Game Preview: A's vs. Red Sox - July 7, 2004

The A's try to shake off being blown out in the first game of the series, as they take on the Red Sox for the second of three at Fenway Park tonight. Mark Redman battles Pedro Martinez.

Oakland Athletics (46-35) L-1 v. Boston Red Sox (44-37) W-1

Date: July 7, 2004
Time: 4:05 P.S.T.
Place: Fenway Park – Boston, MA

Preview: The A's will try to rebound tonight from an embarrassing 11-0 thumping by the Red Sox last night as they send Mark Redman to the mound to face Pedro Martinez. Oakland will need to dig deep to avoid a sweep, as Boston will pitch Curt Schilling after Martinez on Thursday. Oakland is now 19-23 on the road and owns the biggest home / road differential in baseball at 9 _ games with a 27-12 home record. It will be a big challenge for the A's to at least come away with a .500 road trip before the All-Star Game as they will travel to Cleveland (24-17 at home) after the Boston series.

On a positive note, Texas also lost last night keeping Oakland tied for first place atop the AL West. Taking away rookie Justin Lehr's four-run performance, the bullpen pitched very well as Justin Duchscherer, Jim Mecir, and Ricardo Rincon combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings to close the game.

Pitching Match-up:

Oakland – Mark Redman, LHP (6-5, 4.42 ERA)
Boston – Pedro Martinez, RHP (8-3, 3.74 ERA)
Comments:

Pedro Martinez: Martinez has started to regain some of his old form, as he has not suffered a loss since May 16th against Toronto. He is 4-0 in his last eight starts while he has been fairly consistent in averaging around 7 innings per start. Unfortunately for Oakland, Martinez seems to step up his performances at home where he is 5-0 in eight starts with a 2.96 ERA, 52 strikeouts, and 3 wins in his last three starts. He has very impressive numbers against the A's in his career as he is 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA in nine starts and has only allowed a .199 batting average against Oakland.

Mark Redman: Redman had been pitching very well until his last two starts against the Giants which both resulted in losses. Following two great performances against the Cubs and the Angels on the road, Redman was knocked around by San Francisco for 11 runs, 12 hits, 6 homeruns, and 7 walks in 10 2/3 innings of work in those two games. Redman will not only have to put his past performances behind him, but he will also need to not think about his career numbers against Boston as he is 1-5 in six career starts with an 8.37 ERA. Earlier this season, Redman was handed a loss by the Red Sox as he gave up 9 runs (5 earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work by walking 5 and allowing 9 hits.

Pitcher-Batter Match-up:

Redman vs.:
Damon, J – 9 for 15 (.600) – 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Garciaparra, N – 7 for 13 (.538) – 2 2B, 5 RBI
Kapler, G – 3 for 4 (.750) – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Ortiz, D – 1 for 8 (.125) – 1 RBI, 3 K
Ramirez, M – 4 for 14 (.286) – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Varitek, J – 4 for 12 (.333) – 1 HR, 6 RBI
Bellhorn, M – 1 for 4 – 1 RBI
Nixon, T – 3 for 8 (.375) – 2 2B
Mirabelli, D – 1 for 3 – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Millar, K – 2 for 4
McCarty, D – 3 for 17 (.176) – 4 RBI, 3 K

Martinez vs.:
Durazo, E – 0 for 4 – 3 K
Dye, J – 6 for 21 (.286) – 2 2B, 2 RBI, 8 K
Hatteberg, S – 0 for 3 – 1 K
Karros, E – 4 for 12 (.333) – 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 K
Kotsay, M – 2 for 8 (.250) – 1 RBI
McLemore, M – 7 for 31 (.226) – 1 2B, 1 RBI
Miller, Damian – 0 for 3 – 3 K
Kielty, B – 0 for 8 – 4 K

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