Webster Earns His First Win As Sox Sweep Padres

Photo Credit, CBS Sports

Photo Credit, CBS Sports

The Red Sox would roll into the finale of the three game series with the Padres looking for the sweep, following another Jonny Gomes walk off. Allen Webster took the mound looking to build on his last outing against the Blue Jays where he allowed 4 runs over 6 innings while striking out 3. Webster was also looking to earn his first win of his MLB career. He would be opposed by Padres starter Eric Stults, and this would be Webster’s day to shine.

Allen Webster looked good in the first inning. He allowed one base runner on a walk, but no damage was done. In the bottom of the 1st Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right, Victorino then hit a wall-ball double putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Dustin Pedroia wrapped a double down the left field line scoring both Ellsbury and Victorino. With Pedroia on 2nd and nobody out, David Ortiz  grounded out, advancing Pedroia to 3rd. Mike Napoli came up to bat with one out and a runner at 3rd. Napoli then stung the ball right back at the pitcher who caught it, looked to 3rd, and managed to double up Pedroia to end the inning.

The top of the 2nd inning Webster allowed a lead off single, but then followed that up with two fly outs and a ground out, getting him out of the inning after only 9 pitches. In the bottom of the 2nd inning Brandon Snyder hit a home run into the Red Sox bull pen. It was Snyder’s first in a Red Sox uniform and it put the Red Sox up 3-0.

The top of the third inning Webster walked free swinger Pedro Ciriaco and then brushed Logan Forsythe’s uniform to put two players on base with nobody out.  A looping single to left field by Will Venebale would follow, loading the bases with no outs. Webster got Carlos Quentin to fly out, Chase Headley then hit a deep sac fly to center field. After walking Jesus Guzman to reload the bases, Webster manages to get Mark Kotsay to ground out to end the inning. Red Sox still lead 3-1.

Webster cruised through the 4th with a perfect inning. In the bottom of the 4th the Red Sox had Mike Napoli and Ryan Lavarnway on base with two outs. Then Iglesias hit a double to score Napoli. Ellsbury got hit by a pitch to load the bases for Victorino. However, Victorino hit a fly ball to right field for the third out. Red Sox lead 4-1.

In the top of the 5th Webster had a little bit of a rough inning. He started the inning by striking out Forsythe, before giving up a double to Veneable. Then he struck out Quentin before walking Chase Headley. Guzman hit a single off the Monster to score Veneable . Webster then managed to get Kotsay to ground out to preserve the lead at 4-2. In the Bottom of the 5th Napoli doubled with two outs, Gomes singled to right center to drive in Napoli from second. Brandon Snyder struck out to end the inning. Red Sox lead 5-2.

In the Bottom of the 6th Lavarnway singled to lead off the inning. Jose Iglesias singled on a bunt, following that, Ellsbury singled to right field loading the bases with no one out  for Victorino. Victorino grounded to first, and the Padres got the force out of Lavarnway at the plate. Pedroia followed that by popping out to third base, then Ortiz worked an 8 pitch at bat before singling to right scoring Iglesias and Ellsbury. Napoli would fly out to end the inning. Red Sox lead 7-2.

Webster would be done after 6 innings. Andrew Bailey took over pitching duties and pitched a clean 7th inning while striking out two. Alex Wilson took over in the 8th for Bailey where he allowed a double and a walk, but escaped the inning with no damage on the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the 8th Jacoby Ellsbury hit his 2nd home run of the year to right field putting the Red Sox up 8-2. The Red Sox would head into the top of the 9th with an 8-2 lead with a good chance to get Allen Webster his first MLB victory. Wilson started the 9th inning getting one out before John Farrell replaced him with Craig Breslow who immediately gave up a double to Forsythe. Two fly outs to Jonny Gomes later, and the Red Sox win the game 8-2 and sweep the San Diego Padres right out-of-town.

Final: Red Sox 8, Padres 2

WP: Webster (1-2) (6IP, 2R, 5H, 4BB,4K)

LP: Stults (6-7) (4.1IP, 4R, 9H, 0BB,0K)

Offensive Player of the Game: Jacoby Ellsbury (3 for 4 with a HR)

Defensive Player of the Game: Allen Webster (6 IP,2R, first career win)

Interesting Notes of the Day:

The Red Sox went 8-1 on this past 9 game home stand.

Brandon Snyder hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform.

The Red Sox with their win today and the Orioles losing, now have a 4.5 game lead in the AL East before they head out onto a 10 game road trip to finish up the first half of the season.

 

Tyler Moore- MLB Contributor- Title Town Sports

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