Monday: Boston Red Sox 7, San Francisco Giants 0
Win: Jon Lester (11-7) Loss: Tim Lincecum (6-13)
Looking to grab a win following a tough loss on Sunday Night Baseball, the Red Sox started off this West Coast road trip with a bang, in part to the masterful pitching of Jon Lester. He pitched eight and one-third innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and walking two while striking out three batters.
Things were not as positive on the other end for San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum. In five innings pitched, he surrendered nine hits and five runs (all earned) while walking four and striking out four batters. In what has been a tough season for the pitcher affectionately known as “The Freak”, Monday’s start was yet another uncharacteristically poor outing for a pitcher who usually brings his A-game more often than not.
Offensively, the Red Sox got things going in the third inning, when following a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single and Stephen Drew walk, Will Middlebrooks hit a sacrifice fly, bringing home Saltalamacchia. A baseball rarity contributed to the next run as Daniel Nava scored from third following a balk while Lester was at the plate and in the process, Drew moved up to second base. The final run of the inning came when Shane Victorino hit a line drive single to center field scoring Drew and in the process increasing Boston’s lead to 3-0.
The Red Sox did not score again until the fifth inning when following a Daniel Nava single, Drew doubled to center field scoring Nava and increasing their lead to 4-0. The next tally for the Local Nine came in the top of the sixth inning when Jacoby Ellsbury scored from third base on a wild pitch by Guillermo Moscoso with David Ortiz up at bat making it a 5-0 game.
The final two tallies of the night came in the top of the ninth inning as Saltalamacchia doubled scoring Dustin Pedroia and Nava singled to right field scoring Saltalamacchia and that would be it in the scoring department for the game as the Red Sox took Game One of the series 7-0.
Tuesday: Boston Red Sox 2, San Francisco Giants 3
Loss: Franklin Morales (2-1) Win: Sergio Romo (4-6)
The Red Sox looked to keep the good vibes going in Tuesday’s game as Jake Peavy opposed Ryan Vogelsong. Both performed well with Peavy giving up five hits and only one earned run in five and two-thirds innings of work while Vogelsong countered that performance with six hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work.
Boston struck first in the top of the first inning as Mike Carp hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and giving the Local Nine 1-0 lead. That would be all in the runs department for Boston until the top of the third inning when Shane Victorino hit his eighth home run of the year, a line drive to left field to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. From there, the game would belong to San Francisco.
After Roger Kieschnick singled to center field to open things in the bottom of the fifth inning, Joaquin Arias tripled to left field bringing Kieschnick home. Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, Marco Scuatro singled, and Brandon Belt did the same to advance Scutaro to third base. Buster Posey was up next and notched a productive out, a sacrifice fly that scored Scutaro. That would be all until the bottom of the ninth, where the Red Sox would lose control of the game.
A single by Kieschnick, a walk on the part of Andres Torres, and Hector Sanchez getting hit by a pitch would load the bases for Marco Scutaro. Brayan Villarreal was called in to replace Franklin Morales, and the ever-patient Scutaro managed to work a walk in his favor, giving the Giants a 3-2 win. With the tough loss, Boston hoped they could ease the pain of defeat with a victory on Wednesday.
Wednesday: Boston Red Sox 12, San Francisco Giants 1
Win: Felix Doubront (9-6) Loss: Barry Zito (4-9)
With the Red Sox looking to put Tuesday’s tough loss behind them, the two teams played afternoon baseball as Felix Doubront opposed Barry Zito. Doubront gave up five hits and one run in eight innings of work while walking one and striking out three. Zito gave up seven hits and six ruins (all earned) while walking two and striking out three in three and two-thirds innings of work.
The Red Sox got things going in the top of the second inning as Will Middlebrooks hit his 11th home run of the season, a line drive to left field that put the Red Sox ahead 1-0. They would give back that run in the bottom of the second when Joaquin Arias hit a solo shot to tie the game at one. From there, it was all Red Sox.
In the top of the third, Dustin Pedroia doubled scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and moving Shane Victorino to third. Jonny Gomes then hit a line drive scoring Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia. The offense continued in the top of the fourth as Shane Victorino doubled scoring Middlebrooks.
More offense would continue in the top of the seventh inning as Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia. That was followed by a Stephen Drew three-run homer and that made the score 12-1, a score that would be final come the end of the ninth inning. With the win, Boston took two out of three games from the Giants.
The team begins a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. The first pitch is at 10:10 PM.