Smoltz Falters In Red Sox Debut At Fenway Park
On a night where Nomar Garciaparra made his anxiously-awaited return to Fenway Park for the first time since being traded in 2004, 21-year-old Brett Anderson stole the show for the A’s, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Anderson struck out nine hitters, out-dueling John Smoltz, who made his first start at Fenway Park in a Red Sox uniform. Smoltz lasted six innings and gave up five runs on ten hits to one of the worst offense’s in all of baseball. Garciaparra didn’t disappoint in his first game back in Boston, knocking in one run on two hits.
The Sox were blanked by a rookie at Fenway Park for the first time since Jim Abbott in 1989. Aaron Bates made his Major League debut on Monday night, getting called up from Pawtucket in place of Jeff Bailey who went on the 15-DL with a sore ankle.
Josh Beckett takes the hill on Tuesday for Boston as the Red Sox ace will look to get the team back on track against the A’s.