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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Red Sox go ballistic on Astros

The Red Sox sent the Astros to the moon tonight behind a 13 hit, 10 run fireworks display just in time for the holiday. They started strong behind a 3 run 1st inning on 3 singles and 2 walks before registering their 1st out. Salty hit into a fielder's choice driving in the 3rd run of the inning. Miller pitched a strong 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 Astros. His record now stands at 2-0, with a 3.06 ERA. At the end of 6 innings, the score stood at 4-2, favor Red Sox. They opened it up big time with a 4 run 8th inning when Darnell McDonald bought some time for himself when he sent a rocket into deep left field and over the wall. He's still way below the Mendoza line however (.125), lower than even Mike Cameron. We'll see what fate holds in store for him.

Gonzo continued on his holy reign of terror hitting his AL leading 27th double, 1 of his 3 hits on the night, raising his batting average to .353, also leading the AL. His 74 RBIs also leads the league. His HR total is lacking, though. His 16 HRs trails Toronto's Bautista by 10 HRs. He'll have to start flexing those muscles if he wants to be the 1st Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967. That is no complaint, however. The Sox are getting a most excellent return on their investment.

Yamaico Navarro entered the game when Youk got lost in the NL's pitcher's pinch hitter shuffle. He proceeded to hit his 1st Major League home run in his 1st at bat of this season in the 7th inning. His line now stands at an AL leading 1.000/1.000/4.000/5.000.

A few interesting Red Sox AL's top lines:

Player's name      BA        OBP          SLG       OPS
Navarro               1.000     1.000        4.000      5.000
Reddick                .452       .490          .714      1.204
Gonzalez              .353       .407          .593      1.000
Lackey                  .333      .333           .667     1.000
Ortiz                    .302      .383           .565       .948        

(Gonzo and Papi are the only 2 with enough ABs, but you knew that.)

Red Sox 10, Astros 4 BOX SCORE

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