First off, I would i like to extend my gratitude to every loyal Sox fan that decides to frequent or just visit this blog. I plan to write an entry after most games where I talk about the different aspects of Boston’s performance. My opinions will be stated, and feel free to disagree.
I owe the name of the blog to my friend Adam who suggested it. Too bad he is an Indians fan. They are doing so well so far!
Lets get down to business.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher: Brad Penny (0-0)
LA Angels starting pitcher: Joe Saunders (1-0)
Boston Red Sox starting lineup:
J. Ellsbury CF
D. Pedroia 2B
D. Ortiz DH
K. Youkilis 1B
R. Baldelli RF
J. Bay LF
M. Lowell 3B
J. Lowrie SS
J. Varitek C
The Angels starting lineup:
C. Figgins 3B
H. Kendrick 2B
B. Abreu RF
V. Guerrero DH
T. Hunter CF
K. Morales 1B
J. Rivera LF
M. Napoli C
E. Aybar SS
After coming off of a loss to the Angels yesterday (April 10), the Sox managed to comeback and win in game 2 of the 3 game series. Might I say that I did not mind the Sox losing yesterday because it was such an emotional game for the Angels. I realize that the whole Angel’s team and baseball nation are still in shock from Nick Adenhart’s death, and I send out my deepest condolences to all those involved in or affected, physically and emotionally, from Adenhart’s untimely passing.
The Red Sox produced 8 hits in the game, just one more than their opponet. They left 9 on. Baldelli, Bay, and Varitek both had 2 hits each, while Ellsbury and Lowell both had 1 hit each. Bay had 3 RBI, and Lowell had 2 RBI. Bay scored 3 runs, while Baldelli and Lowell each scored 1 run.
As you might see, Jason Bay had a monster game. From his amazing “controversial” catch in the 4th inning (we at Red Sox Nation know it was legit), to his two homeruns in the 7th and 9th innings which brought home a total of 3 runs, he is definitely the MVP of this game. He is now batting .333. Bay wants to stay with the Sox and is obviously a good fit for the team.
Lowell was also a very important player as his homerun in the 5th innning tied up the game and brought a much needed momentum swing to the Sox.
Ellsbury is doing better than at the immediate start of the season, but he made a bad decision in the 1st. He thought the starting Angels pitcher Joe Saunders forget about him after he singled and then stole second. He then attempted to steal 3rd base. I don’t know about you, but if Jacoby Ellsbury was on base I would not forget about him, for then he would steal all the bases in the world. Ellsbury ended up being tagged out by the 3rd baseman after a few seconds of scrambling.
I was kind of sad that Youkilis did not have any hits in the game. I wanted him to keep that monster batting average.
Red Sox starting pitcher Brad Penny had a tough start to the 1st inning. His control and location was not there, and so many balls were thrown and a walk was given. The runner that was walked ended up scoring. Penny got better as the game went on, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings. However, he did allow two homeruns. This can be a cause for concern, but not that much of concern, as we all know that Penny had a terrible ’08 season and practiced little in the Spring. He posted a 4.50 ERA.
I still do not know what to expect of him though.
To me, for some reason, Penny does not seem “legit.” I mean this as in he does not seem to be comfortable in Boston. I don’t know, something about his performance just felt awkward. He could possibly be using his performance in Boston this season as a launching pad for a higher paying contract from any team. Though this probably is not true, I still stand by my previous statement that his performance today just did not feel totally right.
Ramon Ramirez came in relief for the 7th and pitched for 1 and 2 thirds innings. He struck out one and allowed one hit. Ramirez is showing that he is a solid relief pitcher that can bridge the gap between the starter and the famous closer. He is one of the best relievers on the team, so far.
Papelbon appeared on the mound for the last out of the 8th inning. He allowed a homerun from the Angels in the 9th, and proceeded to load the bases. After a 10 pitch battle with Kendrick, Kendrick finally hit a fly ball into the glove of Rocco Baldelli to end the game.
I wasn’t too proud of Papelbon. He did not have much control over his fastball, which was fast as ever, but we all know that means nothing if you can’t place it exactly in the right spot. I don’t know what got over him, possibly it was the homerun, but I was taken aback when he loaded the bases in the 9th inning when the Sox were only up by one run.
The Sox improve their record to 2-3. They are still at the bottom in the AL East, but of course, there is much of the season left ahead of us.
The Red Sox take on the Angels in game 3 of the 3 game series tomorrow at 3:35 in LA.