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The Boston Red Sox finished off their month of May in suitable fashion. On New Hampshire Day at Fenway Park, the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1 to salvage a split of the series heading into tomorrow’s day off. After a much-needed sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Sox came into this four-game series with the Royals confident and collected. They have been steadily getting healthier (with the exception of the bizarre on-goings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett), and climbing the standings in the very competitive A.L. East.
The first two losses of this series were somewhat overshadowed in this city by the Celtics finally overcoming the Orlando Magic to head back to the finals, but this was a series the Boston could not overlook, as the Royals are right at the top of the league in team batting average. After the most impressive pitching match-up of the weekend lived up to it’s hype on Saturday night, with Clay Buchholz one-upping Zach Greinke, the Sox entered Sunday needing a split to end this impressive month of May on a high note. And they got it.
Jon Lester’s start was a definite microcosm of his season so far. After a slow start littered with three of his four walks, Lester was able to settle down for seven solid innings of four-hit ball, allowing only one run and striking out five. Lester was able to give way to Manny Delcarmen (who is coming on extremely well lately) and Joe Nelson to close out the game and claim his sixth victory of the season. After starting this 2010 season off looking some kind of terrible, Lester is 6-0 in his last seven starts with a 1.43 ERA.
Bruce Chen filled in admirably in his spot-start for the recently injured Gil Meche, going four innings and only surrendering one run on four hits and striking out five. However Chen’s arm has yet to be stretched out to full capacity on such short notice for the start, and he had to be lifted after 75 pitches. He then gave way to Brad Thompson, who proceeded to blow up the game for the Royals by giving up six runs on seven hits.
The Boston offense was charged up today by Mike Cameron, who had two doubles and two RBIs, and a two-run homer by David Ortiz, whose month of May has been one of the highlights of this surging team’s rise from what many had considered their lowest depths in years.
2-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored. The elder Cameron probably won’t be 100% for the rest of this season himself, but with uncertainty of Ellsbury’s ribs plaguing the team’s outfield structure, the Sox are going to have to heavily rely on Cameron and Jeremy Hermida to carry them for as long as possible.
Please don’t take this as me thumbing my nose at our country, or all of those brave souls who have fought and are fighting for these great United States. I do love this country. But the white cap with the red bill? Just wasn’t feeling it. I do love the idea of having the Red, White, and Blue (yes, I capitalized them. U.S.A! U.S.A!) embroidered into the logo on the front of the cap, but couldn’t we have kept the cap itself in the old traditional blue?
W: Jon Lester, (6-2)
L: Brad Thompson, (0-4)
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Brad Thompson, Bruce Chen, Clay Buchholz, Fenway Park, Gil Meche, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jeremy Hermida, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Kansas City Royals, Manny Delcarmen, Mike Cameron, Tampa Bay Rays, Zach Greinke