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RED SOX DROP SECOND GAME TO THE TIGERS 7-2; FALL TO 4-5
Former Sox shortstop gives
(April 9, 2008) – The Tiger bats finally woke up eight games into the season as starter Jeremy Bonderman gets his first win of the season (1-1) in
The Red Sox got to Bonderman in the second inning pushing two runs across the plate. After Mike Lowell was removed from the game in before the half inning began, pinch hitter Sean Casey led off the inning with a base hit to right field. He would later come around to score when Bonderman walked center fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury with the bases loaded. Shortstop Julio Lugo would, then, drive in right fielder J.D. Drew with a single of his own to right field for the second run of the inning and the game.
Sox lefty Jon Lester ran into some trouble in the top of the fourth inning. After getting right fielder, Magglio Ordonez to ground out to shortstop, Lester allowed back-to-back walks to third baseman Miguel Cabrera and first baseman Carlos Guillen. Renteria would make Lester pay with a two-run double to left evening the score. This is a memo to all Little League pitchers out there: WALKS WILL KILL YAH! A batter later, left fielder Marcus Thames worked Lester by making him throw nine-plus pitches before taking him deep to left for
A double by Renteria in the top of the sixth inning would seal the deal for Lester. Before being relieved by the right-handed David Aardsma, Lester pitched 5.1 innings allowing four Tigers to cross the plate on five hits while walking four batters. He would record zero strike outs. Aardsma would not let the inherited runner score by getting
The Sox gave the impression they were getting something started it was quelled by Tiger pitching. In the bottom half of the sixth, Bonderman gave up single to right to Manny Ramirez and was relieved by the left-hander Bobby Seay. Like his counterpart in the previous half inning, Seay stranded Ramirez at first by getting Casey and catcher Jason Varitek to fly out to center field and striking out Drew to keep the
Tim Wakefield will try to take the series in tomorrow night’s rubber game against
WIN: Jeremy Bonderman (1-1)
LOSS: Jon Lester (1-2)
Casey was a triple and homerun away from hitting for the natural cycle. The last Red Sox player to hit for the cycle was former-shortstop John Valentin 12 years ago on June 6, 1996 against the Chicago White Sox at
Marcus Thames’s fourth inning homerun was the first homerun hit in the
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Tigers nearly completed a triple play when
Julio Lugo was a busy man at shortstop tonight recording seven assists in the field.
The 3 Stars of the Game: