The one game in this series that was most likely to provide offensive fireworks has not disappointed so far. The problem for the Red Sox is that they've been largely one-sided, with the Detroit Tigers taking an early 5-0 lead in their quest to knot the series at 2-2.
While it's the Tigers that have done all the scoring, it's not been business-as-usual for the Red Sox, either. Case in point: a first-inning hit off the bat of Dustin Pedroia. And a second-inning double from Mike Napoli that actually gave the Red Sox a really good chance to score the first run of the game when Jarrod Saltalamacchia took the plate with one out and Napoli on third. It was not to be, though--a complete failure in situational hitting left Salty with a pop-up, the Red Sox with two outs, and the onus on Stephen Drew, who took a high strike three to end the frame.
Then, in the bottom of the inning, Jake Peavy became the first Boston pitcher to really, truly collapse thus far in the postseason. After allowing a leadoff single to Victor Martinez, Peavy gave up back-to-back walks to load the bases with zero outs, was saved from immediate damage when Jacoby Ellsbury came way in to grab a pop fly that seemed destined for no man's land, but ultimately coughed up the first run of the game with his third free pass of the frame, on all of four pitches to Austin Jackson.
The inning might have ended in the next at bat. Peavy induced a ground ball to second, but Dustin Pedroia booted what should have been a double play ball, leaving the Red Sox with just one out. A second run came home on that play, two more on a Torii Hunter double, and then a fifth on Miguel Cabrera's single before the carnage finally ended.
The Red Sox had a chance to recoup some of their runs in a hurry, putting two men on with two out for David Ortiz in the top of the third, but a ground ball into the shift ended any dreams of another big homer. There's six innings to go, but tons of work to do if the Red Sox want to even come close to a 3-1 series lead.
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