Thursday, May 26, 2011

Red Sox Bats Stay Alive en Route to Blowout

                                                                       Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 14 Tigers 1 F/8
Winning Pitcher: Alfredo Aceves (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Max Scherzer (6-2)

The Red Sox offense continued its red-hot May, scoring 14 runs for the second consecutive game. Alfredo Aceves took the mound in another spot start for Boston today, and once again pitched very solidly. After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Sox jumped all over Tigers' starter Max Scherzer in the second. After back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, recent call up Drew Sutton hit an RBI double, which was followed up by an RBI single from an even-more-recent-call up Josh Reddick, and Boston had a 2-0 lead. After a Jason Varitek strikeout, Jacoby Ellsbury came up with a three run shot, and the Red Sox finished the inning with a 5-0 advantage. In the next inning, Carl Crawford hit a 2-run triple, and that was all she wrote for Scherzer. Detroit's pitcher lasted just 2+ innings, and gave up seven runs in that span. In the bottom of the fourth, Alfredo Aceves gave up one run, but that would be the only blemish on this Thursday afternoon for the Red Sox spot starter. After scoring a couple more runs after the third, including one on yet another triple from the red-hot Crawford, Aceves was taken out after six innings, allowing just the one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out six Tigers batters. Matt Albers pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and the Red Sox came back with a big 8th. They scored five more runs in the inning, and the game went into a rain delay following the outburst. After 55 minutes, the game was called, and the Red Sox continued their winning ways.

Home Runs
Boston: Jacoby Ellsbury (5)
Detroit: None

The Red Sox and Tigers continue their series tomorrow night in Detroit at 7:05 PM ET. Boston sends Tim Wakefield (1-1 4.50) to the bump against Detroit's Rick Porcello (4-2 3.08). 

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