Saturday, July 25, 2009

Red Sox Break Their Winning Streak But Still Don't End Their Batting Woes...Boston 3 Baltimore 1

OK, OK, it's OK. The Boston Red Sox finally broke their five game skid with a light hitting 3-1 victory over the last place Baltimore Orioles. They did it with great pitching. Starter Brad Penny pitched his finest game in a Boston uniform and the bullpen took over in the seventh and put up goose eggs to end it. The team hasn't come out of their lumber slump YET but the great start by Penny was good enough. Here's what his catcher had to say...

“We have to find ways to win. We haven’t really gotten rolling offensively,” said Varitek. “We weren’t able to hit the ball all over the ballpark tonight, but we were still able to grind out a win.”

Brad Penny pitched well and his team scored enough runs to win the game...barely. Brad was able to go six and a third innings and allowed that one earned run on five hits, uncharacteristically walking nobody and whiffing five. Good job, Brad. The Boston 'pen took over from there and blanked the Birdies the rest of the way although closer Jonathon Papelbon made it interesting in the ninth. He loaded the bases on two singles and a walk but literally blew away the final two batters for the victory and his 25th save. Here's Red Sox manager Terry Francona talking about his starting pitcher of the day, Mr. Brad Penny...

“Tonight, as good as he felt, he didn’t get carried away with how good he felt and he still pitched,” said Francona of Penny. “And that’s a real good combination. He felt good about himself, the ball came out good, he was aggressive.”

As almost always, Tito nailed that reply. And tonight, there is more Fenway NIGHT baseball with Guthrie ready to face Lester. Let's try to START a winning streak to keep pace or overtake those white-hot pinstripers. Gametime is shortly after 7pm EDT on NESN, NESN HD and all the usual radio suspects. You can click on this post's title for more Sox stuff and your comments would be great. As always, BE WELL. I mean that!! GO SOX.

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