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Red Sox Avoid Complete Embarrassment on Mother’s Day

Posted By "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek On May 10 2010 @ 10:23 pm In Boston Red Sox | 2 Comments

The Red Sox lost the first two of a three game series this weekend against the New York Yankees. They were outscored 24-6 and were on their way to being swept again. But with a fourth straight stellar outing from Jon Lester and another awful outing at Fenway from A.J. Burnett, the Red Sox pulled out a 9-3 Mother’s Day victory.

Lester continued his hot streak. His last four starts he is 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA and 30 strikeouts. In that time, his ERA has plunged from 8.44 to 3.71. He is settling into his own at the right time. The Sox need someone to step up on the pitching staff, someone they can count on. Right now, it’s Jon Lester. Last night he went 7 innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs and struck out 7. He only walked 2 batters which means he threw strikes and had command of his pitches.

Burnett on the other hand, didn’t enjoy his stay at Fenway once again. Since donning the Yankee uniform, his ERA is 12.68 over his last 22 innings at Fenway, giving up 35 runs and eight home runs. Prior to his Yankee days, Burnett was 5-0 against the Red Sox. Last night, the Sox scored 8 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. He became the first opposing pitcher since 1952 to allow eight earned runs on three different occasions at Fenway.  It is safe to say the Yankee uniform is the ”thorn in his side”.

The Sox rattled Burnett from the start. In the bottom of the second, J.D. Drew led off singling to center. A wild pitch advanced him to second. Jeremy Hermida hit a shot to left field that Marcus Thames couldn’t handle, sending Drew home to make it 1-0.

The bottom of the third Marco Scutaro led off with a walk. Dustin Pedroia doubled to left sending Scutaro to third. Kevin Youkilis walked, loading the bases with one out. Drew hit a sacrifice fly to deep left scoring Scutaro to put the Sox up 2-0.

David Ortiz stepped to the plate abandoning his “pink” bat, during a time when his at-bats are under extreme scrutiny. He lined a bullet to right field one-hopping the fence for a ground rule double. At that moment, “vintage” Papi was back. As I looked around the stands all of Ortiz’ tough critiques were on their feet cheering, as Pedroia scored making it 3-0. Adrian Beltre followed with a 2 run double to go up 5-0. Next batter, Hermida drove in his second run of the night giving the Sox an early 6-0 lead.

Ortiz Watch: Ortiz is not out of the water yet but he has hit safely in his last 4 games (including tonight). In his last 7 games, he is batting .280, with 3 home runs, 4 runs, and 7 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .321 and he is slugging over 1.000. Those are respectable numbers so let’s hope Mr. Clutch is making his comeback. Last night he worked the count well, was seeing the ball better and that should result in better contact. (As I am writing this, the Sox played Toronto. He was 1 for 4 with an RBI.)

Lester threw three innings of no-hit ball. Top of the forth, lead off hitter Nick Swisher crushed one into the monster seats. Two batters later, A-Rod hit his first home run in 62 at-bats making it 6-2.

The bottom of the forth, Youkilis doubled to deep left driving in Pedroia to increase the lead  7-2.

The Sox weren’t done. In the bottom of the fifth, Beltre doubled to left and Hermida homered into the right field bullpen making it 9-2. Hermida had a big night with 3 RBIs. It was also his 15th 2-out RBI of the season. They had 10 hits on the night and 5 of them were doubles.

People have focused on how terrible the Red Sox are this year. But let’s look at some interesting numbers, they really aren’t as bad as people think they are.

2010 Season Totals

Home Runs: 43 4th in league
Doubles: 77 3rd in league (the last 7 games they are leading the league with 23)
Hits: 307 2nd in league (one hit shy of the lead)
Runs: 165 5th in league
RBIs: 160 5th in league

So why are they only playing .500 ball? Easy. The other teams are scoring more. That’s where run differential comes into play. Currently the Red Sox have a -12 run differential. Any thoughts?

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