24-11: Schilling gets ND, then Sox trash the Oriole bullpen


Youkilis strokes the go ahead singleCurt Schilling (4-1) was not on top of his game, but it didn’t matter in the end, as the bats did some major damage against Jon Leicester and Todd Williams. The Red Sox won this one by a 13-4 count.

Schilling lasted just 5 1/3 innings this time, his shortest outing since a four inning debut on Opening Day. He threw 95 pitches, giving up four runs, nine hits and walking two. The old man was not so sharp today, and you have to wonder if all this off-field stuff is affecting him, with the comments on Barry Bonds and then his public apology. I’m sure he’ll be fine, and this was not a disastrous start, though definitely not his sharpest.

Curt was knocked around a bit in the sixth, and he walked Jay Payton to load the bases with one out. Javier Lopez got a ground out from Corey Patterson, but a run still scored, tying the game at four.

The bullpen did an excellent job and held the Orioles scoreless after that. With another 1 2/3 pitched, Hideki Okajima pushed his scoreless innings streak to 16 1/3. His ERA sits at 0.48 on the season, and he has proven to be a spectacular addition thus far.

The lineup did a good job all game, knocking starter Steve Trachsel out of the game after just 4 1/3 innings. He used 102 pitches to get those 13 outs, and the Sox have owned the “rebuilt” Oriole bullpen this year. There was good production up and down the lineup, including two more hits each from Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Alex Cora, who entered the game as a reserve for the 0-3 Dustin Pedroia.

Julio Lugo obviously likes playing Baltimore at home, as he went 4-5 with a double and a stolen base after a 3-5 night yesterday. More nights like that should quash criticism that’s been launched his way recently.

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