Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesRED SOX- Coming off a 7-5 loss to Chicago which left many a Red Sox fan wondering why they didn't pitch around Youkilis on Tuesday night, White Sox rookie Pedro Hernandez took to the mound against Felix Doubront and the Big Papi-less Red Sox on Wednesday.
In the first frame, Doubront gave up back to back singles to De Aza and Youkilis to open up the game, althought he would then get 2 outs when Adam Dunn grounded into a double play while De Aza advanced to third.
With two away in the top of the 1st, Chicago drew first blood with a Paul Konerko RBI single to make it 1-0. The top of the inning would then end on an Alex Rios fly ball to center field.
In the botton half of the first, Jacoby Ellsbury led things off with a leadoff double. Carl Crawford would strike out and Cody Ross would then fly out with Ellbsury still on second base. However, instead of getting stranded, Ellsbury flew home on an Adrian Gonzalez RBI single to tie up the contest at 1-1 before Middlebrooks hit a ground ball to shortstop to get Gonzalez at second.
It was still 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Hernadez gave up a pair of back to back singles by Ellsbury and Crawford to start off the inning. With two on and nobody away, Cody Ross would then belt a homer that cleared the Monster seats in left field to give Boston the 4-1 lead. After coughing up the homer, Hernandez would then allow a 1-out single by Will Middlebrooks before getting the inning to end on a fielder's choice and a popout.
After a 1-2-3 top of the 4th by Doubront, lightning would strike again in botton half of the inning. Hernandez allowed back to back singles by Ciriaco and Ellsbury with one away before getting Carl Crawford to pop up. That left him facing none other than Cody Ross with two away. Care to guess what happens next? It was pretty awesome. If you guessed another bomb over (or into) the Monster seats, give yourself a gold star. Once again Ross belted a 3-run homer to give the Red Sox some more insurance. This was immediately followed up by an Adrian Gonzalez solo shot to make it 8-1 Boston.
Getty ImagesMeanwhile, the only baserunner Doubront would allow after the massive outburst from Ross and Gonzo was a 6th inning 1-out walk to Konerko who was promptly erased when Alex Rios grounded into a double play to end the innning. Carl Crawford led off the bottom half of the 6th frame by getting hit by a pitch from Hector Santiago. For a second, it looked like Ross would have yet another homer to his name, but Cody's fly ball caromed off the Green Monster (instead of over it) and he was on board with a double. However, Gonzo would bring Crawford and Ross home with a 2-RBI single to make it 10-1 Boston.
That would be the final as Albers, Melancon and Miller came out of the bullpen to close out the game for Boston. Doubront went six complete innnings allowing four hits and just the one run while Cody Ross went 3-5 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Gonzo would go 3-4 with the solo homer and 4 RBI on the night- all 10 of Boston's runs were driven in by either Ross or Gonzo on Wednesday. Meanwhile Ciriaco has been quitely batting .400 ever since Pedroia went on the DL.
The Sox-on-Sox action at Fenway will wrap up on Thursday night when Clay Buchholz [8-3; 5.54 ERA] takes to the mound against Jose Quintana [4-1; 2.60 ERA]. In what's supposed to be the last day of the MLB preview for Time Warner cable and DirecTV sattelite customers, the game will be televised on NESN with a first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.
OTHER RED SOX NEWS- DH David Ortiz was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a strained right achilles attachment. The Red Sox slugger came up limping while rounding 2nd base in the 8th inning of Monday night's 5-1 win over Chicago.
Ortiz underwent an MRI on Tuesday and reportedly sought a 2nd opinion which ultimately concurred with the results of the first MRI.
Meanwhile, 2B Dustin Pedroia- who went on the DL before the All-Star break with a thumb injury- is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday and could return to the lineup as early as the final game of the White Sox series.