Weekend with the Reds
*Game One – Hector Noesi in the office. Reds 10 and Sox 4
Hector took a line drive off his hip in the second inning and departed, with Scott Carroll taking over, also in the office was Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings and Jake Petricka
It was a quiet game til the top of the 6th when the Reds opened the scoring with a 2 – 0 lead. The added another run in the top of the 7th for a 3 – 0 lead.
The bottom of the inning saw the Sox offense finally get going when Alexei Ramirez smacked his 100th home run to left center. Sox 1 and Red 3.
The top of the 9th saw the reds pile on 7 more runs for a 10 to 1 lead, the bottom of the inning saw Jose Abreu’s solo shot to left add a second run to the Sox total, Adam LaRoche walked and moved to 3rd on a double by Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie with a Sac Fly to right, gets LaRoche home for a 10 to 3 Reds lead, with Garcia at 3rd Ramirez, grounding to the shortstop brings Avi home for the last run the Sox were able to score.
*Game 2 – Carlos Rodon in the office, Sox 8 and Reds 2
Rodon has made me eat my words, to be honest after his first 2 appearances I honestly thought that him starting would be a disaster but in 6 innings with 8 strikeouts and 4 walks he held his nerve and did very well from what my Sisters have shared with me. Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and David Robertson who now has an ERA of 0.00 after this game.
The Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd with Avi Garcia already on base, Alexei Ramirez smacks home run #101 for a 2 – 0 Sox lead.
Top of the 3rd the Reds would tie the score at 2 all. ( It would be the Sox from here on out doing all the scoring.)
Bottom of the 4th the Sox would take back the lead when, Ramirez doubles to left and Gordon Beckham with a single to left would bring Ramirez home for a 3 to 2 lead.
Bottom of 6th would see the Sox add two more runs with Solo shots from Avi Garcia and Beckham. Sox 5 and Reds 2.
Bottom of the 7th would see the Sox add the final runs of the day when, Eaton walked and went to second on a balk by the Reds Pitcher, Melky Cabrera’s single to center would see the speedy Eaton cross the plate, Melky moves to second on an Abreu line drive to right, LaRoche with another single gets Melky home and holds Abreu at 3rd. LaRoche scores the 8th and final run of the day on a Gordon Beckham Sac Fly
*Game Three – John Danks in the office. Reds 3 and Sox 4
John Danks would finally have a confidence building outing that he was much needing. in 7 innings he struck out 4 and walked 3. Danks had help in the office from, Zach Duke and David Robertson.
Bottom of the 2nd would see the Sox open the scoring when, Tyler Flowers doubles and J.B Shuck walked when, Emilio Bonifacio would tap a soft line drive to right bringing Flowers home and Shuck to 3rd for a 1 – 0 Sox lead. Cincy would tie the score in the top of the 4th inning
Bottom of the 7th and 8th would see the Sox add 2 more runs for a 3 to 1 Sox lead. Cincy would tie things up at the top of the 9th, forcing the Sox to bat in the bottom of the inning to win the game or send it to extra inning.
Bottom of the 9th – Abreu and LaRoche would both get out, leaving the classic 2 out run rally to get started, and it did when, Garcia and Ramirez both singled, with Avi held up at 2nd base. with Beckham at the plate, a wild pitch would move the winning run of Garcia to 3rd and Ramirez to 2nd. Beckham smacked a line drive to right bring Garcia home for the winning run and taking the series 2 takes to 1.
It is a quick trip for a 3 game series with the Brewers in Wisconsin before a day off and packing the bags for a trip out west to see the Oakland A’s