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RED SOX TAKE GAME 2 AGAINST BREWERS 7-6; MOVE TO 26-19
(May 17, 2008) – Tonight was not a game youth baseball coaches will be showing their youngsters when they resume practice this week. The Brewers and the Red Sox, combined, committed seven errors in the field during the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. Due to the numerous miscues half of
Tim Wakefield cruised through the Brewers order for the first five innings before he ran into trouble in the top of the sixth. With one out in the inning,
But David Aardsma, who relieved
Next inning, Hansen came on in relief of Aardsma and gave up a single to left to first baseman Prince Fielder. Hansen struck out Hart for the first out of the inning before allowing Kapler and Hall to reach on back-to-back errors by Mike Lowell at third and Alex Cora at shortstop, respectively, to load the bases. This is not a good predicament for the 2005 Red Sox Draft pick to be in.
During the 2005 season, many amateur prospects – within the Sox organization and outside – said Hansen was the player in the draft who was the most Major League ready and could pitch that year. Well it has been three years since Hansen was drafted and so far he has spent the majority of his time in the minor leagues. He has not done what the Sox as well as other amateur scouts projected he was able to do: become a strike out, power pitcher.
Hansen failed to become that pitcher once again. Brewers catcher Mike Rivera grounded into a fielder’s choice to force out Hall at second, but Fielder snuck in through the back door for
Earlier on in the game,
The Sox return to action tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm where Josh Beckett will toe the rubber in his eighth start of the season against Brewers right hander Carlos Villanueva. In search of just his fifth win of the season, Beckett will try to give the Red Sox their first series sweep of the Brewers at Fenway since May 20-22, 1991. Not much of a better, but there is something there that told me the Sox will complete the sweep of the
Sorry Dr. Upton but although Josh Beckett has been struggling to start the 2008 season, he still is one of the best pitchers – if not the best – in major league baseball. His record (4-3) and ERA (4.21) are not showing it this year but he is still just 11 off the American League (Javier Vazquez)lead in strike outs and 16 off the Major League lead (Tim Lincecum). Beckett is going to come out victorious tomorrow against Villanueva who is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA 28 strike outs, 13 walks and a 1.60 WHIP.
WIN: Craig Hansen (1-2)
LOSS: Solomon Torres (3-1)
SAVE: Mike Timlin (1)
Last time these teams met: June 6-8, 2003 at
Red Sox-Brewers history:
When the Milwaukee Brewers were part of the American League, the Red Sox and Brewers played 394 games with
Manny Ramirez and Julio Lugo get the start of game two off while Kevin Cash is behind the plate catching Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball. Coco Crisp is in center field while Jacoby Ellsbury replaces Ramirez in left.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Mike Lowell,
--- 2-4; Double, Homerun, 4 RBIs BOSTON
- Kevin Youkilis,
--- 2-4; Double, RBI BOSTON
- Rickie Weeks,
--- 2-5; 2 Singles, 2 RBIs MILWAUKEE