A wild trip out west has resulted in some heartbreaking losses, some uplifting wins and two more major injuries for the Red Sox. It all comes to an end against one of the game's best pitchers in Tim Lincecum, who leads the San Francisco Giants into Sunday afternoon's finale with the Sox.
Boston is 2-3 on the trip after eight pitchers combined to throw a six-hitter in a 4-2 win Saturday. Clay Buchholz left after just one inning when he suffered a knee injury running the bases, but the bullpen made an early 4-0 lead hold up.
The injury to Buchholz came just hours after the Sox placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 15-day disabled list.
Lincecum has been his usual dominant self of late. He has won three straight and pushed his ERA back below 3.00 with eight outstanding innings in a win over Houston five days ago.
The Sox have no slouch on the mound in Jon Lester, who was a hard-luck loser at Colorado on the front end of the trip.
The Giants had won three in a row against the Red Sox at home until Saturday.
LHP Jon Lester (8-3, 3.03 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (8-2, 2.86 ERA)
Lester allowed just one run in six innings against the Rockies five days ago. He was taken out only because the Sox needed a pinch hitter in a key situation in the seventh inning, but he was going strong at the time.
The big lefty struck out six and walked just one before being removed in what ended up being his first loss in 12 starts.
Lincecum has won three straight starts and his 113 strikeouts are the second-most in the National League. Before the two-time Cy Young Award winner went on his personal winning streak, he had seen his ERA nearly double through some rocky outings. But he has allowed only two earned runs in 22 innings during the turnaround.
|Marco Scutaro, SS
Daniel Nava, LF
David Ortiz, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Victor Martinez, C
J.D. Drew, RF
Bill Hall, 2B
Darnell McDonald, CF
Jon Lester, P
|Andres Torres, CF
Freddie Sanchez, 2B
Aubrey Huff, LF
Buster Posey, 1B
Edgar Renteria, SS
Bengie Molina, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Tim Lincecum, P
The way things are going with the Red Sox these days, you can almost expect an injury to occur and for someone to step up and make it a non-factor.
That's likely not the route the club is hoping for. Instead, it would love to see Jon Lester get back into the win column. There's always a good chance of that — Lester is 6-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 interleague starts.
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