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RED SOX SWEEP BREWERS 11-7; MOVE TO 27-19
David Ortiz’s two homeruns power Sox to their first sweep of
(May 18, 2008) – In today’s series finale against the Brewers, under overcast skies at Fenway, the Red Sox had the opportunity to do something they have not done in 17 years. Luckily they had their ace Josh Beckett on the hill to change the Sox history books.
The Beckett, fans saw in 2006 returned against the Brewers this afternoon giving up four long balls in his fifth win of the season. Although Beckett allowed six runs on six hits, he did return to his 2007 Cy Young contending season by striking out nine Milwaukee batters placing him in two off the AL lead for strike outs with 56. But the Sox offense and the Brewers impatience saved him from his fourth loss of the season and gave the Sox their first sweep of the Brewers at the old ballpark since May 20-22, 1991.
David Ortiz was the hero in today’s game. He took it upon himself to make sure the Red Sox would sweep the Brewers into the
Two innings later, after Pedroia hit a solo-homerun that just barely cleared the wall in left center, the big, bulky Ortiz was not going to be shown-up by the runt of the Sox litter. He wanted to get in on the homerun action as well and lined his ninth dinger of the season around Pesky’s pole and into the seats in right to give the Sox the 3-2 advantage.
But the Brewers would not go quietly. In the top of the fourth shortstop J.J. Hardy took a two-out Beckett curveball and lined it for a two-run homerun over the Monster after right fielder Corey Hart extended the inning with a base hit up the middle. It would be the last lead
Mike Lowell would reach on Brewers third baseman, Bill Hall’s fielding error to lead off the fourth inning rally. In reminiscence towards last night’s game, Hall’s error would come back to haunt
Ortiz would add to his offensive power surge in the bottom of the fifth with his tenth homerun on the season, driving in Pedroia who led of the inning with a double off the wall. Although, the Brewers never quite reached the Sox lead, they kept clawing their way back with back-to-back homeruns by Braun and Prince Fielder. It was Braun’s second homerun of the game and 13th on the season.
Youkilis would put the icing on the cake in the bottom of the seventh with his ninth homerun of the season and his 32nd and 33rd RBIs of the year – driving in Lowell, who singled to right to lead off the inning. The Brewers would get an additional run in the top of the eighth on a ground ball to second base by Braun to drive in second baseman Rickie Weeks. It was Braun’s fourth RBI of the game but
The Sox will return to action tomorrow night when they face the Kansas City Royals at
WIN: Josh Beckett (5-3)
LOSS: Carlos Villanueva (2-5)
Justin Masterson will be called up to make the start on Tuesday against Kansas City Royals right hander Gil Meche.
Bartolo Colon will also make his first start of the 2008 season on Wednesday against Brett Tomko.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- David Ortiz,
--- 3-5; 2 Homeruns, 4 RBIs BOSTON
- Josh Beckett,
--- 7IP, 6H, 6R, 1BB, 9K BOSTON
- Ryan Braun,
--- 2-4; 2 Homeruns, 4 RBIs MILWAUKEE