October 13, 2013

Red Sox in ALCS: 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 loss

Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit bullpen hold the Red Sox hitless until the ninth and cling to a 1-0 win in Game 1.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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David Ortiz
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There were numerous contemplative, what-can-I-do-to-get-a-hit looks Saturday night for the Boston Red Sox. And no wonder. David Ortiz and his teammates struck out a total of 17 times and managed one hit in a loss to Detroit.

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Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers had trouble with command but was tough when he had to be, including a Stephen Drew strikeout to end the sixth with the bases full.

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Drew came up. He took the first pitch for a ball, then fouled off three straight pitches. He swung and missed at a slider, and Sanchez had his 12th strikeout, with six walks and no hits.

Lester got one out in the seventh but then hit Iglesias in the foot. That ended his night. Junichi Tazawa relieved. Iglesias reached second on a groundout, but Tazawa got Torii Hunter to fly to right.

Al Alburquerque relieved Sanchez to begin the seventh. Boston sent up left-handed pinch hitters, but Mike Carp grounded out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Ellsbury then struck out for the third time.

Craig Breslow relieved in the eighth. He walked Fielder and gave up a two-out double to Peralta, then intentionally walked Infante. Avila flied out to end it.

Jose Veras relieved in the eighth and set down Victorino and Pedroia. Smyly was called on to face Ortiz and got him to fly out.

In the ninth, Benoit struck out Napoli before yielding the single to Nava. Nava fell behind 1-2 and fouled off three pitches before his hit. But the rally soon fizzled.

“At this point, it’s not about throwing a no-hitter,” Sanchez said. “The win is more important.”

And now the Red Sox are down a game.

“We didn’t do what we needed to do tonight,” Victorino said. “We've just got to stay focused. It’s a seven-game series.” 

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