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RED SOX HOMER PAST TWINS 5-2; MOVE TO 24-15
Sox pitchers retire last 13 of 14
(May 10, 2008) –No folks you were not seeing your five year old nephew on the mound in the third, when Daisuke Matsuzaka let a change up slip out of his hand on 1-2 pitch to Twins catcher Joe Mauer.
After coming off a start in
Until the top of the ninth, all the Sox runs were on solo shots into the left field grandstand. First baseman Kevin Youkilis got the solo homerun parade started with his eighth round tripper of the season in the top of the second inning for the short-lived 1-0 lead. With that homerun, Youkilis is now tied with
The Twins would score again in the top of the fifth inning starting with a lead off double down the left field line by second baseman Matt Tolbert. Tolbert came around to score on a single into center by first baseman Justin Morneau. But it would be the last time
In the top of the seventh inning, Coco Crisp proved he should be the starting center fielder with a lead off homerun, off Twins starter Glen Perkins, to tie the game at two a piece. Shortstop Jed Lowrie followed Crisp’s lead with his first major league homerun to put the Sox up for good and chase Perkins out of the game. Perkins exited the game after pitching six innings allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out three.
Sox third baseman Mike Lowell would tack on another run the next inning with his third homerun of the season off
Closer Jonathan Papelbon came on in relief of Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima in the bottom of the ninth. Coming off two blown saves Papelbon was facing the bottom of the Twins line up. Red Sox pitchers would combine to retire 12 consecutive hitters before last night’s hero for the Twins, Mike Lamb reached on Jason Varitek’s error on pop fly with two outs in the ninth. But Papelbon ended up striking out pinch hitter, Craig Monroe to end the game.
Tim Wakefield goes to the mound in tomorrow’s Mother’s Day matinee and looks to win his for all the mothers out there. He is coming off his third win of the season where he and Mike Timlin combined to throw a two-hit shut out against the Detroit Tigers. In the win, the Sox knuckleballer unusually used more fastballs and curves than he has done in previous games.
Against the Twins, in his career
WIN: Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-0)
LOSS: Glen Perkins (0-1)
SAVE: Jonathan Papelbon (11)
Coco Crisp’s homerun in the top of the seventh was his first of the year and was back-to-back with Jed Lowrie’s first homerun of his major league career.
Even with Glen Perkins, the left hander, on the mound, Jacoby Ellsbury still gets the start in right field giving J.D. Drew the night off. Also with the night off is Julio Lugo, who is undergoing tests for a concussion he received last night when he collided with second baseman Matt Tolbert last night trying to break up a double play. Jed Lowrie will make the start at shortstop in
This day in Red Sox history: May 10, 1999
It was nine years ago today that shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hit two grand slams in a game against the Seattle Mariners and drove in 10 out of the 12 runs the Sox scored in their 12-8 victory over the Mariners.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Daisuke Matsuzaka,
--- 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 3BB, 7K BOSTON
- Jed Lowrie,
--- 3-4 Double, Homerun, RBI BOSTON
- Justin Morneau,
--- 2-4 2 Singles MINNESOTA