Game 1: Red Sox Beat The Angels 4-1, Thanks To Jason Bay, Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury [2008 MLB Playoffs]

Jason Bay Steps Right Into Manny's Role With Some Heroics In His Postseason Debut

10/2/08 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jason Bay's 6th inning 2-run HR led the Red Sox past the Angels 4-1 to take a 1-0 lead in their American League Divisional Series. Bay struck out twice, but he came through when the Red Sox needed him most, driving in himself and Kevin Youkilis for the eventual game-winner and getting a double in the 8th, as well.

Jon Lester (1-0) was astounding. In 7 innings, Lester allowed no earned runs on 6 hits, and struck out 7.

John Lackey (0-1) pitched well for the Angels, but the HR he gave up to Bay was a costly one. The Red Sox have now won 10 straight postseason games against the Angels, dating back to 1986.

Justin Masterson pitched the 8th for the Red Sox, facing the heart of the Angels' lineup. He responded reasonably well in his first postseason appearance, holding the Angels scoreless, despite 2 hits. Vladimir Guerrerro tried to go from first to third on a bloop hit to short right field, and was thrown out at 3rd by Kevin Youkilis.

Jacoby Ellsbury also had 3 hits for the Red Sox, including a double, and a 9th inning RBI single. He also stole 2 bases, and made an amazing catch in the outfield to rob Mark Teixeira of a hit. David Ortiz added another RBI in the 9th, scoring Ellsbury from third, after he advanced on a Dustin Pedroia ground out.

The #2 through #5 hitters (Garrett Anderson, Mark Teixeira, Guerrerro, Torii Hunter) in the Angels' lineup went 8-15, but the rest of their hitters combined for only one hit.

Jonathon Papelbon threw a scoreless 9th inning to get his 5th career postseason save.

Game 2 is on Friday night in Anaheim, where Daisuke Matsuzaka will get the start for the Red Sox against Ervin Santana. Matsuzaka was 18-3 in the regular season with a 2.90, and Santana was 16-7 with a 3.49. The game is scheduled to start at 9:30 pm EST.
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