Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 7, Red Sox 5
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- In the series and season finale between the clubs, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Red Sox starter Aaron Cook lasted 4 2/3 innings, and allowed six runs on nine hits with no walks and no strikeouts. He tossed 86 pitches (61 strikes) as his record fell to 2-5. He pitched well in the first three innings but allowed a run in the fourth before Detroit pushed across five in the fifth.
Boston chipped away at its deficit with three runs in the sixth and another run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough, as the Red Sox saw their winning streak snapped at four games.
FINALLY: For the first time since April 27, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez increased his average to .300, with a 2-for-3 performance that included a walk and a run scored. He also has 10 homers and 62 RBIs.
CC RIDER: Carl Crawford had been struggling at the plate during the club’s recent road trip, going 2-for-17 with a home run. He entered Wednesday’s game 2-for-6 with two runs scored, a triple and two RBIs in this series. He was 0-for-3 in his first three at-bats Wednesday, but in the bottom of the seventh, he led off with a solo home run that landed in the Red Sox bullpen. It was only his second homer of the season since he was activated from the DL on July 16.
BADA-BING: Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder crushed back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth inning to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead. It’s the third time this season Detroit’s Nos. 3 and 4 hitters have accomplished the feat. Cabrera’s homer was a two-run shot that went over everything in left field, while Fielder’s blast landed in the center-field seats. Teammate Delmon Young added a solo homer off Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller in the eighth.
WEB GEMS: Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury turned in the defensive play of the game in the top of the fourth. With two outs, a runner on and the game tied at 1, Young crushed an offering from Cook and drove it to deep center field. Ellsbury, in an all-out sprint, made it to the warning track and made a diving catch at the base of the wall in the triangle next to the Red Sox bullpen. Fortunately, he wasn’t injured on the play, and he received a standing ovation has he jogged off the field.
Red Sox right fielder Ryan Kalish nearly matched the heroics with a dramatic catch in the top of the sixth. With one out and a runner on first, the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta lifted a high fly ball into the right-field corner. Kalish, starting his first game since his recall Tuesday, was in an all-out sprint and made a sliding catch on the warning track.
PICKET LINE: Cook recorded his first pickoff this season when he caught the Tigers’ Quintin Berry at first base in the fourth. Berry had reached base after being hit by a pitch. Cook attempted another pickoff in the inning after Fielder provided a two-out double. As he was sliding back to the bag, Fielder was drilled in the helmet by Cook’s throw. Trainers immediately tended to him, and fortunately, he was smiling and remained in the game.
UP NEXT: The Red Sox begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on Thursday. Boston will send left-hander Jon Lester (5-8, 5.49 ERA) to the mound to face Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno (2-0, 3.13). Lester is 1-3 with a 4.96 ERA in eight career games (seven starts) against the Twins.