|Final - 7.9.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Kansas City Royals||0||0||0||3||0||4||0||1||0||8||13||1|
|Boston Red Sox||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||6||10||1|
|WP: Luke Hochevar (5 - 3)
SV: Joakim Soria (14)
LP: Justin Masterson (3 - 3)
Royals vs Red Sox recap
Royals vs Red Sox boxscore
All Red Sox Nation wanted was a sweep of the Royals, and we can't even get that?
Sox lose game one thanks to a shoddy bullpen. Brad Penny did just fine (5 IP, 3 ER), but the bullpen is where it all went wrong -- for once. Manny Delcarmen (.2 IP) gave up two runs, Justin Masterson (.1 IP) gave up too as well. Ramon Ramirez worked 1.2 innings, but still gave up three hits, a walk and a run. The only good relief pitcher Thursday was Daniel Bard, who went 1.1 innings and struck out three.
Offensively, Dustin Pedroia continues to break out of his slump. He had three hits tonight including a home run. His batting average is back up at an even .300. David Ortiz as well continues to hit. He hit his 11th home run of the season tonight. Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay and Mark Kotsay all had RBIs as well.
Sox continue the series Friday with Jon Lester on the hill. Brian Bannister will oppose.