Saturday, July 22, 2006

Home Run Derby, Then King Felix

The Sox took Game 1 vs. Seattle in a breeze Friday night, hitting five homers off Mariners starter Jamie Moyer. Final score was 9-4. Dongs came from Ortiz, Varitek, Manny, Gonzalez and Youkilis.

Game 2 was an entirely different story, thanks to young Mariners phenom Felix Hernandez who fireballed his team to a 5-2 win today and stopped the Sox' five-game winning streak. King Felix has suffered from the sophomore jinx this year, but he was dominant through seven before giving way to the bullpen. The Sox, meanwhile, brought up a young lefthander named Kason Gabbard from Double-A to start today in what would have been Tim Wakefield's spot. Gabbard pitched respectably, giving up two runs in five-plus innings. He was the hard-luck loser, and didn't get any help from Alex Gonzalez, who made a key error in the fifth that helped the Mariners take the lead.

Yankees beat Toronto today, so the lead is 2-1/2 games. Rubber game is tomorrow at 4:05. Native son Jon Lester vs. Jarrod Washburn.

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