04 June 2010

Sox @ Baltimore: Revenge on the Birds

Boston 11 - Baltimore 0

Buchholz threw a 5-hit complete-game shutout, and Scutaro, Beltre, and Youkilis hit homers. There was never much doubt about this one.


Failure to dominate bad teams, including the dreadful sweep we suffered from Baltimore a month ago, has cast a shadow on our record so far in 2010. To move firmly out of our tie with Toronto, we need to do well in this series. And let the Jays (Cecil 5-2, 3.81 ERA, 109 ERA+) and Yanks ("Butt-head" Burnett 6-2, 3.28 ERA, 124 ERA+) beat up on each other tonight.

According to Extra Bases, Francona commiserated with Dave Trembley before the game. The Orioles' manager was fired this morning, and Terry knows what that's like. 3B coach Juan Samuel takes over; maybe ours should have.

We will continue to operate with a makeshift outfield. With Hall, Hermida (and McDonald) showing signs of life at the plate, that's not such a bad thing; maybe Hermida is more comfortable in left for away games. Apparently, Cameron's available to pinch hit.

RED SOX (31-24)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Victor Martinez C
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Bill Hall CF

Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (7-3, 2.73).

ORIOLES (15-39)
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.18).

Buchholz is looking great lately, and of course Baltimore was the victim of his 2007 no-hitter...but we know that's not much of a factor.