A SEASON IN THE DRINK
(CHICKEN & BEER) ...
Pedroia stands tall against the Royals

July 26, 2011 ... Dustin  Pedroia hit cleanup and stood tall, pounding out four hits to help the Red Sox to a 13-9 victory against the Royals. Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a triple in the first inning. He later added a double and two singles along with a walk. He scored three times and drove in another.

Pedroia has hit cleanup seven times in his career. He is 17 for 31 (.548) with seven extra-base hits and nine RBIs. He came to the plate in the eighth inning a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. The battered Royals had an outfielder, Mitch Maier, on the mound by that time. He took a big swing and bit a fly ball to deep left field. As the crowd of 37,460 tried to will the ball over the wall, it landed in the glove of Alex Gordon.

David Ortiz also had four hits, three of them doubles, and drove in five runs. Adrian Gonzalez was on base four times and drove in two runs. The 3-4-5 segment of the order had 10 hits, scored six runs, and drove in eight.

The Sox needed all of the offense as starter Andrew Miller gave the team good reason to seek a starter before Sunday's trade deadline. He gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings. Miller has a 5.45 earned run average in seven starts since being called up from Pawtucket. The tall lefthander pitched well in three starts against National League lineups after his arrival. But in four starts against American League teams since, he has a 7.94 ERA and a 2.29 WHIP with just four strikeouts in 17 innings.

Francona had a blunt assessment, saying Miller didn't locate his fastball very well or throw to the spots where catcher Jason Varitek set up. Miller allowed two runs in the first inning, then two more in the second after the Sox tied the score. When the Sox took a 5-4 lead in the third inning, he gave up three runs in the fourth.

The invaluable Alfredo Aceves (6-1) went 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, saving the bullpen the night after a 14-inning game. Aceves is 5-0 with a 2.50 earned run average in 25 relief appearances.

Rookie lefthander Danny Duffy, the Kansas City starter, also had a rough night. He allowed six earned runs on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. The fifth inning resembled a disorganized tee-ball game as the Sox sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs. Josh Reddick and pinch hitter Jacoby Ellsbury started it with singles against Nathan Adcock (1-1). Drew Sutton, another pinch hitter, put down a bunt that was thrown away and two runs scored. Marco Scutaro walked, bringing Blake Wood into the game. Gonzalez (RBI single), Pedroia (single), Ortiz (two-run single), and Carl Crawford (single) had consecutive hits. Reddick then had a sacrifice fly.

Pedroia's hit streak is the longest for a Sox second baseman since Del Pratt had a 23-gamer in 1922. Dom DiMaggio has the team record with 34 consecutives games in 1949.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

9

15

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

3

1

6

0

1

0

x

 

 

13

16

1

 

 

W-Alfredo Aceves (6-1)
L-Nathan Adcock (1-1)
Attendance - 37,460

2B-Hosmer (KC), Butler (KC), Aviles (KC),
Francouer (KC), Gordon (KC), Ortiz (3)(Bost),
Scutaro (Bost), Pedroia (Bost), Ellsbury (Bost)

3B-Pedroia (Bost)

HR-Varitek (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Darnell McDonald cf 2 1 0 .156  

 

Drew Sutton ph/3b 1 1 0 .292  

 

Marco Scutaro ss 4 2 1 .262  

 

Adrian Gonzalez 1b 3 3 2 .348  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 3 4 .304  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 0 4 .306  

 

Carl Crawford lf 5 0 1 .248  

 

Jason Varitek c 5 1 1 .235  

 

Josh Reddick rf 4 1 1 .362  

 

Yamaico Navarro 3b 1 0 0 .179  

 

Jacoby Ellsbury ph/cf 3 1 2 .321  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Andrew Miller 3.2 9 5 2 1  
  Alfredo Aceves 3.1 3 0 0 3  
  Matt Albers 1 0 0 1 1  
  Franklin Morales 1 3 2 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2011 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 63 38 -

 

 

New York Yankees 61 40 2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 53 49 10 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 51 52 13

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 41 58 21