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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
When Big Pop-Up is hitting bombs, you know it's going well
For whatever reason, we own the New York Yankees (for now). The Red Sox (34-24) shutout the Yankees (34-24) 7-0 last night at Fenway to improve to 6-0 against the Bronx Bombers this season. With the win, Boston also tied New York atop the AL East standings.
Going into last night's series opener, it looked like it had all the makings of a pitchers' duel but only Josh Beckett (7-2) lived up to his side of the bargain.
Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett (4-3), he of the frequent DL trips, only lasted 2.2 innings. He gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits with five walks and a strikeouts.
Beckett was nearly unhittable as he continued his recent hot streak. He threw six shutout innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts and two walks.
David Ortiz and Nick Green led the Sox offense. Ortiz opened the scoring with a two-run blast to deep center in the second, his third homer of the season. The Fenway faithful treated him to his third curtain call of the season afterwards. Enough already.
Green had an RBI double in the third and a solo homer in the seventh. He still can't play good defense but Green is a solid hitter. With Jed Lowrie getting closer to returning, Boston's revolving door of shortstops doesn't seem to have an end in sight.
The Sox scored its other runs on a two-run double by J.D. Drew in the second and Mike Lowell's RBI single in the fourth. Kevin Youkilis added two hits, a run and a walk.
Boston's top-ranked bullpen had another stellar night. Manny Delcarmen (4 outs), Ramon Ramirez (2 outs) and Daniel Bard (3 outs) combined to pitch three shutout innings.
Tim Wakefield opposes Chien-Ming Wang tonight.