More of the Same
Thursday, May 31, 2012 – Fenway Park, Section 43
Tigers 7, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox won the first three games against the Tigers, finally getting above the .500 mark. By the time I got to Fenway for my next game, the Red Sox were still in last place, but they were only 2.5 games out of first in a tightly-bunched A.L. East. They were going for a four-game sweep of Detroit and finally seemed to be moving in the right direction. The Sox even took a 2-0 lead in the second, on a homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and an RBI double by Scott Podsednik.
Josh Beckett was helped out of trouble in the second, when Ryan Sweeney threw a runner out at the plate for an inning-ending 9-2 double play. But there was no bailing him out in the third, when he gave up 4 hits and a sac fly. Mix in a stolen base along the way, and the Tigers scored 3 runs to take the lead.
The Sox tied it up in the third, when Kevin Youkilis doubled and Saltalamacchia drove him in. But Salty’s errant throw on a stolen base in the fourth set up a run-scoring single that allowed the Tigers to retake the lead. The Red Sox bats went silent after that, with only an infield single and a walk for the whole rest of the game.
Franklin Morales gave up a homer in the eighth, then walked two. Matt Albers got him out of it, but Rich Hill gave up 2 more runs in the ninth, which featured a second throwing error by Salty and a triple. It just wasn’t anyone’s night, and all-in-all it had been a productive series, but it’s hard to focus on the positives when the game I go to is yet another loss.