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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I hope everyone is still alive after the blow out loss last night. How dissapointing is this to see the team play so terrible at home against the Tampa Bay Rays? If the 13-4 route on Tuesday night wasn’t bad enough, the Rays are now sending their ace Scott Kazmir to the mound in game five as they hope to finish off the Red Sox and advance to the World Series.

Things were bad right from the get go in game four as Tim Wakefield served up two home runs and allowed three runs in the first inning. Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar both went deep off the knuckle baller to put the Rays up 3-0. Wakefield would only last 2 2/3 innings but that was 2 2/3 innings to much as he gave up six hits and five runs including three home runs.

The bullpen wasn’t much better then Wakefield. Justin Masterson was charged with one run while Mike Timlin gave up two. The big blow to the bullpen was Manny Delcarmen who gave up five runs. The Rays just kept moving base runners along and played station to station baseball to score runs off the Red Sox bullpen. It’s too bad because the pitching staff never gave the offense a chance to get back into the game.

Kevin Youkilis led the offense with two rbi as he grounded out to score David Ortiz in the seventh inning and then added a rbi double to score Dustin Pedroia in the eight inning. Earlier in the eighth, Pedroia got on base via a rbi single that plated Jed Lowrie. The first Sox run came in the third inning on a Kevin Cash solo home run. That was the only home run the Sox would get as they just didn’t hit the ball hard against the Rays.

So now it is onto game five of the series. It is a win or go home situration for the Red Sox and they know that of course. They will be facing off against Scott Kazmir while they send Daisuke Matzuzaka. Let’s stay behind this team because we know that they come back and win the series if they start hitting the ball and the pitching staff stops allowing so many early runs and home runs. Stay positive Sox Nation.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on October 15th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox scored two runs in the eighth and ninth innings as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 as the two teams started off a mid week series in Baltimore. It was a good start to the three game series for the Red Sox as they try to keep pace with the league leading Tampa Bay Rays.

Jason Bay connected for two home runs and now has 25 on the season. Bay finished the game with four rbi as he went 3-5. Jason Varitek also hit a solo home run to finish with one rbi while David Ortiz also chipped in with an rbi of his own.

Jon Lester gave up four hits and one run in seven innings of action. Lester got the victory and is now 12-4. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the final inning to earn his 33rd save of the year. Manny Delcarmen had some problems in the eighth inning as he was charged with two runs when Aubrey Huff hit a two run home run off of him.

The Red Sox will try to take game two of the series on Tuesday night.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on August 18th, 2008
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The Boston Red Sox once again used their high powered offense as eight different players had a rbi and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-0. It was a great showing by the three pitchers that pitched as well as all of the batters that had no problems against the Rangers.

Nine runs in the second inning blew the game open for the Sox. Coco Crisp, Alex Cora, J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, and Jed Lowrie all had rbi’s in the second inning. Ortiz had the big shot that was a three run home run. In the eighth inning, Jeff Bailey got in on the action with an rbi of his own as well.

Dice-K threw seven strong innings to pick up the win. He allowed six hits and five runs but worked his way out of jams without allowing any runs. Manny Delcarmen and Mike Timlin both tossed one inning each in the game after Dice-K left the game.

Now the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game weekend series. Let’s all hope for another Red Sox sweep!

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The Boston Red Sox had no problems beating the visting Minnesota Twins on Wednesday as they defeated them by the score of 18-5.  The Red Sox used a seven run 7th inning to really blow the game wide open and finish off the the three game game sweep of Twins.

Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak once again as he had three rbi in the game to go along with three rbi from Manny RamirezKevin Youkilis however led the team with four rbi has had a two run home run in the 9th inning to go along with a rbi double and rbi sac fly.  Mike Lowell, and Sean Casey all had two rbi as well.  Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Varitek, Kevin Cash, and Julio Lugo all had one rbi to help out.  Everybody except Brandon Moss and Jeff Bailey had a rbi in the game.

Josh Beckett earned the win even though he didn’t throw the ball that well.  Beckett only pitched five innings as he gave up eight hits and five runs.  Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel both took Beckett deep to account for three of the five runs that he gave up.  However, Beckett was still able to improve his record to 9-5.

Javier Lopez, Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen, and Mike Timlin all pitched great out of the bullpen as the held the Twins to the five runs that Beckett had allowed.  Great job today out of the bullpen!

The Red Sox are now off on Thursday and will pick things back up Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Post info: By GoSoxGo on July 9th, 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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Once again the Boston Red Sox struggled against the Tampa Bay Rays as they two teams battle it our for first place in the division.  On Tuesday night, the Red Sox were unable to come up with a big hit late in the game when they had chances to score and ended up losing by the score of 3-1.

The Red Sox had a great chance to score some runs in the eighth inning when they had the bases loaded but Mike Lowell grounded out to shortstop and the Sox were unable to score a run.

J.D. Drew had the only rbi for the Red Sox and that came in the fourth inning when he hit a rbi sac fly that scored Jacoby Ellsbury.  Other then that, the Red Sox only had six hits in the game and were unable to score any more runs.  Terrible outing for the offense when the team really needed them to step up.

Tim Wakefield pitched a good game as he threw seven innings and only gave up five hits and two runs.  One of those two runs were earned.  Wakefield walked three and struck out four batters in the game as well.  It was too bad that Wakefield took the loss and fell to 5-6 on the season.  Craig Hansen started the eighth inning for the Sox and was pulled after two runners reached base.  Manny Delcarmen then came in and gave up a rbi single.  The run was charged to Hansen.

So now the Red Sox find them selves down 0-2 in the series to the Rays and 2.5 games out of first place in the division.  I don’t want to say that Wednesday’s game is a must win, but it is pretty high up there if you ask me.

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Tim Wakefield pitched the first seven innings of the game for the Boston Red Sox and he only allowed two hits while the Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks 5-0.  It was a great outing by Wakefield and it was a good thing he pitched so well because the Red Sox offense only scored two runs in the game.

Wakefield improved his season record to 5-5 on the season as he picked up the win.  Wakefield walked one batter while striking out six others.  Manny Delcarmen pitched the eighth inning without giving up a run. Craig Hansen then came in to pitch the ninth inning but gave up two walks and infield single to load up the bases.  He was taken out of the game with two outs and Jonathan Papelbon came in and struck out Chad Tracy for the final out of the game.

Brandon Moss had rbi’s for the Red Sox.  Moss had a rbi ground out in the second inning and then had a rbi sac fly in the sixth inning.  In the eighth inning the Red Sox pushed across three more runs as Kevin Cash hit a three run homer to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-0.  The Red Sox need to get the bats going and get some more production going up and down the lineup as they didn’t do much until the eighth inning home run by Cash.

The off day on Thursday will hopefully help out the Red Sox.  They will then open up a three game series at Houston this weekend.

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J.D. Drew who was booed everytime he came to bad led the Boston Red Sox past the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 7-4.  Drew went 4-5 and fell only a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.  Drew also had four rbi in the game to lead the Red Sox in that category.

Drew and Mike Lowell went back to back when they both hit home runs in the first inning and the Red Sox never looked back from there.  Brandon Moss contributed with two rbi’s in the game as well.  Moss had a two run single in the third inning.

Justin Masterson pitched five innings and allowed four hits and two runs while picking up the win.  Masterson walked two batters, struckout one, while improving his record to 4-1.  It was a quality outing for Masterson and that is all you can ask out of him at this point.

Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless inning before Craig Hansen came in during the seventh inning and gave up two hits and two runs withour recording an out.  Manny Delcarmen ended up pitching the seventh and eighth innings before Jonathan Papelbon came in for the ninth inning.  Papelbon had no problems picking up his 21st save of the season.

With the win, the Red Sox took two out of three games from the Phillies so it was a really good series overall.  Now the Red Sox will be off on Thursday before starting a series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

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The Boston Red Sox hammered the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night by the score of 9-2 and take two out of three games in the series.  It was nice to see the Red Sox come out and not only pitch good but hit good as well.

J.D. Drew stayed hot as he he was one of three Red Sox batters to hit home runs in the game.  Drew went deep for a two run hot in the ninth inning to score the final two runs for the Red Sox.  Kevin Youkilis also had a two run home run that came in the seventh inning when the Red Sox blew the game open.  However, the big home run of the night came off the bat of Mike Lowell who hit a grand slam in the fifth inning.  Lowell’s grand slam made the score 5-1 and the Red Sox lead the rest of the way.

I should also mention that Julio Lugo contributed with one rbi as well.

Jon Lester earned the victory to improve to 5-3.  Lester allowed seven hits and two runs as he pitched a very good game.  Lester has really looked good out there on the mound and on Thursday night there was no question he was going to get the win in the game.

Manny Delcarmen pitched a scoreless eighth inning and then Mike Timlin came in to pitch the ninth inning and finish off the game.  Good job by Delcarmen and Timlin to come in and get the job done even though they had a big lead to work with.

The Red Sox will now travel to Cincinnati where they will take the Reds on this weekend. I would expect atleast two out of three wins against the Reds.  What do you think?

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