Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Jason and Jed Get it Done for BoSox
The ninth inning was once again the Red Sox' best friend last night in Cleveland, as they broke a tie game (3-3) with two runs in the ninth.
Hideki Okajima got a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth for the save as the Red Sox (9-6) beat the Indians (5-9), 5-3.
Jed Lowrie made his major league debut, he played third base and collected his first career hit (a two-run single). He also had another RBI on a ground out.
Tim Wakefield started and had a good outing: six innings, seven hits, two runs (both earned), four walks and four strikeouts.
Cleveland starter Paul Byrd shut down the Sox, allowing just one run on six hits in six innings. He struck out six with no walks. He only threw 78 pitches so it was surprising that Eric Wedge yanked him so early when he was clearly effective.
David Aardsma (1-1) picked up his first win in a Red Sox uniform and it only took two pitches in the eighth.
Jason Varitek pinch hit and hit a solo home run in the ninth off Jensen Lewis before Kevin Youkilis (two hits) singled home Coco with the insurance run.
Boston goes to New York tonight for another of these dinky two-game series. Sox-Yankees in April, does it get any better?