Saturday, May 7, 2011

Buchholz, Bullpen Handle Twins To Snap Losing Skid

                                                       Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 4 Twins 0
Winning Pitcher: Clay Buchholz (3-3)
Losing Pitcher: Brian Duensing (2-2)

The Red Sox got big-time production from their starter, Clay Buchholz, and their bullpen en route to a 4-0 shutout win, coming off of three straight losses. The Red Sox offense started early when none other than "The Legend" Jed Lowrie hit an RBI base hit to knock Jacoby Ellsbury home. After the second inning, there was a two hour and seven minute delay, forcing Twins starter Brian Duensing out of the game after just two innings of work. Buchholz, on the other hand, was able to endure the delay and came back out in the third. Off of new pitcher Kevin Slowey, Kevin Youkilis was able to knock in Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-0. Buchholz continued to shut the offense down, and left after five. He ended up not allowing a run in the five innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out six. The bullpen did their job as well, allowing just one hit and no runs in the final four innings of the game. The offense was able to tack on another two insurance runs, and the Red Sox cruised to a 4-0 victory.
News and Notes

  • Jacoby Ellsbury was able to continue his great production in the lead off hole this year, going 2-5 with a run and 2 RBIs. He has now hit in 16 straight games, and is setting up scoring chances for the middle of the lineup. The lead off man also stole his 9th base of 2011. 

  • Dustin Pedroia was able to get on base a couple times Saturday afternoon, going 1-4 with a walk. However, this puts him at 9 for his last 60. His struggles continue, but he was able to steal a bag today to put himself in scoring position. When players are mired in slumps like this, seeing them do the little things like stealing bases are encouraging. 

The Red Sox and Twins will play their rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Fenway. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3 4.33) will be taking the mound against Carl Pavano (2-3 5.84). 

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