Boston's Latest Power Surge
In what seemed to be an early 2-0 lead for the Orioles turns into another power surge for the Red Sox. At first Red Sox starter Andrew Miller couldn't get it going, getting roughed up for two quick runs at the top of the first inning. Miller would then settle down allowing only three runs, six hits over five innings. The start was not anything to write home about, but it was solid for someone who's filling in for an injured Clay Buchholz.
Once the smoke settled, it was the Red Sox bats that did all the talking. Belting out 10 runs and dominating an Orioles staff that looked frustrated throughout the night. It was Dustin Pedroia that got things started, blasting a three run shot over Boston's famous Green Monster. "Wow. That's impressive. He hit that ball to the moon." said teammate David Ortiz on the home run. The homer, wasn't just impressive, it also set the tone for the offense to keep rolling along. In the fifth inning Adrian Gonzalez would then follow suit blasting one of his own into the stands for the Fenway faithful, that would be his 17th for the triple crown candidate. Next, would be All Star Jacoby Ellsbury hitting one in the stands for his 11th home run in the bottom of the sixth. It wasn't just the Sox big guns that were doing the work either, future big leaguer Josh Reddick and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also contributed to the power surge with homers that went over the bullpen for Reddick and into the Monster Seats for Saltalamacchia.
The surge was quite reminiscent to what the Sox did to the other bird team in the division, The Toronto Blue Jays. The bats stayed alive all night.
Though, all the news wasn't good coming out of Fenway. Manager Terry Francona still hasn't named a starter for Sunday's game "There's just no reason for us to do something premature," Francona said. "We'll see how we get through the week. We have, certainly, some ideas and some things to throw around, which we have. We'll have an announcement when we think it's appropriate." he told reporters. The likely candidate would be Alfredo Aceves, who filled in to spot start a few times already this season. Other pitchers that have been rumored to make the start have been Kevin Millwood and Kyle Weiland, both are currently pitching in AAA Pawtucket.