Red Sox win Orioles series, win 6-5 this afternoon with the help of three homers; Ross and Sweeny on DL

Larry Johnson

It’s been a few days since I’ve written about the Red Sox. I’ve been extremely exhausted the last couple days and have focused more on video games, but now for update about my other love, the Boston Red Sox and baseball.

Unfortunately some horrible news for the Red Sox concerning two awesome contributors, outfielders Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney are on the disabled list. Cody Ross, in last Friday’s game vs. the Phillies, fouled a pitch off of his left foot. As shown in an MRI and not in the former XRays, the pitch in fact fractured Ross’ navicular bone, which is also the same type of fracture Dustin Pedroia endured in 2010. Ross is now on the DL and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. That is if he doesn’t need surgery. Ryan Sweeney on the other hand is also on the disabled list due to concussion symptoms; however he will remain on the DL if he does pass a test administered by the MLB.

The Red Sox beat the O’s in their first game of the series at Camden Yards on May 21st. The Red Sox got a load of offense to win the game 8-6 with a single by Aviles, a bunch of sacrifice flies, and a awesome home run by Ortiz to name a few. Clay Buchholz (5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 Ks) didn’t receive the win for the game. Instead Andrew Miller (and on his birthday to boot) received his first win of the season by going 1.2 innings, striking out two batters, and giving up no walks, in relief of Buchholz. Aceves also notched his 10th save of the season that night. The Red Sox managed to reach .500 baseball with a loss from the Yankees on the same day and remained tied at the fourth spot in the AL East on May 21st.

However, the Red Sox dropped last night’s despite Doubront’s gem. Doubront went six innnings and struck out nine batters. Doubront gave up a two run homer to Tolleson in the 2nd which gave Doubront the loss, but Albers gave up a homer to make the final score 4-1 Orioles. Youkilis got the only run of the night with a solo shot in the 4th inning. The loss put the Red Sox back below .500 baseball.

Boston Red Sox
Patrick Semansky
Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz (34) high-fives Kevin Youkilis after Youkilis hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

Okay now I have caught up to the present time. The Red Sox took the series against the Orioles this afternoon with a very close 6-5 victory. The win was given to Daniel Bard who went 5.1 innings, gave up five hits and two earned runs, and struck out two. Aceves also got his 11th save of the season. Bard was backed up by three homers all from different people. Both Nava and Shoppach homered in the 6th inning to put the Sox up 5-2 at the time. But the Orioles managed to come back with in a run in the bottom of the 6th to put the game at 5-4 Sox. Scott Podsednik hit his first major league home run in the top of the 8th to give the Sox an insurance run to make the board read 6-4 Red Sox. However with a sacrifice fly by  Wilson Betemit, the Orioles were again just one run away from tying the game. But Alfredo Aceves came out again the 9th inning and got three wonderful ground outs to notch a 1-2-3 game-ending inning. The Sox are now back to .500 baseball and remain a game behind the Yankees. Oh and Che-Hsuan Lin had an amazing diving catch.

The Red Sox have a day break before heading back home after their road trip. This upcoming weekend they will take on another AL East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox and Rays will play at 7.10pm on NESN.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: