3 Stars of the Games: Games 48-49

Ryan MacLeod
Contributing Writer

In typical Red Sox fashion it was you win some you lose some over the last two games. After getting blown out in the return of Terry Franconia as a manager to Fenway the Sox responded the next night with a blow out win. After splitting the first 2 games of the series the Red Sox look forward to the weekend games, looking to win the series 3-1 before the Philadelphia Phillies come to town. Here are the 3 stars of the games:
Game 48:
Star 3: David Ortiz
Ortiz provided the only run support for the Red Sox, with a 3 run home run. His home run was the 8th of the year and increased his RBI total to 34 on the year. He went 1-3 on the night and then was pinch hit for late in the game.
Star 2: Michael Bourn
Bourn had quite the game from the leadoff spot for the Indians. He went 3-6 at the plate with 2 RBI's and a run scored. He doubled in the 6th inning scoring a run and drove his other run in during the 5th inning with a single. He saw 27 pitches and struck out once.
Star 1:Mark Reynolds
Reynolds was the largest provider of offense for the Indians going 3-4 with 3 RBIS and a run scored. He hit singles in the 3rd and 6th innings scoring 3 runs combined. His 3 RBI night increased his season total to 40.

Game 49:
Star 3: Dustin Pedroia
Pedroia increased the lead in the 7th inning with a 2 out RBI single scoring 2. He went 2-4 on the night bringing his average up to .333 on the year.
Star 2: Mike Carp
Carp got the Sox offense rolling with a 3 run home run in the very first inning. To me it seems like whenever Carp gets a start he does something positive for the offense, while he doesnt deserve an everyday start he is nice to have on the bench when someone needs a day off. He went 1-2 with 3 RBI's and 1 run scored. He only saw 6 pitches and was pinch hit for by Jonny Gomes.
Star 1: John Lackey
Lackey? Who is this pitcher, where did he come from? Lackey who pitched 7 innings of 2 hit baseball allowing only 1 run, which was not earned. He struck out 8 and walked 3. He threw 109 pitches, 71 were strikes. Im not sure what is going on with Lackey right now, sometimes he pitches extremely well and other times he looks like he is nervous making his major league debut. Whatever it is I hope he keeps pitching well.

Well like I said earlier, you win some and you lose some, its time to win 2 more in this series and move on to the next one. What do you think the Red Sox need to do to win the remaining games against Cleveland? Leave your answer in the comments section or tell me on twitter @Ryanthahawaiian.