RED SOX FALL TO ATHLETICS 5 - 1 TO MOVE TO 1 – 1
Oakland’s Rich Harden’s nine strike outs help push the Athletics past the Red Sox
It took the Red Sox four innings until they got their first hit off Harden. Up until the fourth inning, Harden had thrown three complete innings without relinquishing a hit to a Sox batter. He walked two batters in that time period but no hit. Third baseman Mike Lowell was the first Sox batter to put the bat on the ball with a single to left. But the Sox could not do anything when Brandon Moss became Harden’s seventh strike out victim and catcher Jason Varitek grounded out to first baseman Daric Barton.
The Red Sox had their best chance to get to Harden in the top of the third when shortstop Julio Lugo walked with one out and first baseman Kevin Youkilis walked after Pedroia flied out to center. But Harden got out of the inning unscathed getting David Ortiz to hit a pop-foul fly down the third baseline that third baseman Jack Hannahan made a terrific catch on.
In his first outing of the year, Jon Lester pitched just four innings before being replaced by right hander David Aardsma. Through four innings, Lester allowed four runs on five hits while striking out four and walking three. Lester found himself in trouble in the third, walking the lead-off man, Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis, a bloop hit by designated hitter Mike Sweeney then followed by a three run homerun by left fielder Emil Brown. Brown’s first homerun of the season put
After relieving Lester in the fifth inning the Red Sox relievers held
The Red Sox return to regular season action on April 1st when they will travel to McAfee Coliseum in
ATHLETICS 5 RED SOX 1
WIN: Rich Harden (1-0)
LOSS: Jon Lester (0-1)
Julio Lugo had the Red Sox first stolen base of the 2008 season in the top of the third inning with one out and Kevin Youkilis at the plate.
Manny Ramirez had the lone
Starting in his first game of the 2008 season, Coco Crisp went 1-3 with a double and two strike outs.
Reliever Bryan Corey rendered the first run from a reliever in the bottom of the eighth on a base hit to center by centerfield Jeff Fiorentino, who came in as a defensive replacement in the seventh, to drive in Suzuki who had doubled.
Top 3 Stars of the Game
- Rich Harden,
--- 6.0IP, 1ER, 3H, 9K, 3BB OAKLAND
- Emil Brown,
--- 1-4 HR, 3 RBIs OAKLAND
- Manny Ramirez,
--- 1-4 HR, RBI – 491st HR of his career BOSTON