Wow what a crazy game last night at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox came from behind and scored the final eight runs in the game to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7. J.D. Drew delivered the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning as he once again dominated J.P. Howells. The 8-7 victory now pushes the series to game six which will be played Saturday down in Tampa.

Four runs in the seventh, three in the eighth, and one in the ninth inning is how the Sox came back after being down 7-0. Drew finished the game with three rbi as did David Ortiz. Finally Big Papi got a hit and even though it was only one it was huge as he went deep for a three-run home run. Coco Crisp and Dustin Pedroia both had rbi’s in the rally as well.

Justin Masterson picked up the victory as he tossed the ninth inning. Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs to score on a double after he came into the game in relief of Manny Delcarmen who walked both of the runners on base. Starting Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka only lasted four innings as he gave up five hits and five runs. Dice-K had problems from the get go as he served up three home runs in the first three innings of the game.

If the Sox want to win game six, they are going to need a great pitching performance out of Josh Beckett. Beckett needs to throw the ball better then he did earlier in the series that is for sure. I have the feeling if the Sox can win game six, then the Rays are really going to feel the pressure and they will also fold in game seven. What do you guy think?

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 17th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox got off to the start they wanted to in the ALCS as they took game one down in Tampa by the score of 2-0. The sox got out of jams in the game and limited the Rays to only four hits as they went up 1-0 in the best of seven series.

Dice K was great as he pitched seven innings and only gave up four hits to the Rays. Dice K struck out nine batters but also walked four. The walks were the only reason that the Rays were really threatning to score any runs but then Matsusaka worked out of the jams without allowing any runs to score. K was actually throwing a no hitter until the seventh inning when Carl Crawford broke up the no-no.

Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game by pretty much throwing fastballs and recorded the save. Papelbon struck out two of the three batters that he faced.

There wasn’t much offense for the Red Sox as they faced off against James Shields. They were only able to come up with two runs on seven hits in the game. Jed Lowrie got the scoring started in the fifth inning with a rbi sac fly that scored Jason Bay. Kevin Youkilis then added the second and final run in the seventh inning when he doubled and plated Dustin Pedroia.

It could be another low scoring game on Saturday as the Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound against the Rays and Scott Kazmir. Hopefully the Sox can get to Kazmir early and take the pressure off Beckett but we will have to see.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 11th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox picked up a great win on Wednesday night as they took game one of the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels. Jason Bay got the Sox on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when he hit a two-run home run and then they added two more runs in the ninth inning with rbi singles from Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz. The Sox went onto win the game 4-1.

The Sox are now up 1-0 in the best of five series and are sitting pretty against the Angels. Jon Lester was great as he threw seven innings while only giving up six hits and one run. Lester struck out seven batters and only walked one.

Justin Masterson and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the game by pitching the last two innings of the game and holding of the Angels. Papelbon allowed one hit but struck out three to end the game and pick up the save.

The two teams will now be off on Thursday and then play game two of the series on Friday night. Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the sox in game two.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 2nd, 2008
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What a great game for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night as they opened up a three game series down in Tampa against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox hammered the Rays for a 13-5 win and they are now tied with the Rays for the division lead.

The sox offense got right at things in the the first inning as they scored four runs in the first inning and then knocked out Rays starting pitcher Scott Kazmir after only three innings. David Ortiz had four rbi while Kevin Youkilis finished the game with three rbi. Jason Varitek added two rbi and four others had one rbi each. Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Cash, and Jason Bay all finished with one rbi. In total, the sox hit 6 home runs off the Rays pitchers.

Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for the Red Sox but only pitched five innings. His five innings of action was enough to get the win and improve his record to 17-2 however. Dice-K had given up three hits and one run while striking out seven.

Chris Smith pitched the next two innings and gave up four hits, four runs, and two home runs. Not a good outing for Smith, it was a good thing that the Sox had scored so many runs that the runs Smith gave up really didn’t matter.

The Red Sox will now try to take the division lead on Tuesday night as they face off against the Rays once again.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on September 15th, 2008
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What a come back by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon as they scored five un-answered runs and eventually beat the Baltimore Orioles in ten innings. the Red Sox scored twince in the seventh and eighth innings and then pushed across the winning run in the tenth inning to complete the three game sweep of the O’s.

Dustin Pedroia got things started in the seventh inning with a solo home run that made the score 4-1. Coco Crisp then walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Onto the eighth inning when the Red Sox scored two more runs on a Mark Kotsay triple to tie the game at 4-4. In the top of the tenth inning, the Red Sox started the inning with two singles and then scored the winning run when Jacoby Ellsbury bunted and Orioles pitcher Jim Miller committed an error that allowed Alex Cora to score.

Justin Masterson earned the victory and improved to 5-4 on the season as he pitched the ninth and tenth innings of the game. Dice-K was the Red Sox starter and he gave up four runs over six innings to get the no decision.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his 11th win of the season and improved to 11-1 as he 7 1/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-2.  It was another good win for the Red Sox out in Seattle as they have now taken the first two games of the three game series and will be looking for the sweep on Wednesday.

It was a quality start for Dice-K as he gave up five hits and two runs.  He did walk three batters but struckout six others.  His era now sits 2.63 after the game.

Hideki Okajima recorded the final two outs in the 8th inning after Dice-K left the game.  Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 30th save of the season as he shut the door on the Mariners in the 9th inning.  Great job by Okajima and Papelbon.

J.D. Drew went 2-3 with a solo home run and a rbi sac fly to lead the team with two rbi.  Drew has been on fire as of late and is really swinging the bat very good.  Mike Lowell hit a rbi double while Jed Lowrie added a rbi sac fly.  Both Lowell’s and Lowrie’s rbi’s came in the 5th inning.

I like the Red Sox chances Wednesday afternoon to pick up another win and sweep the Mariners.  What do you think about the game?

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on July 23rd, 2008
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Wow, that was a very dissapointing series for the Boston Red Sox as they were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Red Sox lost 7-6 on Wednesday night for the third loss in a row against the Rays.  The Rays used a huge six run inning in the seventh to take the win away from the Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five innings and pitched very well as he only gave up two hits and one run.  It was the Red Sox bullpen that really struggled.  Manny Delcarmen gave up three hits and four runs while Craig Hansen allowed six hits and there runs.  Delcarmen and Hansen simply didn’t have it tonight and they really hurt the team.

Dustin Pedroia led the Red Sox with two rbi including a solo home run in the first inning.  J.D. Drew, Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis all had one rbi each.

So now the Red Sox were just swept by the Rays and they will start up a four game series against the Yankees on Friday.  The Yankees avoided a sweep by the Rangers with a blow out win on Thursday night so both teams struggled in their last series.  It will be interesting to see how things turn out.

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It was a high scoring game at Fenway Park but the Boston Red Sox came out on top against the Kansas City Royals by the score of 11-8.  Thanks to two grand slams by J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell, the Red Sox put up 11 runs on the board and swept the Royals in their three game series.

Drew and Lowell both finished the game with four rbi each in the game.  Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Julio Lugo all had one rbi in the game as well.

It was a good thing the Red Sox offense score 11 runs because the pitching staff wasn’t that good today as they gave up eight runs to the Royals offense.  Starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched.  Matsuzaka did improve to 8-0 on the season however as he was still able to get the victory.

Relief pitcher Craig Hansen gave up two runs while David Aardsma gave up three more runs in the game.  Aardsma gave up a three run home run in the eighth inning to account for all three of his runs given up.

The Red Sox will now hop on a plane and travel across the country to face the Oakland Athletics.

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The Boston Red Sox clubbed three home runs as they beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Monday night.  Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz all hit home runs in the game as the Red Sox improved their record to 21-13 on the season.

Lowell, Youkilis, and Ortiz all had two RBI each in the game for the Red Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up the win as he pitched five innings.  Matsuzaka only gave up two hits and one run but did walk right batters.  Control issues really hurt Matsuzaka and that is why he only pitched five innings in the game.

Craig Hansen pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs.  Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon finished out the game for the Red Sox.  Papelbon picked up his tenth save of the season.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Boston Red Sox had no problems with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday as they cruised to a 5-0 victory.  Matsuzaka pitched 6.2 innings and only allowed four hits.  It would have been nice to see him cut down on the walks as he did have four of them on the game.

Kevin Youkilis led the Red Sox at the plate 3-3 with two RBI.  Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew also contributed with one RBI each.

I expect the Red Sox to come out again tomrrow and beat the Tigers who are just out of it right now.

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