at 6:05am at the Tokyo Dome where they try to make it 2-0 against the Athletics with Sox lefty Jon Lester facing A’s right hander Rich Harden.
J.D. Drew was scratched before the game with tightness in his lower back so the young Moss got the Opening Day Start in right field for the defending champion Boston Red Sox.
Jacoby Ellsbury got the start in centerfield over incumbent Coco Crisp only to go 1-for-3, with a single to left field in the seventh and striking out looking in his first at-bat of the season. Crisp has still be hampered by the nagging groin injury which is one of the mitigating factors why Ellsbury started the day in centerfield. There is the possibility of Crisp starting tomorrow’s game against
RED SOX 6 ATHLETICS 5
WIN: Hideki Okajima (1-0)
SAVE: Jonathan Papelbon (1)
Three Stars of the Game:
- Manny Ramirez,
2-5 4 RBIs BOSTON
- Brandon Moss,
2-5 HR BOSTON
- Jack Hannahan,
2-4 2 RBIs OAKLAND