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The Sox came into Sunday’s game against Atlanta looking to take down the young sensation Tommy Hanson. Apparently Hanson didn’t get the memo. Instead, the Atlanta rookie silenced Boston’s bats with six shutout innings en route to his fourth win as the Braves defeated Boston 2-1.
The Sox couldn’t produce any offense for Brad Penny who gave a great performance with 6 IP, 2 ER, and 2 K’s. Atlanta’s production came way of solo home runs by Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson. Boston’s bullpen performed well with Takashi Saito and Daniel Bard combining for two shutout innings.
Boston tried to stage a ninth inning comeback with a Jason Varitek RBI single that scored Kevin Youkilis, but it wasn’t enough as Atlanta snapped a four game losing streak and prevented the three-game sweep.
Jason Varitek, C: Tek was the lone bright spot on offense by going 2-3 with an RBI.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury went 0-4 and left five men on base.
“We lost the game, so there’s no satisfaction in whether I’m pitching good.” – Brad Penny
W: Tommy Hanson (4-0)
L: Brad Penny: (6-3)
S: Mike Gonzalez (9)