Saturday, April 26, 2008
GREAT START BY BUCHHOLZ WASTED
A brilliant 8 inning start was wasted as the Red Sox hitters failed to do anything significant at the plate. Buchholz had a 1 hit shutout going after 7, but allowed a pinch hit single and a 2 run homer to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. Some may question Francona for leaving Clay in the game, but I have absolutely no problem with it. His stuff was electric and he was confident.
The Sox only managed to get 5 hits off Tampa pitching, all of them singles. Ellsbury's infield single in the 5th accounted for Boston's sole run of the night. Pedroia was 0 for 4 with a strikeout, a double play, 4 men left on base, and 2 men left in scoring position with 2 outs.
David Ortiz was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a bruised knee he received while stupidly diving headfirst into first base. Sliding headfirst into first is just moronic. There's no tag to avoid, and sliding like that invariably slows you down (friction).
Sean Casey was placed on the 15 day DL with a hip flexor strain he received while rounding third the other night. His spot on the roster was filled by Brandon Moss who was called up from AAA Pawtucket.
How many baseball injuries occur while running the bases? It seems like running the bases is more treacherous for baseball players than riding a motorcycle with no helmet and no license is for football players.
Josh Beckett returns to the mound Sunday afternoon to face James Shields.
AP Photo/Mike Carlson