Apr 9, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves (back) celebrates their win with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Sweeney Lead Red Sox to Elusive First Win


It’s official-the Boston Red Sox have won a game in 2012. The panic button can finally be depressed because tonight the Sox got their first win of the season in a 4-2 come from behind win over the Blue Jays.

For all the things that have gone wrong in the first three games, tonight things went mostly the way you would want them to.

Solid starting pitching, excellent relief pitching and offensive output when it counts–the best recipe for a win.

The Red Sox got a solid outing from Felix Doubront who went 5 innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and struck out 6–throwing a career high 101 pitches in the game.

The Jays’ starter Henderson Alvarez was impressive as well. The 21 year old righty went 6 innings giving up 4H,1R,1BB and striking out 2 on a total of 95 pitches.

The Blue Jays got to Doubront in the third when Kelly Johnson hit a slow grounder to the right side of the mound after a Colby Rasmus triple. Doubront fielded and threw to Jarrod Saltalamacchia who wasn’t in position to block the plate, allowing Rasmus to elude the tag and score the first run of the game.

After Jose Bautista (0-4) flied out to right field, Edwin Encarnacion drove in Yunel Escobar with a line drive single.

The Red Sox would get a run back in the sixth when Henderson Alvarez threw a fastball up and in to Dustin Pedroia that ended up in the seats for a solo homer, but it wasn’t until the ninth that the Red Sox kicked it into gear.

Scott Atchison threw 3 scoreless innings in relief to give the Sox an opportunity in the ninth, which they cashed in on.

Dustin Pedroia smoked a Sergio Santos offering for a double to lead off the inning and J.P. Arencibia let one get by him to give the Sox a runner on third and nobody out for Adrian Gonzalez. Typical Gonzo–he got the job done. After working the count full Gonzalez got a pitch up and away that he lifted into left field, plenty deep enough to score Pedey from third. Tie game and they were just getting started.

After Kevin Youkilis struck out, David Ortiz and Cody Ross drew walks off Santos–who couldn’t get the ball over the plate–and Bobby Valentine elected to pinch run for Papi with Darnell McDonald, the move paid off when Ryan Sweeney ripped a single into right, scoring McDonald from second and putting runners on the corners. It would get worse for Toronto’s new closer.

With Salty at the plate, Santos threw a pitch that got away from Arencibia and went all the way into the Red Sox dugout, scoring Cody Ross from third and ending his outing with his second blown save in as many chances. Sound familiar? Not tonight.

With a 4-2 lead, Bobby Valentine chose to go to his closer Alfredo Aceves–who going into the ninth had a 1.000 BAA and an uncomputable ERA as he had yet to record an out in 2 appearances. Aceves got the job done in this one though, looking much better in doing so. He was consistently at 95 mph and displayed a swing and miss fastball. The result was a much needed 1-2-3 inning and a save for the newly appointed closer.

The Red Sox and their fans–myself included–can rest easy tonight. The Red Sox avoided another disaster and maybe now we can play some baseball.

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Tags: Blue Jays Dustin Pedroia Felix Doubront Henderson Alvarez Red Sox Ryan Sweeney

  • JLFCASH

    Doubront had a good first outing for a fourth starter. Love the fact that the bullpen didn’t get drained because of it. Guys like Padilla and Atchison who can throw multiple outings are so valuable to have. Aceves really needed that 1-2-3 ninth. Hopefully that gets things going for him. Now if Melancon can only do the same (take away the two meltdowns by Aceves and Melancon in games one and three and this bullpen actually isn’t too bad)/

  • http://www.cpasitesolutions.com/cpa-websites/ cpasitesolutions

    Sweeny is turning into a clutch hitter in times of need!  Even though we didn’t win the opener, he did his part to get us back into that game and he helped us get insurance in last night’s game.  Pedroia is awesome, glad he’s still a part of the team.  And I was pleasantly surprised that Atchison was kind of lights out.  Last year I wasn’t impressed.
     
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  • http://www.bosoxinjection.com/ John Green

    @JLFCASH I agree, Scott Atchison doesn’t have swing and miss stuff but he pitches to contact well and gets the job done. Doubront did very well, second best appearance from a Sox starter so far. Couldn’t get deep into the game but that’ll come in time I think.

  • http://www.bosoxinjection.com/ John Green

    @cpasitesolutions Pedroia’s undervalued salary is the best investment the Sox have made since they acquired Tek and Lowe. Unbelievable asset to this team.

    Sweeney will come back to earth but a change of scenery could be what he needed to cash in on his talent, we’ll see.

    Great game either way. Go Sox!