48-28: Sox get to Hernandez, but lose 8-7


Kason Gabbard had a bad case of the willies, walking six and allowing four runs in just 3 1/3 innings last night. The Sox kept surging back, but it soon became too much of a deficit for even the Sox to recover from. Gabbard will get another shot on July 2nd, so let’s pull for him to have a good start then.

Manny Delcarmen had been pitching pretty well of late, but had a costly hit batsman in the 5th, and it turned into a 2-run inning. Delcarmen has been showing good mechanics, and touched 97 mph on the gun the outing before.

The Red Sox were able to get to Felix Hernandez by the 5th and 6th innings, and he left the game with a slender 6-5 lead. Hernandez was not the same pitcher we saw at Fenway a couple of months ago, giving up eleven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

The Sox tied it up on an RBI single by David Ortiz, but a two-run shot by Richie Sexson off of Javier Lopez (1-1) put the M’s ahead to stay at 8-6 in the bottom of the 6th.

The Sox offense mounted a comeback in the 8th, but J.D. Drew grounded out, stranding the tying run, Julio Lugo, at second base. J.J. Putz came on and finished off Boston for the save.

Alex Cora was in the lineup at shortstop, spelling the ice-cold Lugo, as many Boston fans have been demanding. Coco Crisp was atop the order again last night, going 1-3 with a walk. Let’s hope that his June resurgence signals the beginning of a new stage of his career here in Boston. This allowed Francona to drop Drew to fifth in the order, since Manny Ramirez did not start the game. Ramirez struck out with the bases empty in a pinch hit at-bat against Putz to end the game.

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