Thursday, June 2, 2011

Red Sox Can't Avoid Sweep by White Sox

Sports Illustrated

White Sox 7 Red Sox 4
Winning Pitcher: Gavin Floyd (6-5)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Albers (1-3)
Save: Sergios Santos (9)

The Red Sox were looking to avoid the sweep, and avoid losing their fourth straight, on Wednesday afternoon, but failed to do so, falling to Chicago 7-4. Tim Wakefield made the start for Boston today, and pitched solidly to start the game. In the bottom of the second, against Gavin Floyd, the Red Sox got a double and a single from David Ortiz and Carl Crawford, respectively, to start the inning. Jed Lowrie then hit a ground rule double out to right, scoring Ortiz, and came in to score, along with Crawford, on a Saltalamacchia single, and the Red Sox had an early 3-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Chicago's offense finally got to Wakefield. They managed one run, but it was far from a pretty inning. In the next inning, the White Sox put two more men across the plate, and all of a sudden the game was tied half way through the affair. In the 6th, Brent Lillibridge hit a homer over the Monster, to give Chicago the lead. However, the Red Sox got that run right back when Ortiz led the bottom of the inning off with a solo blast to left. In the top of the 7th, Matt Albers came on in relief, after Wakefield pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Albers allowed a couple of hits, and threw a wild pitch, to put himself in a first and third situation with just one out. Paul Konerko then came to the plate and his single gave the White Sox a lead that would not be relinquished. Chicago would score two more runs in the 9th on a Konerko home run, and go on to win their 7th straight at Fenway.

Home Runs
Boston: David Ortiz (13)
Chicago: Brent Lillibridge (6), Paul Konerko (12)

The Red Sox play again on Friday night at Fenway vs. Oakland at 7:10 PM ET. The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz (4-3 3.41) to the hill against the A's Josh Outman (1-0 2.08).      

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