It was home, sweet home
Boston for The Nation after having their first win of the season on April 8th. And winning
against great rival Yankees just made it sweeter.
Starting pitcher John
Lackey was no better that shaky Phil Hughes but was lucky enough to get the
win. Both have 6 ERs and gave 2 free pass to first base. Bartolo Colon, who has
been pitching the way he was expected to, took the lost.
Dustin Pedroia hit his
first home run of the season in the first inning but the damage started in the
second inning. J.D. Drew, who has always been a challenge to Phil Hughes,
hit a single followed by a base hit of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Jacoby
Ellsbury loaded the bases with his fly ball to right field.
Marco Scutaro’s at-bat
ended to a force out but he sent Drew and Saltalamacchia home, giving the Red
Sox a 3-2 lead.
Still in the second
inning, Dustin Pedroia hit a 2-run single then advanced to second base on a throwing
error by Curtis Granderson. The Red Sox second baseman scored on Adrian
Gonzalez’ soft ground ball to left field. David Ortiz hit a line drive single
to center field and cause Gonzalez to score the fifth run of the inning.
Those 5 runs in the second
gave pitching coach Larry Rothschild the green light to replace Hughes with
Bartolo Colon who played for the White Sox in the previous season.
A-Rod tied the game in
the top of the fifth, but Saltalamacchia’s double in the bottom put the Yankees
behind the Red Sox.
J.D. Drew hit a 2-run
single in the seventh, giving his team a 9-6 lead. Daniel Bard in the eight and
Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth both needed just 11 pitches for 3-up, 3-down
stay on the mound.