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RED SOX OFFENSE OVER TAKES RAYS 7-3; MOVE TO 18-13
Dustin Pedroia’s three RBIs push Sox back into first place in the AL East
(May 2, 2008) – A two and a half hour rain delay did not delay the bats of the Red Sox or rookie pitcher Clay Buchholz. Following a complete game in his last outing against the Rays, the young gun failed to complete the sixth inning but still earned his second win of the season. In 5.1 innings, Buchholz allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six
The Sox offense on the other hand scored more runs in tonight’s game than they did in their last five games combined and it all started with the number nine hitter Julio Lugo. In the second inning with one-out,
Although the start of the bottom of the fourth seemed to be going
But the Red Sox captain would redeem himself three innings later. After a lead off singled by Moss in the eighth, Varitek drove in the rookie with a double of his own. Unfortunately, David Ortiz grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.
Although his line score says differently, Buchholz’s seventh outing of the season was not as smooth as his sixth but he was able to “minimize the damage.” Three times in the 5.1 innings he pitched, the 23-year-old allowed the lead off hitter to reach base (second, third and sixth). His best inning came in the third when he gave up a base hit to Akinori Iwamura and walked Crawford but struck out the next three Rays batters to end the inning.
Josh Beckett will take the mound in game two of the three game weekend series with
He will be opposed by the right-handed James Shields who has filled the void of Tampa Bay Ace quite nicely with his 3-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 28 strike outs. Against
WIN: Clay Buchholz (2-2)
LOSS: Edwin Jackson (2-3)
B.J. Upton is out of tonight’s line up for the Rays due to a left shoulder strain. The injury occurred in
Brandon Moss makes his third consecutive start in right field for the injured J.D. Drew. Drew is still being bothered by tightness in his left quadriceps. But Jacoby Ellsbury’s groin injury is apparently feeling better or maybe he just saw Coco Crisp playing halfway decent and thought “oh my god I have to get back in the line or I’m going to lose the job.”
The start of the game was delayed two and a half hours because of rain.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Dustin Pedroia,
--- 3-5 Double, 3 RBIs BOSTON
- Brandon Moss,
--- 2-4 Homerun, RBI, Two-runs scored BOSTON
- Carl Crawford,
--- 2-4 Double, RBI TAMPA BAY