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The Red Sox scored just one run in Game 1 against the Reds, and Manny Ramirez left that game with a hamstring injury. Without David Ortiz and Manny, the Sox took the field Saturday amid doubts of their ability to score runs. So…how did they do? The Sox slugged six homers in the final two games, winning 6-4 in 10 innings on Saturday and taking the series with a 9-0 shutout win on Sunday.
On Saturday, Kevin Youkilis played his first game in his home town of Cincinnati and went 3-5 with a HR and two RBIs. His HR came in the 10th after a Jonathan Papelbon blown save. Coco Crisp added a solo shot following Youk to give the Sox a 6-4 lead. Craig Hansen held on for his first save of the season in the Sox win.
Sunday’s rubber match saw four Sox HRs, including a Coco Crisp HR for the second-straight day, and a strong start from Josh Beckett (7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K) in a pretty easy 9-0 shutout victory for the Sox. Boston is now 5-1 in interleague play this season.
Sox Stud of the Weekend:
Coco Crisp was clutch in Game 2 with a HR in the tenth inning, and he remained consistent in Game 3 with another HR. Overall, Coco was 3-10 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in the two Sox wins. Everyone seems to be stepping up all over the lineup for the Red Sox in the absence of David Ortiz and now Manny Ramirez.
Diamond Dud of the Weekend:
Red Sox pitchers. No…not for their pitching, but their hitting. In the two weekend games, Sox pitchers went 0-6 with 4 K’s. In 2006, Beckett (0-3 on Sunday) hit a HR against the Phillies in interleague play, so he can rake it if need be. Wakefield (0-3 on Saturday) is always known as a good all-around athlete, as exemplified by his defensive skills. He also has one career HR…to go along with a career batting average of .119.