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Of course, after the first two games that saw the Red Sox and Mariners pick up blowout wins, there would be a pitcher’s duel in the series finale. Pitching for the Red Sox was rookie Justin Masterson, who was going for his third win against zero losses. Opposing him was lefty Erik Bedard, who has given Sox hitters trouble in the past. Both pitched well, but it was Masterson’s six-inning, one-run performance that helped the Sox to a 2-1 win.
The Sox lost 8-0 in Game 1 after a rocky performance by Bartolo Colon (5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Three Red Sox errors really didn’t help the cause, and combine poor defense with untimely hitting and mediocre pitching and you get an 8-0 loss. In Game 2, the Sox rebounded in a big way behind a strong start from Tim Wakefield (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) and big games from J.D. Drew (3-5, 3B, HR, 2 RBI) and Manny Ramirez (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB) to win 11-3.
Sox Stud of the Series:
J.D. Drew has really stepped up with David Ortiz out of the lineup. Drew went 6-11 (.545) with 2 HR, 1 3B, and 4 RBI to help the Sox win two out of three games. I think he’s going to have a nice season now that he has one year in the American League under his belt and that his sick child is doing better. I know he shows no emotion, but if he hits like this, I don’t care if he’s a robot.
Diamond Dud of the Series:
I’m starting to feel bad for Dustin Pedroia. After another 0-4 in Sunday’s game, Pedroia is all the way down to .266. What I like about Dustin is his ability to see so many pitches per at bat. NESN pointed out that in his three at bats against Erik Bedard on Sunday, Pedroia saw 23 pitches (more than seven per at bat). That’s a positive sign that indicates to me he should be turning it around soon.