|Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Done / Celtics 50 Wins – One Playoff Round / Belichick Contract Extension||Yoan Moncada and the Red Sox||Connelly’s Top Ten: David OverPriced, Sunday Bird, Complete Games (Or Not)||Two Red Sox Players Considered Serious MVP Candidates|
After the Red Sox scored 15 runs on Monday night and seeing 3-13 Jeremy Guthrie on the bump on Tuesday, Sox fans may have figured it would be the same result. That was not the case on at Camden Yards, as Guthrie silenced the Red Sox over seven innings allowing only two runs, while scattering eight hits, walking just one and striking out four.
The Orioles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off Red Sox prospect Kyle Weiland in the second inning. Mark Reynolds doubled, scoring Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold plated Matt Weiters on an RBI groundout. In the third inning, Weiters had an RBI single to make it 3-0, Os. Weiland did record a quality start for the BoSox on Tuesday night though, pitching six innings while allowing six hits and only three earned runs while striking out two.
The Sox fought back in the fifth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 3-2 Baltimore, but that was as close as the Sox would get. Adrian Gonzalez has two hits since the All-Star break and many wonder if the Home Run Derby has anything to do with his recent funk.
Derrek Lee and Reynolds added back-to-back jacks in the bottom of the eighth off of Alfredo Aceves to give the Os some breathing room heading into the final frame.
On a brighter note, Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 17 games while singling in the first inning. Pedey has also reached base in 29 straight tying a career best. Saltalamacchia continues to swing a hot bat as well. Josh Reddick added another three hits, making his case for the starting nod over J.D. Drew.
The Red Sox still have a 1.5-game lead over the Yankees for the AL East crown and are winners in eight out of their last 10. They look to salvage the series in a matinee game versus Jake Arrieta while Andrew Miller gets the ball for the Sox on Wednesday.