46-25: Everything working in blowout

This was one of those games it’s fun to be on the winning end of, and totally demoralizing to be on the other end of. The Red Sox staff shut out the Atlanta Braves for the second straight game, as the lineup delivered 5 home runs in a 11-0 win.

Atlanta starter Buddy Carlyle (1-2) was touched up for five runs in the first inning, and two more in the second before being lifted, and that pretty much set the tone for the game. J.D. Drew hit his 6th HR of the year, and Coco Crisp hit another one, the third of this series for him after a 294 at-bat drought dating back to September 6 of last season. Could Crisp be coming back out of his hitting coma after one and a half years?

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Eric Hinske also joined the home run parade. The offense really came alive, even with almost all the subs in the game. All told, it was 11 runs on 15 hits. Things are looking like they are turning around.

Julian Tavarez (5-4) was brilliant, allowing just three hits and a walk over seven innings. He used 97 pitches, 54 of them strikes, to silence the Braves. Joel Pineiro and Mike Timlin finished out the game with a scoreless inning apiece.

A couple of dark clouds rest over the Sox tonight: J.D. Drew left the game with a bad hamstring, and Curt Schilling is headed to the DL. That could pose a big problem for us, if his shoulder is not right. The Sox have a day off, and so won’t need a starter until Tuesday, so look for them to call up either another reliever or a position player until then, maybe David Murphy. At that point, it could be Jon Lester, Kason Gabbard or Devern Hansack that gets the call.


One Response to 46-25: Everything working in blowout

  1. donchoi says:

    Larry Lucchino was on the radio this morning, and refused to say who would take the spot start coming up Tuesday. However, Jon Lester would pitch Tuesday for Pawtucket, making him the most natural fit. Lucchino did mention that the team is looking at all of its options, down to double-A, where a young guy named Clay Buchholz is tearing it up. It’d be a treat to see him up here, wouldn’t it?

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