BOS 12, BAL 1: Sox rout O's for series sweep

Slowly but surely, everything is coming together for the Boston Red Sox.

Slowly but surely, everything is coming together for the Boston Red Sox.

Boston’s offense collected 15 hits, Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-6 driving in three runs — all on singles — David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI triple in the sixth and Justin Masterson earned his first win of the season.

The win improves the Red Sox streak to five straight games and puts them above .500 with a 7-6 record.

Masterson picked up his first win over 5 1/3 innings allowing four hits, one run, two walks and three K’s.

Much like the offense of late who outscored Baltimore 30-14 in the series, Boston’s pitching, especially the bullpen, is hot as well.

Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, Javier Lopez and Hunter Jones (first MLB appearance) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief only allowing one hit.

Star of the Game – Top of the Order

Jacoby Ellsbury, Pedroia and Ortiz combined for 9-15 hits Boston had on Marathon Monday/Patriots Day. Ellsbury set the table for the Red Sox going 3-for-6 with three runs and an RBI.

Next Game – 4/21 vs. Minnesota Twins – Scott Baker/Tim Wakefield

Can Wakefield repeat his performance from his last start? Probably not but let’s hope he keeps the momentum going. As far as the Twinkies pitcher is concerned, Baker is 0-1 on the season with a 13.50 ERA in one game started. He only went four innings in the loss to Toronto, 12-2, serving up four homers and five hits.

Categories: David Ortiz Dustin Pedroia Game Recap Hideki Okajima Hunter Jones Jacoby Ellsbury Javier Lopez Justin Masterson Manny Delcarmen Scott Baker

3 Responses to “BOS 12, BAL 1: Sox rout O's for series sweep” Subscribe

  1. Gerry April 20, 2009 at 7:09 PM #

    A couple of other interesting items:
    Deerfoot Ellsbury continued his hitting streak, while stealing another base. Big & Little Papi not only found their bats but re-discovered the Monster.
    While this was going on, Mike Lowell and Tek (as in all washed up with Papi) went 4 for 10, with 3R and 3RBI, including Tek's 3rd HR. This is a heck of a lineup with lots of gas left in the tank.
    Not only was this Masterson's 2009 debut as SP, but Hunter Jones made his MLB debut, and he fit right into this dominant Pen.

  2. Shawn Medeiros April 20, 2009 at 7:57 PM #

    GERRY, I was here for Friday's game and this game. Hunter Jones was pretty effective and I was shocked with the Varitek homer. Man that thing go to the Monster in a hurry.

  3. jvwalt April 21, 2009 at 3:39 AM #

    Sox start out terribly, go 3-6 to start the season. Everyone wonders what's wrong. Then they reel off a four-game sweep, the offense and pitching look strong, Sox back over .500, it's all good.
    What's the biggest factor in the turnaround? The schedule, pure and simple. The Red Sox' opening sequence was about as tough as it could have been: 3 at home against the defending AL champs, followed by the always-tough West Coast road trip. Then they come home and host the Orioles and their terrible pitching staff, and how about that, folks? A sweep.
    My point, if I have one, is that the Sox weren't as bad as they looked in their first nine games, and they aren't as dominant as they seemed to be this past weekend. Long season, marathon-not-sprint, choose your cliche and buckle up.