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The Red Sox swept a day-night doubleheader at Fenway on Saturday against the Brewers behind strong starting pitching from Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game 1 and big offensive production from Mike Lowell in Game 2. Dice-K allowed two runs (zero earned) on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Sox held on to win 5-3 as Dice-K improved to 7-0. In Game 2, Tim Wakefield went five shutout innings until he faced trouble in the sixth, but finished with a respectable line: 5 1/3 innings, three runs, six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Mike Lowell’s studly hitting led the Sox to a tight 7-6 win for the day-night sweep.
Sox Stud of the Doubleheader:
Mike Lowell showed some huge power in Game 2 with a long two-run HR over everything in left field and also had a two run double earlier in the game to finish 2-4 with four RBI. Lowell didn’t play the first game because of the nature of the doubleheader, so he seemed well-rested in the nightcap. Lowell is now hitting .282.
Diamond Dud of the Doubleheader:
The Sox defense was atrocious, especially in Game 2. Four errors in two games? What’s really sad is Kevin Youkilis committed his first error of the season. Luckily, Youk was at third base, so his 222-game errorless streak at first base is still a major league record and still intact. There was no big culprit, as the errors are from four different players: Youk, Mike Lowell, Alex Cora, and Javier Lopez.
David Ortiz Batting Average Watch:
David Ortiz went 2-5 in the doubleheader with his eighth HR and two RBIs to go along with three walks. He’s walking, hitting the ball hard, and officially back. His average now stands at .239. It’s a far cry from where he was.