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The 2012 version of the Red Sox can be labeled many things, but enjoyable isn't one of them. With that in mind, Jen Royle presents her top ten ways to take your mind off them.
The Red Sox fell to the Angels 14-13 in ten innings Thursday night, perhaps finding a new low point to their already tragic season.
Boston would seemingly blow the game open in the second inning against C.J. Wilson. After grabbing a run in the first on back-to-back hits from Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, the Sox exploded for five in the next frame.
A Mauro Gomez double down the left field line got things started, with Scott Podsednik knocking him in shortly thereafter. Pedro Ciriaco added an infield single, Ellsbury a line drive to center that scored Podsednik, and up came Dustin Pedroia with two on and two out. A fastball from Wilson caught way too much of the plate, and Pedroia took a big swing, finding the Monster seats on a line to make it 6-0.
The lead did not last long at all. Franklin Morales had been strong in the first two, but quickly surrendered a bloop single to start the third, and it all went downhill from there.Back-to-back one-out singles brought a runner in with two men on, and while Morales struck out Mark Trumbo for the second, he would walk the next two to bring in another run.
The inning could have ended there on a ground ball to Pedro Ciriaco, but the third baseman fumbled it, providing the Angels new life that they took full advantage of. With a third run in on the error and Clayton Mortensen in the game, the Angels got another walk for the RBI, and then three straight singles. By the time Junichi Tazawa came in and finally got the last out, it was 8-6, Angels.
As bad as the inning was, however, the Angels were still just two runs away. That became one on an error and a Cody Ross single in the fifth, and then in the sixth the Sox grabbed the lead right back. Mike Aviles tied the game with a home run into the Monster seats, and back-to-back doubles from Pedro Ciriaco and Jacoby Ellsbury made it a 9-8 game in favor of Boston.
Like the lead before it, this one would not last through the next inning for the Sox. as Andrew Bailey had weak contact lead to three hits and an equalizing run.
The Sox would make a strong play for the game in the eighth when they brought two runs across on four straight singles from Scott Podsednik, Pedro Ciriaco, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia, but amazingly they could not even hold that lead past the next frame. With one out, Vernon Wells got ahold of an Alfredo Aceves curveball and sent it just barely high enough to earn the home run call.
While replays would show that the ball was perhaps just a double, but it wouldn't matter, since with two outs Mike Trout found the outfield with a line drive that got past Cody Ross. That would have been an RBI right there were the Wells hit just a double, and if not, then the game-tying single from Torii Hunter would have brought him in all the same. Howie Kendrick walked behind Hunter, Mark Trumbo went back up the middle with a single, and just like that it was 12-11.
That lasted three pitches into the bottom of the inning, as Cody Ross quickly found the Triple-A sign over the Monster seats to tie the game.
It was just one of those games.
Just ask Kendrys Morales, who took the second pitch of the tenth deep after the Sox failed to score a walk-off run. An Erick Aybar single and Vernon Wells double later, and it was 14-12. The Sox got one back in the bottom of the inning, but Adrian Gonzalez struck out, and just like that, the longest night of the season was over.
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The Red Sox can hope only to dodge the sweep as they send Franklin Morales to the mound against C.J. Wilson and the Angels. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.
Angels 14, Red Sox 12, Mid 10th -- Kendry Morales hits a homer on the second pitch of the inning, and the Angels add an insurance run to boot. Surely that has to be it?
Red Sox 12, Angels 12, End 9th -- The game just gets more and more ridiculous. Three pitches into the bottom of the ninth, and Cody Ross blasts an absolute moonshot to left. We're headed to extra innings, of all things.
Angels 12, Red Sox 11, Mid 9th -- No, they can't. Shockingly, for the third time tonight, a Boston lead lasts not even half of an inning. Vernon Wells takes Alfredo Aceves deep to cut the defiicit in half, and then with two outs and two strikes, Mike Trout lines a hit into right field, moving to second on a bit of a gaffe from Cody Ross. Torii Hunter singled him home, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia coming in just late on the tag as the Angels tied it, and after a Howie Kendrick walk, Mark Trumbo was there to give the Angels a lead with a single of his own. SImply unbelievable.
Red Sox 11, Angels 9, End 8th -- And the Red Sox gain the lead with just three outs left to go! While a bad call on a close play at first costs them a baserunner and an out in Mike Aviles, the Sox manage to push through, getting back-to-back singles from Scott Podsednik and Pedro Ciriaco. The Angels turn to Scott Downs, but it ends up being to no avail, as Ellsbury finds the outfield with a line drive single, giving Boston the one run lead. Dustin Pedroia adds some insurance with an infield single afterwards, now the question is can they get that lockdown ninth?
Red Sox 9, Angels 9, Mid 8th -- Three more outs from Vicente Padilla get the Sox into the bottom of the eighth with a chance to take the lead, but right now their pen is wearing awfully thin. Extra innings might well favor Los Angeles.
Red Sox 9, Angels 9, End 7th -- Kevin Jepsen retires the better part of the Boston lineup 1-2-3, sending the game into the eighth still tied.
Red Sox 9, Angels 9, Mid 7th -- And the Angels take the tie right back. Andrew Bailey isn't exactly shaky, but he has the balls fall in the wrong places. A ground ball and shallow pop-up behind second base get him two baserunners on limited contact, and Mike Trout manages to grab the tie with a single up the middle before Vicente Padilla enters the game to escape the jam.
Red Sox 9, Angels 8, End 6th -- The Sox jump back on top in the sixth as they show power to left field. The tying run comes in when Mike Aviles launches a deep fly ball into the Monster seats. The tie doesn't last long, however, as back-to-back doubles from Ciriaco and Ellsbury score a ninth run to make it a 1-run Sox advantage.
Angels 8, Red Sox 7, Mid 6th -- Melancon gives the Sox another solid inning, working around a two-out walk to Mark Trumbo.
Angels 8, Red Sox 7, End 5th -- An Alberto Callaspo error allows Pedroia to reach first in the fifth, and after a passed ball moves him to second, Cody Ross is able to drive him home. The question is, even if the Red Sox win, will it feel like a victory the way it's happened?
Angels 8, Red Sox 6, Mid 5th -- With Tazawa having already worked a ton in the previous game, the Sox turn to Mark Melancon in the fifth, and while he ends up surrendering a single, it's ends up being inconsequential after Mike Trout flies out to center to end the frame.
Angels 8, Red Sox 6, End 4th -- Still no resurgence from the Sox, who go down in short order in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Angels 8, Red Sox 6, Mid 4th -- Go-to bullpen saver Junichi Tazawa gets the Sox three quick outs in the fourth .The Sox can actually still win this game obviously, it being a 2-run difference, but it's going to be tough to recover from an emotional beating like they took in the third.
Angels 8, Red Sox 6, End 3rd -- For those wondering what the lockdown inning looks like, Wilson provides one, retiring the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the third with a pair of strikeouts to boot. He's not going to have a good night, one way or the other, but he's feeling a lot better than the Sox are right now.
Angels 8, Red Sox 6, Mid 3rd -- I've got nothing.
After opening up a 6-0 lead in the second, the Sox now trail 8-6.
The salient points are that Franklin Morales gave up a run on three singles, lost the strike zone, loaded the bases and walked in another. He could have been out of the inning right there, but Pedro Ciriaco fumbled a ground ball, and the frame was allowed to continue with Clayton Mortensen on the mound in his stead.
Mortensen didn't do any better. Another run walked in, and then three straight singles. Scoring two on the first, and one each on the second and third, the lead was not simply gone--it had changed hands.
There is low, and then there is this.
Red Sox 6, Angels 0, End 2nd -- La Luna! The flood gates open for the Sox in the second as the lineup pulls a conga line on the basepaths. Mauro Gomez got it started with one out, slapping a double past third and into left field. After a Mike Aviles strikeout left the Sox with just one out to spare, the real damage began. A ground ball from Scott Podsednik made its way through the infield, scoring Gomez, and Pedro Ciriaco followed it up with what is becoming a trademark of his: the infield hit. Jacoby Ellsbury lines a single into center to give the Sox their second run of the inning, but it's Pedroia who really cracks it open, catching a fastball over the middle of the plate and turning on it, launching a rocket into the Monster seats on a line to make it 6-0.
Red Sox 1, Angels 0, Mid 2nd -- Franklin Morales gives up a single and a double in the second inning. Usually that's enough to score a run, but Morales manages to squeeze a ground ball in between, leaving the leadoff runner erased and the Red Sox in possession of their lead.
Red Sox 1, Angels 0, End 1st -- A very quick two-out rally gets the Sox a run and the lead in the bottom of the first. After starting the game with a pair of ground balls, C.J. Wilson sees Dustin Pedroia hit one in the air and very deep to center, missing the homer by a bit, but not the wall. With Pedroia on second base, Adrian Gonzalez steps up out to break an 0-for-8 slump and does just that, singling into center on the second pitch he sees to bring the run home and give the Sox the lead.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, Mid 1st -- Franklin Morales comes out throwing heat all the way, and while it takes him a few pitches, he gets through the first with nary an off-speed pitch. Mike Trout starts the game off with a strikeout, Pedro Ciriaco gloves a sharp hit ball from Torii Hunter for out number two, and while Howie Kendrick is able to pick up a single, Mark Trumbo ends the inning with an easy pop-up.
The Red Sox will try to dodge a sweep at the hands of the Angels Thursday night as they send Franklin Morales to the mound against C.J. Wilson. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.
It's been another day of stirred-up trouble surrounding the Red Sox off-the-field today, but there's still baseball to be played. And baseball to be played with another bizarre new lineup. At this point, it's almost as if the Sox are after the record for different lineup configurations.
If they don't already have it, that is.
The big switch of the day is that Mauro Gomez will be at first base, with Adrian Gonzalez getting a day at DH. They'll stick with keeping Gonzalez at the fourth spot rather than the third, with Ryan Lavarnway starting behind the plate and batting sixth. Meanwhile, Pedro Ciriaco is back up top once again, with Scott Podsednik bouncing back to the bottom of the order.
Boston Red Sox (59-65)
Los Angeles Angels (64-60)
The Red Sox ensured they would go without a series win for the sixth straight set, falling 7-3 to the Angels as Clay Buchholz suffered a middle-innings meltdown.
Things actually started out quite well for Buchholz, who had some good movement on his pitches and picked out a pair of strikeouts in facing just six batters in the first two innings (though Albert Pujols helped ou there by running into an out at second base). Even in the third, when the first two runs came across, it was a matter of nickle-and-diming, with a couple of flairs and a ground ball all it took to give the Angels the early advantage.
The fourth inning, however, was a different story altogether. Two hard hit doubles and a pair of singles doubled the Los Angeles run total to four even with the Angels again running into an out when Mark Trumbo was caught trying to steal second base. While a lucky break helped him escape the fifth without giving up anything else, the warning shots fired in the frame likely should have been enough to end his night.
Instead, however, Bobby Valentine decided to stick with his laboring starter, and stick with him even after a one-out homer from Howie Kendrick. And the single that immediately followed. Only after a third straight batter picked up a hit in the inning did Valentine pull Buchholz from the game, but by then the rout was on. Junichi Tazawa let both of Buchholz' runners score, and the Angels suddenly had seven on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox offense had not fared nearly so well against Jered Weaver. After a double play had erased a leadoff single from Scott Podsednik in the first, and two baserunners were left on in the third, the Sox finally broke through with two outs in the fourth. A Jarrod Saltalamacchia single got the wheels turning before doubles from Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Aviles managed to get the Sox on the board with two runs of their own.
They would go quiet from there, however, at least until Weaver was out of the game. Dustin Pedroia would manage to snag a run back off of LaTroy Hawkins in the eighth, but that was all, leaving them losers yet again.
The Boston Red Sox reportedly placed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers on Wednesday. The move itself is not a shocking one at this stage of the season.
Gonzalez, 30, was surrounded by trade rumors near the non-waiver trade deadline, with the Los Angeles Dodgers showing mild interest in the first baseman. Gonzalez took the interest as a sign that teams recognized his ability and production, but he also said that he wanted to stay in Boston.
It would take a team with a big wallet such as the Dodgers to land Gonzalez in a trade -- he's owed $21 million a year through the 2016 season, and his salary goes up to $21.5 million per year for 2017 and 2018.
Gonzalez is hitting .304 this season for the Red Sox with 15 homers and 85 RBI.
The Red Sox are ready for their second game against the Los Angeles Angels in Fenway Park, as they send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Jered Weaver.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down.
Angels 7, Red Sox 3, End 8th -- Dustin Pedroia leads off the inning with a single, steals second, and manages to score when Cody Ross manages to place a fly ball perfectly down the line in left for the RBI double. Unfortunately, the Sox strand both Ross and Ryan Lavarnway, who walks behind him, leaving them still facing a big deficit going into the ninth.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2, Mid 8th -- Chris Iannetta motors all the way around to third on a long fly ball to center, but it comes with two outs, and Junichi Tazawa is up to the task of getting out of the inning without surrendering any more runs.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2, End 7th -- The Sox get just a Scott Podsednik in a scoreless seventh inning. Jered Weaver is likely done for the night with a start befitting a pitcher of his quality. That comes in stark contrast to Clay Buchholz.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2, Mid 7th -- Junichi Tazawa manages to retire the side in order in the seventh, but it's likely too late for the pitching to come through tonight.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2, End 6th -- Both Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia strike out in a 1-2-3 sixth inning that provides no promise for a comeback.
Angels 7, Red Sox 2, Mid 6th -- And the rout is thoroughly on. After the lucky escape from the fifth, leaving Buchholz in at all was a bit questionable. After the Howie Kendrick homer into the Monster seats made it 5-2? For two batters? Pretty much indefensible. Both men would reach base before Junichi Tazawa was called into the game, and an infield single prolongs the inning enough for a line drive from Torii Hunter to bring them both home.
It was a bad outing for Clay Buchholz either way, no doubt. But Bobby V took a bad night and made it a real disaster. Again.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2, End 5th -- The Sox go right back to ineptitude against Weaver in the fifth, with two fly balls and a ground ball putting an end to things in a hurry.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2, Mid 5th -- Once again Clay Buchholz runs into trouble, though this time he is lucky enough to avoid any damage, at least. After Chris Iannetta and Mike Trout reached on a single and walk, a fly ball moved Iannetta within 90 feet with just one out on the board. The run did not come across to score, however, as Pedro Ciriaco scooped up a Vernon Wells ground ball and fired home to catch Iannetta at the plate for the second out, with Kendrys Morales flying out to end the inning.
Angels 4, Red Sox 2, End 4th -- Buchholz is struggling, but the Sox finally pull a couple back for him against Weaver, all coming with two outs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia starts it off by dumping a single quickly into right field, and then comes in to score when Ryan Lavarnway finally gets some convincing contact, smashing a long wall ball double off the Monster. Behind him, Mike Aviles catches some wall as well, bringing Lavarnway home to cut the Angels lead in half before the inning ends.
Angels 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Even when Clay is on the mound, the Sox can't have nice things, apparently. This time there's no real luck involved against Buchholz, as a solid double from Albert Pujols and single up-the-middle from Mark Trumbo gives the Angels their third run. He's even given a bit of help when Trumbo is caught stealing second, but with another double coming immediately thereafter, the one seeing-eye single of the inning is enough to cost him a fourth.
Angels 2, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- A strong start to the third inning leads only to a disappointing conclusion. A walk from Mike Aviles and single from Scott Podsednik put two men on base with one out, but Jacoby Ellsbury managed only a routine fly ball, and while Dustin Pedroia was able to put some charge into his line drive, it stayed up too long and wasn't far enough from Mark Trumbo to cause any real trouble.
Angels 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- The Angels have the first breakthrough of the game, nickle-and-diming their way to two runs in the third. Their three hits start the inning, and none could really be described as more than a flair, with one a simple ground ball, but they all find holes in the defense. While Clay Buchholz does manage to induce a double play to limit the damage, it's still two big runs in this matchup between two pitchers in top form.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, End 2nd -- Jered Weaver responds in kind in the second inning with a 1-2-3 frame of his own. He, however, does it the way he has all year: free of strikeouts, full of weak contact.
RedSox 0, Angels 0, Mid 2nd -- Clay rolls straight on through the second inning, striking out Mark Trumbo swinging over the top of a 1-2 changeup as part of an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 frame.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, End 1st -- The Sox are lucky not to respond with a 1-2-3 frame of their own. After a Scott Podsednik bloop single gives them a leadoff baserunner, Jacoby Ellsbury grounds into a double play to quickly erase him. Dustin Pedroia's strikeout should have been the end of things, but Chris Iannetta can't hold on to the ball, and Albert Pujols takes his foot off the bag before receiving the throw from home plate, letting Adrian Gonzalez get a chance. It only extends the inning for four pitches, however, with Gonzalez taking four pitches, three of them for strikes.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, Mid 1st -- Clay Buchholz gives up a hit in the first, but it doesn't cost him a 1-2-3 inning. After a good play up-the-middle from Dustin Pedroia catches Mike Trout by a step, Buchholz brings a fastball back over the inside corner to pick up a strikeout against Torii Hunter.The hit comes from Albert Pujols, a single to the wall that Pujols tries to turn into two bases. Podsednik's throw is on target, however, and Dustin Pedroia brings it across the plate to apply the tag as Pujols slid in to the bag.
The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Jered Weaver as they look to even up their series against the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
It's another strange looking lineup for the Red Sox on Wednesday, and while Tuesday's was plenty bizarre as well, there were at least explanations that could be made for the specific changes.
The changes for today, however, with both catchers in the lineup, Scott Podsednik leading off instead of Pedro Ciriaco, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia swapping the second and third spots? They seem almost random.
All the Sox can hope for at this point, though, is that Clay Buchholz doesn't end p forced to take any hacks with the bat to blow his back out.
Boston Red Sox (59-64)
Los Angeles Angels (63-60)
The Boston Red Sox are hoping to see their beleaguered pitching staff turn its season around in short order.
That job has fallen into the hands of pitching coach Randy Niemann, who is replacing the recently fired Bob McClure. McClure couldn't get anything on the right track, watching his group post a 4.30 team ERA, the 11st best in the American League.
Now, Niemann is on the job and knows it won't be easy, but feels the potential is there for a turnaround, according to the Boston Herald.
"I think we’re better than that. I think the guys think we’re better than that. And we’re going to work hard this last month and a half to address that and make it better," Niemann said. "Are we going to get (the ERA) down to leading the league? I don’t think we have time to do that, but we’re going to make it better and we’re going to work hard to do that.
"Like I told the guys earlier, I’m here for them. I’m going to be here early and I’ll be here late. Whatever they need to make this work the last month, I’ll be here to do that."
Boston is currently eight games out of the wild card and likely about to miss the postseason for the second straight year. However, Niemann is determined to get things going in a positive direction for the present and future.
"Obviously, they’re disappointed in the way things have gone," Niemann said. "They’re looking forward to the next month . . . getting things right, getting on track, for this year and into the winter for next year."
The Los Angeles Angels took a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night in Fenway Park, with Boston coming up the lesser of the two struggling teams that once numbered amongst the best in the game.
The game would start in surprisingly good fashion for Aaron Cook, who struck out Mike Trout of all people on just four pitches to get the game off on the right foot. While Albert Pujols would also pick up a double in the first, scraping a ball of the left field wall, Cook seemed to be right as rain, inducing ground ball after ground ball.
The trouble with ground ball pitchers is that, even when they're on, they can be the victims of bad defense or bad luck. It was perhaps a little bit of each for Cook in the third and fourth innings. More ground balls came, sure enough, but they would get through into the outfield, skipping past a relatively immobile infield, particularly the left side. Ground balls would cost Cook one in the third, and then two in the first.
Those runs would be good for a 3-0 deficit, too, as the Red Sox were doing nothing against Ervin Santana, the man with a 5.59 ERA. Though the Sox were patient, seemingly waiting for the one pitch they wanted, when they got the ones they decided to swing at, they did nothing with them. Cody Ross had a second-inning double, and a couple of singles gave them a scoring opportunity in the fourth, but they could push nothing across early.
The Angels would end Cook's night on a bad note in the fifth, as a meatball to Mark Trumbo was launched well over the Volvo sign over the Monster. Despite striking out a season-high four batters, Cook was left with a very unimpressive five runs in five innings.
The Sox would finally break through against Santana in the sixth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia stayed with a high fastball and sent it just barely into the stands in right for a two-run shot. Scott Podsednik would double and score in the next inning to make it 5-3, but with the Sox unable to push any more runs across, the Angels took the opening game of the series.
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The Red Sox are ready to take on the Angels in the first game of a three-game set as they send Aaron Cook to the mound against Ervin Santana.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway
Angels 5, Red Sox 3, End 8th -- The Red Sox get the baserunners they need, but they come too late. A two-out walk for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and single from Daniel Nava bring Mike Aviles to the plate with the tying run at first, but the shortstop can do nothing more than hit it on the ground, right to Howie Kendrick for the out.
Angels 5, Red Sox 3, Mid 8th -- Vicente Padilla makes a succesful return to the mound in the eighth, striking out one in a 1-2-3 inning of work.
Angels 5, Red Sox 3, End 7th -- Scott Podsednik doubles with one down in the seventh, coming around to score on a ground ball and wild pitch to bring the Sox within two. As bad as this game started for Boston, it's not ever yet.
Angels 5, Red Sox 2, Mid 7th -- Clayton Mortensen continues to get outs for the Sox, retiring the fourth, fifth, and sixth batters he faces for another perfect inning on the mound.
Angels 5, Red Sox 2, End 6th -- Finally, after six innings of frustration, a high fastball to Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a man on provides a breakthrough for the Red Sox. Salty puts his bat on the right plane, and though Torii Hunter initially seems to possibly have a play on the ball, Salty gets just enough to power it into the third row of seats in right field.
Angels 5, Red Sox 0, Mid 6th -- After three straight innings with runs scoring against them, the Sox get a clean frame from Clayton Mortensen in the sixth.
Angels 5, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- The Red Sox gain no ground in the fifth, picking up only a Scott Podsednik single as Ervin Santana continues to baffle them on the mound.
Angels 5, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- There's nothing questionable about the Angels' fourth or fifth runs. With a man already on, Aaron Cook leaves a meatball over the zone to Mark Trumbo, and Trumbo hits it so far over the Monster that it'll be a wonder if it stays in Massachusetts.
Angels 3, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- Ervin Santana gets his second 1-2-3 inning of the night. This is a pretty poor performance from the Sox against a pitcher who has struggled as often as Santana has had.
Angels 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Aaron Cook strikes out a fourth batter in Mark Trumbo to start the fourth inning, then allows a single to Howie Kendrick. It's the only ball in the air Cook allows in the inning, but once again the infield comes up empty when it comes to making plays on Cook's ground balls. Four straight manage to find their way through for singles, and while the Sox manage to luck into one out in the run down, it's not enough to keep the Angels from building their lead from one run to three.
Angels 1, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- The Red Sox waste another chance in the third, stranding two men on base after singles from Pedro Ciriaco and Jacoby Ellsbury put men on the corners with one out. Ervin Santana went to a fastball high and away to sit Adrian Gonzalez down on strikes, ending the threat.
Angels 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Ground balls are Aaron Cook's bread and butter, but they can't all go for outs. Despite picking up his third(!) strikeout in three innings, Cook sees ground balls from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols get through, and with Trout having advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw, it's enough for the Angels to take the early lead.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, End 2nd -- Cody Ross picks up a one-out double, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia draws a quick walk behind him, but the bottom of the lineup wastes the opportunity as both Daniel Nava and Mike Aviles pop out behind him to end the inning.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, Mid 2nd -- Shockingly enough, after erasing a leadoff baserunner by inducing a double play, Aaron Cook picks up his second strikeout of the night. Rare form for the groundball specialist.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, End 1st -- Ervin Santana looks nothing like a 5.59 ERA pitcher in the first inning. Nine pitches are all he needs to retire the Red Sox 1-2-3 on three ground balls, taking a page out of Cook's own book.
Red Sox 0, Angels 0, Mid 1st -- Aaron Cook starts out the game with one of the most unexpected outcomes you'll see this year: a four-pitch strikeout of rookie phenom Mike Trout. It's just the eighth strikeout Cook has mustered this year. After a ground ball out, Albert Pujols returns things to some level of normalcy by doubling off the wall before Cook ended the inning with another ground ball from Kendrys Morales.
The Red Sox will open their series against the Angels Tuesday night when they send Aaron Cook to the mound against Ervin Santana. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and the MLB Network.
With the final departure of Carl Crawford to the disabled list, Bobby Valentine was left with an unsettled top-of-the-order. His solution: jumble it up into a crazy looking mess that has Jacoby Ellsbury batting third.
Now, in 2011, this may have made sense, since Ellsbury was hitting like a middle-of-order bat. This year, however, given his .250/.302/.351 triple slash, Ellsbury may just be the worst possible player to take over that spot. In fact, reputation aside, Ellsbury should really be batting ninth. But with the standings mattering less and less every day, perhaps this is just Bobby Valentine's way of getting Pedro Ciriaco more at bats, and trying to randomly jump-start Jacoby?
We can only hope.
Boston Red Sox (59-63)
Los Angeles Angels (62-60)
Johnny Pesky, the Boston Red Sox icon who passed away this month, will be honored by the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, according to a team press release. The grounds crew at Fenway Park cut Pesky's retired No. 6 into left field, and all Sox players will wear No. 6 in his honor Tuesday as well.
Tuesday's game at Fenway Park is the first home game since Pesky passed away last Monday at age 93. Don Orsillo, Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione will hold a tribute for Pesky before the game and a moment of silence will be observed in his honor. Pesky's son, David Pesky, will then be escorted to the mound by Jerry Remy and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Pesky spent 61 years total with the Red Sox and has been with the 44 with the team and his No. 6 is one of eight numbers retired at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will continue to honor Pesky by wearing a black patch with a white No. 6 on their left sleeve on home white and alternate jerseys while wearing black armbands on the right sleeve of their gray road uniforms for the rest of the season, according to a press release.
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