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RED SOX TOP TIGERS 5-3; MOVE TO 21-13
Mike Lowell’s keeps Sox four game streak alive with a 3-for-5 night
(May 5, 2008) – It is tough to imagine a team called the Tigers would be this bad in 2008. Not after the World’s number one golfer is Tiger Woods, who won the first three PGA tournaments of 2008 season. But because of
Matsuzaka was not particularly sharp this evening, walking eight Tiger batters in just five innings while striking out just one opposing batter. Walks were the only problem the Sox starter, who had not allowed a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning but was already well above 65 pitches by that point. It was awfully difficult to watch Matsuzaka have trouble finding the strike zone while he was in the game but he was still able to weasel his way out of jams.
Since coming off the disabled list on the May 1, the Sox third base man had been just 4-for-17 but tonight was the night that Mike Lowell produced offensively.
In the top of the fourth inning
The Tigers would rally in the bottom of the inning against the young Craig Hansen, two innings after Matsuzaka was forced out of the game after throwing 109 pitches, 60 for strikes. Hansen would allow a base hit to second baseman Placido Polanco to lead off the inning then mishandle a dribbler out in front of the plate off the bat of Carlos Guillen. The Sox young right hander out of St. John’s University looked as if he would get out of the jam by getting right fielder Magglio Ordonez to ground into double play, but Hansen would go on to walk Cabrera and Sheffield before being relieved by Hideki Okajima. The left hander would gave up a bases loaded single to pinch-hitter Marcus Thames to close the lead to two runs.
Tim Wakefield will make the start in game two of the four game series with
Robertson is 1-3 on the season with a 6.82 ERA with 27 strike outs. The Tigers right hander is coming of a win against the Yankees in
WIN: Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-0)
LOSS: Jeremy Bonderman (2-3)
SAVE: Jonathan Papelbon (10)
The Tigers designated outfielder Jacque Jones for assignment. Jones was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Tigers with hopes that he would provide offense at the plate. But instead of starting the 2008 season off on the right foot, the former Minnesota Twin was hitting at a .165 clip with a .244 on base percentage and a .253 slugging percentage.
Craig Hansen was re-called from triple A Pawtucket to fill the void that Brandon Moss left when he was placed on the DL earlier today.
Mike Lowell is just a triple away from the cycle and what a good place to get the opportunity than at the spacious
Red Sox are currently 20-15 in
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Mike Lowell,
3-5 Homerun, Double, 2 RBIs BOSTON
- David Ortiz,
2-4 Homerun, 2 RBIs BOSTON
- Kevin Youkilis,
1-4 Homerun, 2 RBIs BOSTON