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RED SOX FALL TO CARDINALS 5-4; MOVE TO 46-30
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The Sox got on the board early in the bottom of the second when Manny Ramirez – who was the night’s designated hitter – led off the inning with a walk. Third baseman Mike Lowell would reach on starting shortstop Cesar Izturis’s fielding error, thus sending Ramirez onto second. After Kevin Youkilis struck out on a low fastball by Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, center fielder Coco Crisp lined a single into left for the first hit against the
Sox starter Tim Wakefield was cruising along before he ran into last minute addition to the
Two innings later the red birds jumped out to their first lead of the game on
The seventh inning would be
After the Cardinals tacked on an additional run in the eighth, the Sox were down to their last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth against closer Ryan Franklin. In
It is the Sox on Fox tomorrow afternoon and begins with Daisuke Matsuzaka making his first start after missing the last 24 games with a mild strain of the right rotator cuff. Matsuzaka’s last start came against the Seattle Mariners on May 27 where he was pulled after four innings of work allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits while striking out two. Many thought he was taken out of the game with a left oblique injury since he reached for his left side after recording the final out of the fourth inning at first base but it was reported he suffered from a shoulder injury after the game.
The Sox right hander who is vying for his ninth win of the season and still undefeated with a 2.53 ERA, will be opposed by the Cardinals 24-year-old rookie, Mitchell Boggs. Making just his third start of his major league career, Boggs is 1-0 with a 5.56 ERA, three strike outs, five walks and a 1.59 WHIP. He made his major league debut on Friday June 6 coming out of the Cardinals bullpen to pitch two innings in
Boggs is coming off a no-decision against the Philadelphia Phillies where he went only 4.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. But the Cardinals would squeak out the 7-6 win.
WIN: Kyle Lohse (9-2)
LOSS: Tim Wakefield (4-5)
SAVE: Ryan Franklin (10)
The start of the game was delayed one hour 10 minutes due to rain.
Former pitcher now turned outfielder, Rick Ankiel got the first hit against the Tim Wakefield when he lined a base hit into left to lead off the second inning for the Cardinals.
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Jason LaRue,
St.LOUIS -------- 2-4 Homerun, Single, RBI
- Skip Schumaker St. LOUIS ----- 1-4 Homerun 2 RBIs
- Julio Lugo,
------------ 1-2 Homerun, 2 RBIs BOSTON