Tuesday, April 22, 2008


When Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start against the Angels and David Pauley replaced him, like most Sox fans I felt like this game probably wouldn't go too well. But this Red Sox team has been anything but predictable this season.

Pauley didn't pitch horribly, he made it into the 5th, which is about as much as could be expected. Then Tavarez got 5 outs with relative ease. The Sox tied it in the 5th as Youkilis hit his 2nd homer of the year. Then Ellsbury put Boston ahead 6-5 with his second solo homerun of the night.

Surprisingly, Okajima blew the lead in the 8th, his first blown save of the season. But in the bottom of the inning, Pedroia's double knocked in Ellsbury to put the Sox ahead 7-6. Papelbon threw a perfect, 2 strikeout 9th inning to shut the door.

The Red Sox have won 6 in a row. Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ramirez, Casey, Lowrie, Drew, Lugo, and Youkilis are all hitting over .300. Pedroia's .364 average leads the AL. He's joined in the top 6 by teammates Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis. Along with Lugo, there are 4 Sox in the top 12 in hitting.

Jon Garland faces Daisuke Wednesday night.

The Sports Network

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AP Photo/Charles Krupa

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