By recent standards, today’s game was relatively easy to watch. Despite eventually falling 4-3, this game showed excitement and was close pretty much throughout. Plus, we got to see a bit of offense, starting in the second inning off Blue Jays’ starter Carlos Villanueva. A one out walk for Cody Ross opened up an RBI opportunity for Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury promptly drove a pitch out to right-center which just cleared the outfield wall to fall in the bullpens and give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
It wouldn’t take too long for the Blue Jays to come right back, though. After a good start to the game for Clay Buchholz, he experienced his first bit of trouble in the fourth after getting Adam Lind swinging to open up the inning. He wound up allowing three consecutive singles to Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, and Jeff Mathis– scoring one run and putting runners at the corners. They got an additional run on a sacrifice fly for Omar Vizquel and one more on a sharp single to left for Adeiny Hechavarria to open up a 3-2 lead for the Blue Jays.
However, that would be the last major scoring outburst for a long time. The next run came in the sixth inning with one out when Dustin Pedroia tied things up with a line drive home run over the monster– his 14th of the season. However, it stayed knotted up at 3-3 all the way until the ninth, when Buchholz was still pitching. He allowed the Jays to load the bases with one out, and they eventually scored a run on a sacrifice fly for Omar Vizquel to make it 4-3. That would be the end of an 8.2 inning performance for Buchholz which eventually ended in a loss.