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The Red Sox are extremely fortunate they have so much starting pitching depth. One of their eight potential starters (and perhaps their worst), Brad Penny, gave away a four-run lead against the Indians to help cost the Red Sox their 12th straight win.
Let’s pick up the action in the ninth inning. The score was tied 8-8 with a runner on third and two outs, and Javier Lopez on the mound. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a ground ball to first. Kevin Youkilis covered the grounder and flipped to Lopez, but the pitcher took his eyes off the ball and dropped it, giving the Red Sox a 9-8 loss.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: Pedroia continues to heat up as April comes to a close. He finished 3-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base to help fill out the stat sheet.
Bad Penny, SP: No, that’s NOT a typo. Penny was bad against Cleveland Tuesday night, allowing seven runs (just four earned) on seven hits and three walks in just 2.2 innings. He definitely wasn’t helped by errors from Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo (welcome back!), but he still gave the Red Sox no chance to keep their lead.
W: Kerry Wood (1-0)
L: Javier Lopez (0-2)