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The Red Sox were out-pitched, out-hit, and out-classed by the Baltimore Orioles in a brief two-game series. Could the guard in the AL East be changing? Probably not, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In Game 1, Jeremy Guthrie calmed down after allowing three runs in the first inning to hold the Red Sox bats at bay in a 5-4 Orioles win. In Game 2 on Wednesday, the Sox were leading 3-0 again, but this time in the sixth inning. Then, the wheels fell off the bus and the Sox bullpen coughed up the lead and the game in a 6-3 Orioles win.
Sox Stud of the Series:
Manny Ramirez went 3-8 in the series with a walk and an RBI. He also had a comedic moment in Game 2: after making a running over-the-shoulder catch, Manny ran toward the wall as he was carried by his momentum. He jumped up and slapped a Red Sox fans’ hand and jumped down. He then gunned down the runner at first base for the double play. Typical Manny.
Diamond Duds of the Series: