The visiting Red Sox (75-54) overpowered the Giants (56-70) at AT&T Park for a 12-1 win. Four Boston players had at least two RBI’s apiece in the win and Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew each had a home run.
It was actually Middlebrooks’ homer in the 2nd inning with a man on base that started off the scoring in the contest. His 11th home run was Will’s only hit of the game.
“It was a good offensive day,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We had good production up and down. Will has been swinging the bat well since he’s come back to us.”
The Sox would add on three more runs in the 3rd inning. First, Dustin Pedroia hit a RBI double to left. Then two batters latter, outfielder Jonny Gomes hit in Pedroia and Shane Victorino on a sinking single to left.
Boston would tack on their sixth and final run against Barry Zito (L, 4-9) in the following inning with an RBI double by Shane Victorino. After that, Jean Machi came out of the pen for the Giants to finish off the 4th inning and then pitch the 5th.
Starting in the 6th, the Giants sent in rookie Mike Kickham to pitch the remainder of the game. The Red Sox hitters picked him apart in the 7th scoring five runs. First, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run single. Then Stephen Drew hit his tenth homer of the season, plating three runs for Boston to make it a ten-run game.
The Red Sox would add on another run in the 8th inning. It was an unearned run for Kickham but scored on a throwing error that he committed on a fielder’s choice grounder by pinch hitter Xander Bogaerts.
The only player in the original starting lineup for the Red Sox that didn’t have a hit in this game besides the pitcher was David Ortiz who went 0-3 in the win and went hitless in the series. Big Papi had to leave the game in the bottom of the 5th inning due to tightness in his lower back.
The Giants only run of the game came in the 2nd inning with a solo home run by third baseman Joaquin Arias. It was Arias’ first big fly of the year as he went 2-3 in the loss.
Arias’ one run on the home run was the only offense the Giants could muster against Felix Doubront (W, 9-6). The twenty five year old starter from Venezuela went eight innings allowing just the one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three.
“I spent the last four days working on throwing the ball down in the zone,” Doubront said. “I was able to do that and go with my stuff. I was working fast to get the hitters to swing at my pitch.”
The Giants offense was almost a no show for the entire series with game one being the worst. The Giants were shutout by Jon Lester (W, 11-7) and the Sox in a 7-0 loss. If not for a couple of singles in the 9th, Lester would’ve gotten the complete game shutout.
Meanwhile, Lincecum (L, 6-13) had five earned runs counted against him in his five plus inning start.
Game two was still a low offensive performance for San Francisco but one they were able to win. Fine starts by Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong for their respective teams kept the game close. However, Boston’s pen gave away the game in the bottom of the 9th. With the game tied, Franklin Morales (L, 2-1) would allow the bases to be loaded with two outs and then Brayan Villarreal, coming out of the pen to try to save the game, would walk Marco Scutaro on four pitches to give San Francisco a 3-2 walk off walk win.
The Giants must now try and solve their offensive woes against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates (74-52) in a four-game series. San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (8-8), Madison Bumgarner (11-7), Tim Lincecum (6-13), and Ryan Vogelsong (2-4). Pittsburgh’s probables are Jeff Locke (9-4), Charlie Morton (4-3), Francisco Liriano (14-5), and A.J. Burnett (6-8).
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Written by Daniel Trucios