42-24: Sox pound Zito, Tavarez solid

The Boston offense finally came alive, as the Sox beat the Giants 10-2 in the first game of a Fenway series. San Francisco jerseys and caps were out in droves at Fenway, but Giants fans hoping to see Barry Bonds inch closer to the home run record were disappointed, though he did hit a very loud foul ball.

The only home run of the game was hit by Dustin Pedroia in the first inning, right into the monster seats. Pedroia had a monster night overall, going 5-5 with 5 RBI from the second slot in the order. He and J.D. Drew were supposed to get on base to spark the offense atop the order, but they did most of the heavy lifting this game. Drew went 3-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI in his second game in the leadoff spot.

I had actually suggested that Pedroia lead off and Drew hit second, but I guess this is close enough. Drew is more of a power bat than Pedroia is, despite the current numbers. The offense might do better with Pedroia having the better batting average  right now, but he is slower and could potentially hit into more double plays. Either way, the two of them have to be better than Julio Lugo and Coco Crisp. Lugo and Crisp both got on base twice last night, from the 8th and 9th slots in the order.

David Ortiz was tossed from the game in the first inning, after striking out and tossing his batting helmet some 30 feet by the Red Sox dugout. But the offense did just fine tonight, which is a great sign.

Meanwhile, Julian Tavarez (4-4) pitched a very good game. After a rough first inning in which he allowed two runs on a double and a wild pitch, he settled down and went seven innings. He only walked two batters (one intentional), and used 103 pitches. Despite only throwing 58 strikes, he got the Giants to hit it to fielders all night. Hideki Okajima and Joel Pineiro finished it off for the victory.

The Giants pitched Barry Zito, their big free agent acquisition tonight. Seems like everybody is throwing their left-handed pitchers at us these days. Zito (6-7) struggled, however, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) in just 5 1/3 innings. Zito has never pitched very well at Fenway Park (2-3 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts lifetime), and tonight was no exception.


One Response to 42-24: Sox pound Zito, Tavarez solid

  1. firedannyainge says:

    I love beating Barry Zito:)


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