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These aren’t your father’s Red Sox. No, these are the Red Sox who have learned from the fellow sports teams in Boston on how to win. Before the game, the Red Sox honored the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins by holding their own duck boat parade around the Fenway warning track. After the mini-parade around the park, the team, led by Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup, each Bruin threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
As a nice touch, the Sox honored the B’s each time the Sox scored by playing the same foghorn and music the Bruins use when a goal is scored.
As for the game, the Red Sox got off the a quick 6-0 lead in the first on a three-run home run from Kevin Youkilis and RBIs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez. The Sox went on to to score 12 runs while holding the Milwaukee Brewers to just three runs for the 12-3 victory on Father’s Day.
Nyjer Morgan attempted to bring the Brewcrew back into the game with a two-run shot in the second inning off Tim Wakefield. Dustin Pedroia then had a solo homerun in the fourth followed by a David Ortiz RBI to keep the lead at six.
Pedroia had another RBI in the fifth with a sacrafice fly to bring in Josh Reddick. Marco Scutaro, who had been struggling all game, hit a two-run homerun into the Green Monster seats in the sixth for some insurance runs.
Prince Fielder retaliated with his 20th home run of the season, a solo shot that wrapped around the Pesky Pole in right. Gonzalez, though, finished things up with another RBI in seventh to make it 12-3.
With the win, the Red Sox improved to 43-28 and 21-14 at home. The Sox currently hold onto a two-game lead over the
New York Yankees for first in the AL East. Boston is 13-3 in the month of June thus far.
The Brewers, on the other hand, fell to 40-33 and 15-24 on the road. Milwaukee still holds a half-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division.
A-Gonz had a memorable day as he went 2-for-5 in the game with two RBIs, two runs scored and a triple that gave him his 1,000th hit in his career.
All the Red Sox players and fans appreciated the Bruins coming in and showing off the Cup especially Big Papi.
“It felt great,” Ortiz said of the Bruins’ pregame visit. “You don’t get to see a trophy like that every day.”
Tim Wakefield – Wakefield continued to be solid in the rotation, earning his fourth win of the season. He went 8.0 innings, striking out a season-high six batters while giving up three runs on three hits, two were home runs, and walking one batter.
Yovani Gallardo – Gallardo struggled early and often on Sunday afternoon. He gave up six runs in the first inning en route to giving up a total of eight runs on the day (only five earned). He gave up two home runs and nine hits while striking out four and walking two in 3.0 innings. Gallardo has been struggling lately as he has lost his last two starts after winning six in a row going back to the start of May. His loss on Sunday brought his record to 8-4 on the year after starting the year 8-2.
Dustin Pedroia – Although Youkilis or Gonzalez could get this, Pedoria gets the nod because he has struggled for most of the year. Pedroia went 3-for-4 for the game including a solo-home run in the fourth. Pedroia had two runs and two RBIs while raising his average to .269 on the year. The solo shot was his sixth of the year and he now has 32 RBIs for the season.
Corey Hart – After coming out swinging on Saturday with his seventh home run of the year, Hart went 0-for-4 on Sunday afternoon. He also struck out twice while only seeing 12 pitches in his four at-bats.
The Red Sox will hang around town as Gonzalez’s former team the San Diego Padres come to town. The Padres are currently hanging out at the bottom of the NL West division with a record of 30-43. Without Gonzalez, it’s unlikely the team will catch last year’s record of 90-72.
The Sox put Clay Buchholz on the 15-day DL with a lower back injury and called up former first round pick Andrew Miller. Miller was 3-3 with an ERA of 2.47 with Pawtucket.