July 28 – Angels (Escobar 6-9, 3.88) @ Red Sox (Lester 5-0, 3.04) 7:05 PM

6:43 Jon Lester tries to get the Red Sox back on track tonight, after getting hit hard in Oakland in
Jon_lesterhis last start. 
Second to Jonathon Papelbon as the Red Sox most promising rookie, Lester is 5-0 with a 3.04 ERA.  His opponent: Kelvim Escobar – 6-9, 3.88 ERA.  Escobar has given up 12 runs this year, which is one less than the Red Sox have hit in a week.

7:16 Game delayed for 1 hr.  Worst part about that is that I cannot watch NESN on mlb.tv because, on mlb.tv, I can watch the game, the whole game, and nothing but the game.

9:23 Lester and Escobar work scorless first innings.  Escobar strikes out the side and walks Papi, throwing 22 pitches.  Lester only throws 11.  Yankees winning 6-0 in 7th inning. 

9:47 Prior to the game, Jon Lester promised to reduce his pitch count.  In 3 innings, Lester has thrown only 35 pitches.

    Yankees won 6-0.

10:03 Guererro was caught leaning the wrong way and Lester picked him off.  Lester has now thrown 53 pitches in 4 innings (a little less than 13 per inning, or 120 in 9 innings).  Angels still lead 1-0.

10:35 What did I say about Coco Crisp?  Crisp hits a key double after Lowell strikes out and scores on Gonzo’s single.  Loretta grounds into a double play to end the innning, so the Red Sox only score 1.  1-1, Top 6.

10:45 It’s a pitching duel!  1-1 going to the bottom of the 6th, as Lester gets Juan Rivera to pop out to end the inning and strand runners at second and third.

11:00 Red Sox get a run on Manny‘s double on a hit and run after Ortiz gets an infield single.  Yes, you read that right.  Ortiz got an infield single, and Terry Francona put on a hit and run with him on first.  Manny lined one down the line in left to put the Sox up 2-1.

11:30 So much for all the young pitching talent…  Lester, Delcarmen, and Lopez all pitched in the bottom of the seventh, and gave up a total of 6 runs.  7-2 Angels.

 

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