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Big Papi Powers Sox Sweep

Usually when Josh Beckett pitches poorly, the Red Sox are doomed. The ace should not be allowing six runs in seven innings of work. But, with this Red Sox offense, any mediocre effort could help towards a victory. The Sox got HR’s from David Ortiz (2), Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis in 11-7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to earn the series sweep. Ryan Braun had two HRs as well but it was not enough for the visiting Brewers.

Sox Stud of the Game:

David Ortiz is definitely back. Big Papi slugged two HR’s to the right field seats, giving him 10 for the season as he heads toward another 40-HR campaign. Oh…and that formerly atrocious batting average? After a 3-5 day on Sunday, his average now stands at .250. Considering how bad his start was, it’s incredible how far he has come.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

Josh Beckett looked a lot like a flashback from 2006. That Beckett finished the 2006 season with an ERA over 5.00. Last season, Beckett bounced back and became an ace for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. This season, he has been up and down. In this game he finished with seven innings and six runs on six hits and one walk. Not many baserunners…but the problem is that six scored because of four home runs allowed.

Interleague Dominance:

Despite the fact that it’s just┬ámid-May, Major League Baseball saw its first set of interleague series. The AL continues to dominate the NL, as seen in the Sox-Brewers series. Both doubleheader games were pretty close, but the Sox prevailed. On Sunday, the Sox churned out 15 hits and 11 runs en route to the series sweep.

Other Notes:

  • Manny Delcarmen pitched the eighth and allowed another earned run. His ERA stands at 5.82.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury was caught stealing for the first time in his major league career after 25-straight successful attempts.

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