White Sox Hold On, Beat Red Sox
In a beautiful sunny day on the south side of Chicago, the Red Sox and Whie Sox each sent a young righty with alot of potential to the mound.
The Red Sox sent future ace Clay Buchholz to the hill to square off against Gavin Floyd.
After splitting the first two games of the four game set, the Red Sox jumped out to an early lead with a one out double by Dustin Pedroia, a two out walk from J.D. Drew, a double steal, and then a three run home run from Mike Lowell in the top of the first to tke a 3-0 lead on youngster Gavin Floyd.
Pedroia's double extended his 10 game hitting streak, and also extended his road game hitting streak to 29 games, which ties him with Tris Speaker for the longest all time.
In the bottom of the first, Clay Buchholz got a quick one-two-three inning, showing alot of his fastball.
In the top of the second, the Red Sox once again got men in scoring position with two outs, after a Sean Casey single, an Alex Cora single, a fielder's choice, and a stolen base by Jacoby Ellsbury to put men on second and third with two outs. However, Dustin Pedroia grounded out to end the threat.
Clay Buccholz had a rockie second inning, serving up a home run to Jermaine Dye with a fastball low and inside, before going right after Jim Thome for a strike out. He then walked Paul Konerko and Nick Swisher consecutively, before getting a strike out from Alexei Ramirez and a fly out from Juan Uribe.
The bulk of Buchholz's troubles came because of his lack of fastball command, allowing the White Sox hitters to just sit on his breaking pitches.
Gavin Floyd settled down in the third, setting the Red Sox down in order with two strike outs.
In the third, the White Sox erupted by sitting on Buchholz's breaking balls. After a lead off strike out of Orlando Cabrera, Buchholz surrendered five consecutive hits.
A.J. Pierzynski got a broken bat single to right, and then saw Carlos Quentin hit is league-leading 32nd home run off Buchholz. Jermaine Dye then singled before Jim Thome obliterated a curve ball into the back of the right field seats. Paul Konerko singled, but then Clay Buchholz got a fly out from Nick Swisher and a strike out from Alexei Ramirez to end the inning.
It took Buchholz 71 pitches to get through just three innings.
His counterpart Gavin Floyd figured out what to do with this Boston Lineup. He struck out two more in the top of the fourth, having retired seven straight hitters.
Buchholz was removed after giving up a single to Orlando Cabrera after Juan Uribe reached on Mike Lowell's error in the bottom of the fourth.
Buchholz pitched 3+ innings, allowing 7 hits, 5 earned, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs.
He was replaced by David Aardsma, who saw A.J. Pierzynski drop down a sacrifice bunt on the first pitch, moving Cabrera and Uribe to second and third with one out. Aardsma then hit Carlos Quentin to load the bases with one out for Jermaine Dye.
Dye worked the count to 3-2, but Aardsma blew Dye away with a fastball in on the hands for out number two.
Aardsma was able to strand the bases loaded by inducing a foul out from Jim Thome to Mike Lowell.
In the top of the fifth, Alex Cora reached on Orlando Cabrera's fielding error, and Gavin Floyd hit Jacoby Ellsbury to put two men on with no outs for the top of the order. Dustin Pedroia hit a chopper up the middle, where Alexei Ramirez made a great play to turn a double play while Alex Cora moved to third. Gavin Floyd then got David Ortiz to weakly ground out to first.
In the fifth, Aardsma surrendered a lead off walk to Paul Konerko, then struck out Nick Swisher, but Konerko advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez hit a bloop single to right, advancing Konerko to third with one out.
That would be all for Aardsma, as Francona put Justin Masterson in, and saw Juan Uribe hit a high chopper to third, where Mike Lowell made a bare handed grab and fired home but was not in time to get Konerko, as Alexei Ramirez moved to third with the score 6-3.
Masterson promptly struck out Orlando Cabrera, and then struck out Pierzynski to end the inning.
J.D. Drew gave the Red Sox a quick start with a lead off triple, but Mike Lowell struck out looking at a breaking ball. New comer Jason Bay picked him up, beating a fastball up the middle for a base hit, making it a 6-4 game.
Sean Casey then went opposite field on Gavin Floyd, moving Bay up to third with one out. That would be all for Floyd, as Ozzie Guillen had seen enough and brought in the lefty Matt Thornton.
Thornton struck out Varitek on a wild pitch, but Jason Bay scored on the wild pitch, making it 6-5, with Sean Casey moving up to second base. But Thornton struck out pinch hitter Jed Lowrie to end the threat.
Thornton struggled in the top of the seventh, walking the bases loaded with one out, before Ozzie Guillen took him out for Octavio Dotel, who got the eager Mike Lowell to ground into an inning ending double play.
That would be all for the rest of the game, as Bobby Jenks was able to get the save in the top of the ninth, retiring the side in order.
The final: 6-5.
The series concludes Monday night, as Josh Beckett will battle against John Danks.
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