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Sox Strike Back Behind Hermida and Pedroia, Topple Twins 6-3

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The Red Sox bounced back from a disappointing series opener against the Twins with a 6-3 victory.

 

John Lackey was shaky, but effective enough to get through 2 outs in the 7th inning while allowing only 2 runs. He allowed 11 baserunners, including an uncharacteristically high 4 walks, but managed to pitch around leadoff trouble and avoid damage in all but the third inning, when back-to-back base hits by Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer scored 2 runs.

 

Hideki Okajima recorded the pivotal third out in the 7th inning up 3-2 after intentionally walking Joe Mauer to load the bases. Justin Morneau popped out in front of the mound, where Adrian Beltre made a running basket catch to retire the side.

 

Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia got the Sox off on the right foot, as Dustin doubled in Scutaro after a leadoff single. Scutaro would then drive J.D. Drew in from third in the 2nd, and Pedroia sent another inside fastball deep for his 4th home run of the year.

 

Clinging to a 1-run lead, the Sox loaded the bases in the 8th inning as Youkilis singled, Beltre doubled, and J.D. Drew was intentionally walked. Jeremy Hermida, playing in left for the banged up Jacoby Ellsbury, stepped up to the plate with 2 outs, and smacked the 2-1 pitch into the left field gap for a bases-clearing double.

 

Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon were both shaky in relief, but managed to give up only 1 run in closing out the game.

 

 

 

Game Notes:

 

  • One reason to miss the Metrodome? Rain. No delay, but it got nasty for about an inning. No other reasons though.
  • Lackey's wildness seemed to come and go suddenly. When he was missing the strike zone, he was missing it a lot. When he wasn't, he was on. He seemed to have a lot of trouble finding his location in the rain.
  • Dustin Pedroia's fourth home run last year? July 9th.
  • Jeremy Hermida's honeymoon period continues with the Red Sox. He's recorded a hit in all of his 5 games, and is tied for second on the team in RBIs with 6 despite only having 14 at bats.
  • David Ortiz reached base twice with a double and a walk, but looked really bad in his other at bats. He was also caught stealing, of all things, in the 3rd inning. That has to be a missed hit-and-run, right?
  • Another game, another ridiculous strike zone. This guy had no idea whether he did or did not want to call strikes outside.