It took seven innings of baseball before the Red Sox and Orioles gave fans an indication of which way the table would tilt. Boston starter Clay Buchholz managed through 7 innings giving up just 3 hits and striking out 8 before his team provided some offensive punch in their half of the inning. Until then, Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen had closed down the Sox offense that just yesterday had decimated the Toronto Blue Jays in a 13-0 smack-down in Toronto. Dustin Pedroia was the first Boston base runner of the inning when Mike Napoli doubled off the center field wall leaving the Sox with men on 2nd and 3rd . Daniel Nava promptly broke the ice with a long ball that flew the Green Monster and looks to have landed somewhere in the parking area behind the Cask-n-Flagon.
Boston reliever Andrew Bailey allowed no runs in the top of the 8th and the Sox sent closer Joel Hanrahan to the mound to finish off the Orioles in the top of the 9th. Orioles CF Adam Jones provided a souvenir baseball to the front row of the monster seats, bringing the birds back within two. Despite giving the hometown fans heart palpitations, Hanrahan managed to close it out without further damage.
The Red Sox improved to a 5-2 start for the 2013 season. The Orioles fall to 3-4. Boston retains possession of 1st place in the AL East, 1.5 games ahead of Tampa before their game this evening with Texas. There is much chatter in the baseball blogs about Boston’s series victory against “less talented” teams and the challenges they would face against a squad like the Orioles. Naturally, one games does not a series make but objective observers might notice that there is some new chemistry in Beantown. While not the most talented team on paper – they have some of us wondering… are they are for real?
- Road Warriors return to Boston with two series in hand; Middlebrooks is Blue Jays’ Daddy (baseballtrashtalkin.org)
- Red Sox-Orioles Live: Clay Buchholz, Sox Ready to Host Orioles in Home Opener at Fenway Park (nesn.com)
Categories: American League Happenings