Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Red Sox Sweep The Mariners, Win 5th Straight But Head Out On The Road To Play Some MLB Teams
Watching Boston (17-19, 9-11 home) beat up on shitbums like the Seattle Mariners (16-22, 9-14 away) does nothing for me, even when they roll like they did this afternoon-5-0 at rainy Fenway Park.
The Red Sox' fifth win in a row allowed them to finish 5-1 on this cakewalk homestand against Cleveland and Seattle.
To illustrate how hopeless the Mariners are, they let Josh Beckett (3-4) take a time machine back to 2007-when he was motivated and not a fat loser. He pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out nine. Seattle managed only four hits against him and he walked two. Rich Hill (8th) and Alfredo Aceves (9th) had clean innings for the shutout, something which barely alluded Jon Lester the night before.
On Tim Wakefield Day, David Ortiz (2 runs, 2 hits, walk) honored his old pal with a solo home run in the third. His eighth of the young season went into Boston's bullpen.
Mike Aviles had an RBI double in the fourth and Daniel Nava scored on the next at bat-Ryan Sweeney's ground out. Kevin Youkilis is set to start his rehab in the minors tomorrow but who cares, we've got Will Middlebrooks. The rookie third baseman provided an RBI single in the fifth while Aviles had another RBI double in the ninth to wrap it up and send Boston to the airport on a good note.
Things should really pick up in the next week and truth be told, we should know much more about this team over the next eight games: two in Tampa (23-14, first in the AL East), three in Philadelphia this weekend then three in Baltimore. The Red Sox took three of four a month ago as they faced the Rays in their season-opening home series but with the problems that Tampa Bay has given them the last few seasons, don't expect Boston to keep that up.
Tomorrow night (7:10 p.m., NESN) Clay Buchholz (4-1) faces Jeremy Hellickson (3-0) and Thursday night (7:10 p.m., NESN) Felix Doubront (3-1) opposes Matt Moore (1-3). Boston is in the middle of an insane 20 games in 20 days stretch, they've gone 6-6 so far and needless to say, these next eight games will give a good indication if the Red Sox are contenders at all this season or just a bully that beats up on bad teams (not named the Royals or A's).