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Do It All Hall

Bill Hall helped turn both of Boston’s double plays and homered twice into the second deck. The utility man started off the season ice cold; April’s statistics were a disappointing .192 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, and .231 slugging percentage. Thus far in August Hall has .286 batting average and on-base percentage but sports a .629 slugging rate.

Nearly everyone in the Red Sox lineup was mashing. Even without Hall’s four RBIs his team would have prevailed.

The Blue Jays had no extra base hits and scored their first and only run in the first inning thanks to Travis Snider reaching on Mike Lowell’s error. Snider advanced to second on Yunel Escobar’s sacrifice bunt, got to third on a passed ball to Jose Bautista, and scored on Bautista’s sac fly to right.

Clay Buchholz didn’t allow a Toronto batter past second for the rest of the game. His line wasn’t dazzling (8 innings pitched, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts), but being able to get to the eighth without having to use any of the reliable relievers was a boon to the team.

Dustin Richardson gave up back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth to bottom of the order batters. The rookie escaped the jam with Edwin Encarnacion’s at ’em liner to short. That wasn’t Richardson’s best play, which came in the top of fifth before he even toed the rubber. Adrian Beltre’s three-run longball soared right into Richardson’s outstretched glove hand as he stood up in the visitors’ bullpen podium. Did the greenhorn dare rub his teammate’s head when he gifted Beltre the souvenir?

Game 115: August 11, 2010
WinRed Sox
10W: Clay Buchholz (13-5)
2B: Mike Lowell (7)
3B: Darnell McDonald (1)
HR: Bill Hall – 2 (15), J.D. Drew (14), Adrian Beltre (21)
Blue Jays
1L: Shaun Marcum (10-6)
No extra base hits.

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