Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Red Sox, game 2

4/4/2006 - Texas 10, Boston 4

If the first game was an example of everything going to script, so was the second. But it was a script for a horror story. Wakefield had nothing, giving up 7 runs (with a little help from Lenny DiNardo) in less than 3 innings. Josh Bard didn't look great behind the plate, and the offense did nothing. David Riske struggled in his Sox debut, giving up a 2-run homer in his inning of work, and Rudy Seanez loaded the bases with no one out before wriggling out of the jam in his 2006 Sox debut. And Manny Ramirez, while seeing 28 pitches in his 4 at-bats, working the pitcher and working the count, struck out 3 times and stranded 6 runners.

Bright spots:

- Coco Crisp continues to impress, going 3-5, and Mark Loretta had a couple of hits. David Ortiz doubled and walked twice. (With the first three on that many times, you'd expect some offense, but Manny, as previously noted, had a rough night. And the other never all reached in the same trip through the order.)

- Wily Mo Pena made his Boston debut and doubled off Texas' (right-handed) closer.

- Youkilis doubled, for his first hit.

- The defense was solid again. (Except for the passed balls...)

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