Cook beaten up from debut, Sox go 4-9 at home

BOSTON, MA – MAY 5: Aaron Cook #35 of the Boston Red Sox is injured as he covers home as Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles scores in the second inning at Fenway Park May 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Red Sox drop yet another home game to the Orioles. Cook recorded a good first inning, but soon was later pounded on by the Orioles’ batters. In the 2nd inning with just two outs, Cook had Davis on 3rd and Betemit on 1st with Reynolds up to bat. Saltalamacchia did not cleanly catch the ball and it went under his legs and rolled to the backstop. Cook scrambled to home plate in order to get Davis out, but unfortunately it was too late and he didn’t catch Salty’s throw and the Orioles scored their first run. In his first major league debt, Cook got completely roughed up, mentally and physically. While sliding into home to stop Davis, Cook received a nasty gash from Davis’ cleat. It was a very deep, bleeding wound on Cook’s left leg which sent him back to the dugout and Valentine to call out Mortensen. But before Mortensen could reach the pitcher’s mound, Cook stepped out from the dugout and threw a few warmup pitchers before he got Mark Reynolds to record the final out of the inning. I give the kid credit for walking back out there and going more innings with such a deep wound.

Unfortunately, Cook’s debut wasn’t stellar as I was hoping it would be. He was charged with seven Baltimore runs, six earned. Cook gave up a single to Endy Chavez, then threw a wild pitch which let Chavez take second. J.J. Hardy walked, but then Saltalmacchia caught Chavez stealing third. Markakis scored Hardy on a single. Moments later, Adam Jones blasted a two run shot. Then Weiters doubled, Davis singled, and Betemit scored Davis on another single. Cook was removed after the four runs, but Mortensen came in to give up a three run homer to Reynolds to make the score 8-0.

The Sox offense wasn’t anything to write about. Sox only scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th. Every member of the Red Sox except Aviles struck out. Punto even struck out twice. Gonzalez had another three hit game and Pedroia had two hits along with Sweeney, Ross, and Saltalamacchia who all put up one hit during their four at-bats.

On Cook’s injury: Cook received 11 stitches in his leg.

“I was feeling really good the first two innings, and then, all of sudden, I was up in the third inning,” Cook said after the Red Sox lost their fourth consecutive game, dropped to 4-9 at Fenway Park and 11-15 overall. “To be honest, my knee in front of my leg was kind of numb, so I was really just out there throwing all arm. That’s when you start to see the ball get flat. It’s just up in the zone. Just made bad pitches after that. I probably could’ve thrown a little bit slower and got it down in the zone, but it was just one of those days.

“It was my decision. I wanted to go out there and try to eat up some more innings. I know our bullpen’s been kind of taxed. At the end of the day, I don’t know if it was the best decision, but it was what I wanted to do” (Boston Herald).

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