Written by Chris Slade
Game one kicked off at 1:05 ET with Miguel Gonzalez and Jon Lester on the mound. Both were on their game this afternoon in a pitchers duel that lasted 8 innings for the both of them. The Red Sox scored first in the 2nd inning when strugglign Stephen Drew hit his 1st home run of the season. The Sawx scored another run, unearned, off an RBI single from Brock Holt followed by a missed catch at first from Steve Pearce. The Orioles scored thir two runs of Lester in the 3rd, both unearned. Pearce reached on a throwing error from Xander Bogaerts that allowed two runners to score. That would be it until the 9th inning when the Red Sox won on a walkoff bloop RBI single off the bat of Jonathan Herrera.
Miguel Gonzalez entered today's game having struggled in his last three outings. With Bud Norris set to return to the rotation soon, some considered today's outing crucial to whether Gonzo would remain in the rotation or not. Well, boy did he deliver perhaps his best outing of the season.
His lone blemish was the Stephen Drew home run in the 2nd inning and the unearned run that also scored that inning. From then on, Gonzalez was stellar and cruised through the 8th inning, going toe to toe with Jon Lester, who was also on his game today.
Gonzalez allowed seven hits over his eight innings of work, but killed any chances of potential rallies by coming up with key strikeouts and groundouts. His fastball command was on today and his slider and splitter showed nice break and were effective out pitches at times. He deserved a win today but didn't recieve the necessary run support.
Final Line: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R , ER, 2 BB, 6 K, No Decision
T.J. McFarland entered the 9th in a tied ballgame and wound up taking the loss. Jonny Gomes led off with a groundball single and was moved over to second base on a sac bunt. Jonathan Herrera than doinked a single into center that brought home the winning run.
Jon Lester stymied the Oriole bats today and spotted his pitches supremely well, not walking a single batter over the course of 8 innings. He allowed just five hits and had Xander Bogaerts not made a throwing error in the third, he may have gone for a shutout.
Caleb Joseph surprisingly picked up two of those five hits today, the lone multi-hit game from the Oriole offense.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
The Orioles turned a key inning ending double play in the 5th inning.
As mentioned before, Steve Pearce missed a catch at first base, that to be fair, was not on target from Jonathan Schoop.
Key Moments In The Game
The missed catch at first proved to be a crucial mishap in this game. Holt would have been safe anyway which is why he was credited with a single. But, had Steve Pearce made the catch on the wide left throw from Jonathan Schoop, the runner at third would not have scored.
Of course, the Orioles two runs both came as a result of errors so things evened out. Delmon Young reached on a throwing error from Dustin Pedroia to lead off the 3rd. Caleb Joseph also reached on a single.
With two outs and the runners going, Steve Pearce grounded to short, and Xander Boagaerts crucial throwing error allowed both runs to come in. This crucial error gave the Orioles a chance in a game they might have other wise been shut out in.
Other Notes/ Musings
Today marked Miguel Gonzalez's first foray into the 8th inning all season. Well done, sir.
Steve Pearce went 0-for-4 today and made an error at first. Wow, this cannot be.
Chris Davis is now
Tonight's game will start at the standard 7:05 ET. Ubaldo Jimenez and John Lackey take the mound.
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