Drew, Beckett Dominate Dbacks

Saturday, June 9, 2007

The Red Sox sent their best pitcher to the mound tonight hoping that he would walk all over the Diamondbacks. But Beckett really didn't have to do much. With help from J.D. Drew, who had seven RBIs of the teams 10, he was able to out hit the first eight guys in the Diamondbacks lineup. Beckett went eight strong innings, striking out eight and improving to 9-0 on the year. Doug Davis has turned out to be a bust for the Diamondbacks, struggling through four innings. He is now 4-7 with a 3.48 ERA. And the bullpen wasn't great either. Edgar Gonzalez went four innings giving up five earned runs. The Red Sox are on a two game winning streak and will send Julian Tavarez to the mound tomorrow with a comfortable 10.5 game lead in the division.

Bailey Strong In Debut: The Reds top pitching prospect Homer Bailey made his major league debut tonight, going five innings, striking out three and giving up two earned runs. However, his control was a little problem walking four. But it is still early and I am sure this will all be addressed before his next start.

Soriano Dominates Braves: Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano homered off Lance Cormier three times, his first coming on the first pitch of the game. Not only did Soriano dominate the Braves, but his roommate, top prospect Felix Pie did as well. Pie was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Besides Sean Marshall, who pitched six strong innings striking out four, each position player had at least one hit.