Red Sox Weekly Recap: Miami Heat and Wrigley 500
June 11 – June 17
The Red Sox began the week with their first visit to the new Marlins Ballpark in Miami.
Game one pitted Josh vs Josh as Beckett faced Johnson. JJ was sharper on the night allowing just one run in his seven innings, while Beckett gave up 4 in the first two. Beckett would go on to pitch 5 solid innings afterwards but the damage was already done. For the Red Sox Scott Podsednik impressed in the leadoff spot going 3 for 4 with a stolen base and scoring the Sox only run on an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly in the top of the 6th. Mark Melancon returned and pitched a scoreless 8th as he attempts to reduce his wretched ERA.
The Clay Buchholz renaissance continued, clocking 9 strikeouts over seven innings and picking up his 7th win of the year. Despite allowing a leadoff hit in the 9th to a struggling Logan Morrison Alfredo Aceves made it to 15 saves on the year.
In game three the Sox bats came alive for a combined 14 hits scoring 10 runs to back Felix Doubront’s winning effort. Ortiz continued to power the offence with his 15th home run. So the Sox took a much needed series win and after the game headed North to Chicago.
The story of this series wasn’t the Red Sox reunion with Theo Epstein (and Terry Francona who was there in his ESPN capacity) but the fact that Cubs game one starter Ryan Demptster had a $500 bet with his outfielder Tony Campana that he would triple in the game before him. The speedster Campana would find himself $500 out of pocket in the bottom of the second as, unbelievably, Dempster tripled on a line drive to right (with a little help from ‘right fielder’ Adrian Gonzalez). Dempster would go on to score and also end the game as the winning pitcher.
Jon Lester would pick up win number four in Saturday’s tilt, pitching well until the 7th where he would give up a 3 run home run to .111 hitting Luis Valbuena to bring the Cubs back to within 1. Aitchison, Padilla and Aceves would shut the door and close out the 4-3 win.
Josh Beckett would be scratched as starter for the Sunday night baseball matchup and would later land on the DL. Franklin Morales filled in and pitched 5 innings of 2 run ball tallying 9 strikeouts. Matt Albers would wind up with a blown save and a win after giving up a tying run in the 6th before the Sox added 3 in the top of the 7th. For those on Mark Melancon ERA watch, he would reduce it to 22.85 getting Darwin Barney to ground out to end the 7th.
A 4-2 record over the road trip landed the Red Sox back at a familiar .500 for the season at 33-33. Starting a 9 game home stand tonight, the Sox will look to get (and stay) above .500 against the Marlins and Braves this week.
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