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The Red Sox have run into a bit of trouble on the current road trip out west. They lost two of three to the Rockies, including an excruciating loss during Jonathan Papelbon’s blown save on Wednesday night. Looking for a fresh start in San Francisco, the Sox got off on the right foot on Friday night.
Kevin Youkilis got the party started with a three-run shot off Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez in the first inning. It seemed as if the Red Sox were going to get back on track, starting in the first inning of the first game of the series. The party wasn’t very fun for the Red Sox the rest of the way, as they were shut out over the next seven innings by Giants pitching, despite a total of 10 walks on the night.
Spotted a 3-0 lead, 43-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield coughed up three runs right back in the second inning. After allowing an RBI single to Buster Posey, Wakefield, who’s normally a strong fielder and a good athlete, made an errant throw to first off Sanchez’s bunt, allowing two more runs to score.
The G-Men took a 4-3 lead the next inning on Juan Uribe’s home run, but were held scoreless until the eighth inning as Wakefield settled down. In the 8th, the Giants scored what became a huge insurance run off Ramon Ramirez, who was pitching in for relief of Wakefield (7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K). Old friend Freddy Sanchez did the trick, clubbing a sac fly to right to give the Giants a 5-3 lead.
SF closer Brian Wilson had a tough night, and had to throw a season-high 42 pitches over an inning and a third, but he managed close the game after allowing a run. Darnell McDonald grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs, marking the third time in the game the Red Sox had left the bases loaded. The Sox bats just didn’t have enough in the end, losing 5-4.
Kevin Youkilis was the only Red Sox batter to collect two hits, and he was part of both of the team’s scoring plays. He hit a three-run shot in the first inning, and scored a run in the ninth on a Victor Martinez RBI single. He had tripled in the inning.
The mediocre second season with the Sox continued for Ramirez, who allowed a crucial run in the eighth inning, giving the Giants a two-run cushion a the time.
W: Jonathan Sanchez (6-5)
L: Tim Wakefield (2-6)
SV: Brian Wilson (21)