American League Game Summary - Chicago at Boston|
(Wednesday, July 18th)
Final Score: Boston 10, Chicago 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross hit a pair of three-run homers and
Felix Doubront picked up a milestone victory as Boston ripped Chicago, 10-1,
in the third edition of a four-game series from Fenway Park.
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 including a home run and tallied four RBI for the
Red Sox, who have won three of four.
Doubront (10-4) scattered four hits and one run over six solid innings to
reach double-digit wins for the first time in his career.
Paul Konerko walked twice and drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who
have dropped two of three in the set.
In his major-league debut, Pedro Hernandez (0-1) was rocked for 12 hits and
eight runs over four-plus frames. Following the game, he was optioned to
Triple-A Charlotte and a corresponding move will be made prior to Thursday's
"It's a bittersweet experience," said Hernandez of his debut. "You come up
here and you really get to see the talent of these players. I was happy to be
here but at the same token sad that I didn't get to help out the team."
The fireworks began in the home third, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford
singled ahead of Ross' first long ball, which cleared the Green Monster and
gave Boston a 4-1 edge.
In the following frame, Pedro Ciriaco and Ellsbury singled with one out and
two batters later Ross launched another blast over the Monster once more.
Gonzalez followed with an opposite-field shot and it was 8-1.
Boston moved into double digits in the sixth. Crawford was plunked to start
the inning, Ross doubled and Gonzalez plated both with a single.
After the first inning, Doubront only encountered trouble in the second --
leaving two runners on after fanning Alejandro De Aza. After a walk to Konerko
in the third, he retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced.
Matt Albers, Marc Melancon and Andrew Miller combined to hold the White Sox
hitless over the final three innings.
Chicago opened the scoring in the first, as De Aza and Kevin Youkilis singled,
De Aza moved to third on Adam Dunn's double-play grounder then scored on a
"I know the team is going to score runs," said Doubront about spotting the
White Sox a run in the first inning. "We have a good team, very good hitters.
I wasn't worried about that."
Ellsbury started the home half with a two-bagger and eventually scored on a
David Ortiz was the last Red Sox player to hit three-run homers in consecutive
at-bats, back on Aug. 12, 2008. Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez was the last player
to hit three-run homers in consecutive plate appearances. The Red Sox placed
Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right Achilles tendon, and
first baseman Mauro Gomez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket...Ellsbury
finished with three hits and scored three times, while Crawford scored a pair
of runs...Hernandez's ERA stands at 18.00.
07/19 00:38:33 ET