30-13: Gabbard shines in spot start

Kason Gabbard (1-0) made the trip up from Pawtucket, pitched five shutout innings against the Braves, then ran out of gas in the sixth. He did it despite a 2 1/2 hour rain delay, and despite starting against former All-Star Tim Hudson (5-2). It was enough for the Sox to pull out a win, 6-3.

The appearances by Devern Hansack and Gabbard should remind us that we have some pretty good starting depth behind our front five, exactly for situations like this. IMHO, one of these guys could be our fifth starter right now instead of Julian Tavarez. But it looks like Theo is reserving that seat for a certain lefty who’s at Pawtucket right now.

The Red Sox touched Hudson for four runs early, and started hitting him very hard again in the fifth, when he was pulled by Bobby Cox. It was Hudson’s shortest (and worst) start of the season by a good margin. Both bullpens did a very good job, the only run allowed being one run off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.

Kevin Youkilis went 3-3 and just continues to pound everything in sight. He even slipped an opposite field fly just inside the foul pole in right for his 6th HR of the year. It doesn’t matter if he’s playing first or third base, hitting second or fifth in the order, he is just in the zone right now. His numbers for May: .373/.434/.582!

Jason Varitek had two hits in this one, and he is sporting a healthy .280 average, for those who were worried he was on his last legs.


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