Sox Crush O’s 5-1

by Stacy Coronis

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 5, 2005

For a team that traditionally gives the Red Sox a problem, it sure didn?t seem that way on Sunday, when the Sox beat the O?s 5-1 to take two out of three against Baltimore.

In his first game back since a six game suspension, David Wells took the mound for the Sox and pitched a complete game win that continues to cement his place as the most reliable pitcher on the team. With six days rest under his belt, Wells was able to go a full nine innings for the first time this season and do it efficiently. Wells threw 114 pitches, 82 for strikes and he didn?t walk anyone. Over the nine innings, he allowed seven hits and struck out four on his way to upping his record to 12-6. Besides the obvious benefits, Wells? complete game gave the bullpen much needed rest.

''Not a whole lot has changed. He's always had a real live arm, a live fastball, good breaking ball, just a real durable pitcher. It's great to play behind someone like that because he never gets too deep into the count, he doesn't walk anybody, so you know the ball is going to be in play,? John Olerud, as quoted in the Boston Globe, told the media after the game.

Wells? counterpart, Rodrigo Lopez, started out having the same kind of game. Lopez didn?t give up a hit until the fourth inning, when David Ortiz singled, but that got the ball rolling and the Sox bats lit up in the fifth. Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller started things off with a single apiece. With two on and no one out, red-hot Olerud blasted a first pitch fast ball into the Sox bullpen. After the bases were cleared, Doug Mirabelli doubled to left, Tony Graffanino hit an infield single and Johnny Damon ripped a double to make it 5-0. On the down side, Damon injured his left shoulder diving back to the bag, where he was tagged out.

Olerud helped off the field as well. Olerud and Mike Timlin spent the pre-game posing for pictures and signing autographs to raise money to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, raising $25,000 on this day alone. The initiative began the night before, with catchers Mirabelli and Jason Varitek. The team will also auction off two Harley Davidsons and The Red Sox Foundation has been accepting donations totaling $50,000 since September 1st. The Red Sox also pledged to donate a portion of the revenue, at least six figures, from Monday?s make-up game with the Chicago White Sox.

To donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, clothing can be donated at Fenway park during the September 11th blood drive, which will also benefit hurricane relief. Money can be donated at the park during games and at www.redcross.org.

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