Found May 07, 2013 on
Boston Red Sox
That wasn't boos in Fenway. That was DREWWWWWWWWW.
Stephen Drew has his best night in a Red Sox uniform and it was capped off with a wall ball double in the 11th to bring in the winning run and end the three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Drew went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI's.
All of this could have been avoided had Joel Hanrahan closed out the game. Instead, he gave up a home run to Brian Dozier and screwed it all up. To make matters worse, he couldn't even finish the inning as he appeared to have tweaked his elbow in the following at-bat and had to come out of the game. The bullpen was already depleted thanks to the Texas sweep and this made things a little more difficult.
Thankfully Clayton Mortensen came through huge, picking up where Hanrahan left off and went 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Tomorrow's starter Ryan Dempster was actually warming up in the bullpen for a bit just in case Mortensen got in any trouble but thankfully it was not needed.
In the beginning of the game, all the talk was about Clay Buchholz. He was being watched rather closely by MLB after Toronto's announcers were crying foul over his shiny arm and came out of the gate stumbling. After getting the leadoff hitter to line out to center, Buchholz gave up three straight hits to the heart of the Twins order, which gave the Twins a 2-0 lead. It could have been worse as he also gave up back-to-back walks in the inning, but was able to get a couple strikeouts to get out before any more damage could happen.
Clay continued that groove through the next couple of innings, racking up the strikeouts until the fourth, where back-to-back doubles from Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks would make it a three run Twin lead. They would also tack on another run in the fifth by way of a sac fly to give Buchholz his worst outing this season: four runs over six innings. He did get nine strikeouts though and his ERA is still a ridiculous 1.60 on the year.
The Sox offense would slowly pick away at the lead, which started with Shane Victorino's first home of the season in the fourth. The Sox would then take on a run in the next three innings to tie it up, with RBI singles from Drew & Mike Napoli and a home run by, you guessed it, Stephen Drew.
Then in the eighth Pedroia, who hasn't homered since last September 11th, had fouled off six of Anthony Swrzak's pitches before hitting one off of the light tower in the Monster. Pedroia had gone 183 at-bats without a home run before that shot. He finished the night 3-for-4. David Ortiz would follow that up with a double to extend his hitting streak to 26 games.
After the Sox first big struggle in Texas, seeing this team grind out a win after getting in an early hole is nice to see. It was also great to see them not implode after Hanrahan crapped all over himself. Speaking of Hanrahan, Gordon Edes tweeted that he has right forearm soreness. Let's see if he goes on the disabled list tomorrow.
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According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, both David Ross and Will Middlebrooks were classified as day-to-day after leaving the Sox’ 6-1 loss to the Twins early Tuesday night. Middlebrooks (right side...
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It was expected that Jose Iglesias would be send down to AAA Pawtucket when Stephen Drew returned to the Red Sox from the DL, but what happened next wasn't expected. Iglesias has not been in the lineup for the last 3 days for an unknown reason, a reason that was released earlier today. Iglesias isnt playing because he has been benched, for disciplinary reasons. Apparently on...
David Ortiz's hitting streak is rolling along even if the Boston Red Sox are not, and manager John Farrell has decided to make some changes.
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Clay Buchholz wasn't at his best on Monday night. But his offense picked him up.
And it was Stephen Drew who delivered the game-winning hit as his walkoff double in the 11th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox might have lost more than a game on Tuesday night after a couple of injuries left the team without Will Middlebrooks and David Ross for the later innings. That said, they still did lose a game in pretty unattractive fashion.
Boston couldn’t solve Twins starter Scott Diamond and only scratched across one run in the ninth inning to avoid a shutout while falling 6-1 to...
Joel Hanrahan's career as Boston Red Sox closer took a turn for the worse last night, as the flamethrower left last night's game against the Minnesota Twins not only having given up the lead on a game tying solo home run to Brian Dozier, but also experiencing tightness in his right forearm. Hanrahan mentioned that he:
...felt a little pull, like my forearm went a little...
The Red Sox were swept in a series for the first time this season by the Texas Rangers, halting the positive momentum the Sox had been building throughout April.
Starter Jon Lester pitched six innings in the loss, and despite his offense giving him a considerable cushion, was unable to stave off the Rangers as they tied things up in the sixth. Lester admitted after the game that...
Setup guy in there somewhere?
Look no further, I have found the Red Sox 'setup' guy.
He might be a bit unrecognizable in this picture, but after he sorts out his off season hair and beard issues, we got our setup guy in Andrew Miller. I think since shaving the beard he has been a tad sharper, is throwing a tad more on the corners, and has a tad more control of his nasty...
12:30 p.m.: Will Middlebrooks has really been struggling, both in the field and at the plate. The Red Sox third baseman will be given the day off on Sunday.
Middlebrooks is 3-for-19 on Boston’s current road trip, which negates the strides he appeared to be making at the plate toward the tail end of the team’s recent homestand. Making matters worse is that Middlebrooks made an...
Joel Hanrahan was placed on the disabled list in Boston yesterday with right forearm tightness. I’ve pointed out in the past that the Hanrahan trade is looking good, simply because of how Hanrahan’s value has plummeted, Mark Melancon has rebounded to a top reliever, and Stolmy Pimentel has gotten off to a great start in Altoona. The fact that the Pirates got four years of Melancon...
After being swept in Texas, the Boston Red Sox return home for a seven-game homestand. Tonight, they'll kick it off with the first of four games against the Minnesota Twins at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESNPlus. If you live in the Twins television market, you can catch...
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