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All across New England on Saturday, families were flipping burgers, grilling hot dogs, and preparing to watch the fireworks in person or on television later that night. They were first treated to a Red Sox game, hoping for some fireworks on the baseball diamond. All they got was a pitiful offensive effort in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Brad Penny allowed two runs on six hits in six innings pitched, but received the no-decision. The Sox bullpen was pretty good, allowing just one run in three innings, but the woeful offense left little room for error. Takashi Saito loaded the bases with three walks in the ninth inning, and allowed a bloop single that gave the Mariners the 3-2 lead, which former Sox hurler David Aardsma held onto for the save in the M’s win.
Jason Varitek, C: Varitek finished 2-3 with a two-run HR and a walk, basically providing all of the offense for the good guys.
Sox batters not named Varitek: These players combined to go 2-27 with three walks and seven strikeouts. Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury were the only other players with hits (each player went 1-4).
“This year I’ve been throwing a lot of strikes,” said Aardsma, who struggled with the Red Sox last season. “Last year if I threw ball one it would have been like, ‘Oh, here I go again.’ This year it’s not a big deal.”
W: Roy Corcoran (2-0)
L: Takashi Saito (2-2)
S: David Aardsma (17)