Four Real? Sweep ! Red Sox vs Padres 7-4-13

Pete Lepak
RedSoxLife Staff Writer

Game 87
Allen Webster (see my January article on him here) finally got his first win of his career on Thursday afternoon, and the night time fireworks coundn't have been more appropriate. Webster pitched six innings, giving up two runs in a quality start that he has been waiting his whole career for. Boston bats fully supported Webster's cause, gathering 18 hits over the course of the eight innings.

1) So what? So let's dance! Bottom of the first inning, and Boston starts the game with three straight hits. Jacoby Ellsbury singles, Shane Victorino doubles, and then Dustin Pedroia takes a 2-2 curveball to the left field line to double and score Ellbury and Victorino. 2-0 Sox.

2)Rookie Buzz Everyone has been talking about Jose Iglesias's great start, and all Jose keeps doing is raking. The bottom of the fourth starts with a Mike Napoli single, then after starter Eric Stults gets the next two outs, Ryan Lavarnway singles to put two men on for Iggy. On a 1-2 pitch, Iglesias hits a hopper off Pesky's pole to score Napoli and put the Sox up 4-1.

3) He's cut! Webster's cut! While Allen Webster had pitched well all game, he runs into a wall in the fifth. With the all or nothing inning, Webster strikes out two, but also gives up two hits and a walk. The difference in this game versus others with Webster is that he minimizes the damage this inning and only lets the Padres score once. Will Veneble doubles on a 1-0 pitch, then Webster walks Chase Headley. Jesus Guzman, who had four hits today, does the damage, swinging at a first pitch fastball and putting in to left field for and RBI single. Webster gets Mark Kotsay to fly to Jonny Gomes in left field to end the inning. 4-2 Sox.

4) Just wearing out pitching Bottom of the sixth inning, and Boston puts the game out of reach with patience and high pitch counts. Lavarnway singles on his third pitch, then Jose Iglesias bunts for a single on pitch number four, his 18th infield hit of the season. With the bases loaded and no outs, Boston must score. Unfortunately, Victorino and Pedroia are retired, but Captain Clutch David Ortiz singles to right field, scoring two after facing nine pitches. Overall, Boston sees 35 pitches in the inning, putting the pressure on pitcher Burch Smith. 7-2 Sox.

Boston ended up winning 8-2 to sweep the three game series against the Padres and complete an 8-1 homestand at Fenway. Boston will fly to Anaheim and play the Angels tomorrow at 10:05pm in California. Enjoy your Fourth of July Red Sox fans!

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