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Friday, 03 May 2013 19:18

Buchholz and Dempster solid starts highlight series win vs. Jays

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In what seemed like a series dominated by the Boston Red Sox pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Sox continued their winning ways by taking two out three from Toronto. After dropping the first game of the series on Tuesday night 9-7, the Red Sox solid pitching quieted the Jays bats over the next two nights.

The highlight of the series was the dominating starts of Clay Buchholz and Ryan Dempster, who  allowed zero and one runs respectively in their starts vs. the Jays. Buchholz struck out eight over seven innings allowing just two hits. Dempster was able to go six innings last night but got several key double plays to get out of multiple jams in the win.

In already a small sample size, Mike Carp was one of the key contributors offensively in this series collecting three hits, two of which were via the homerun and driving in three runs. Another key contributor in this series was Mike Napoli who raked two long home runs in game two of the series both of which traveled 460 feet plus. According to @ESPNStatsInc on Twitter, Napoli was the first player in baseball in eight years to hit two long balls that went at least 460 feet plus.

Series Notes:

Sox dominance: Boston has now won four of the first six games against the Blue Jays in 2013. They will hosts Toronto next weekend 5/10-5/12 at Fenway. The Red Sox will not return to Toronto for one final road series until August 13-15.

Bullpen dominance returns: After the Red Sox bullpen allowed four runs over the first two games of the series, the bullpen was dominate once again on Thursday pitching three scoreless innings between Miller, Tazawa, Uehara and Hanrahan.

Drew’s Hitting: 2013 has already been a tough ride for Stephen Drew after experiencing concussion like symptoms late in spring training and getting off to a slow start offensively this year. Finally, Drew’s bat showed some life in this series as he collected four hits including his first home run as a Red Sox player while driving in three runs. This could be signs of good things to come for Drew.

 

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