Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ellsbury, Salty Come Through In The Clutch To Win It (67-41)

Last night, the Red Sox played a great game against the Indians, as after a 1 hour, 35 minute rain delay, the game lasted until midnight, and I was there the whole time. In the 1st, the Indians took a quick lead on a solo homer by Jason Kipnis to make it 1-0. With the bases loaded in the 2nd, however, Jason Varitek struck out but the ball got away from the catcher and David Ortiz rushed home. However, in the 4th, Lonnie Chisenall put one in the seats to make it 2-1. But the Sox got that back as well, as in the 6th, Kevin Youkilis crushed a home run over the green monster. By the 9th inning, the Red Sox were playing at around midnight and I was getting pretty tired. There were runners at 1st and 2nd and my head was nodding so I picked up my guitar to occupy myself in some way. As I began to play the chorus of "Dirty Water," Jacoby Ellsbury lined a ball into center field and Jarrod Saltalamacchia raced around third, barely scoring the run and giving the Sox a 3-2 win!
Josh Beckett (left) pitched pretty well, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings, as he is now 9-4/2.20/122. Franklin Morales, who was lights out, relieved him with two shutout innings, a huge asset in the win as he has been a respectable 0-0/3.94/15 in 16 innings since coming to Boston. Jonathan Papelbon got the win in a scoreless ninth inning, making his record 3-0. Despite getting that key hit in the 9th, Jacoby Ellsbury only went 1-5, but he still deserves to be mentioned. Dustin Pedroia went 2-4, and is now batting .312 this season. Kevin Youkilis went 1-4 with that solo home run as he is now at .275/16/76 for the year. Tonight, Tim Wakefield (6-4/5.06/52) will go for #200 against Carlos Carrasco (8-9/4.67/80).

Bright Spots:
Josh Beckett- 2 runs in 6 innings in a good start
Franklin Morales- 2 shutout innings from the bullpen, striking out 3
Jonathan Papelbon- the win in a scoreless inning
Jacoby Ellsbury- the walk-off single, need I say more?
Dustin Pedroia- 2-4
Kevin Youkilis- 1-4 with a solo homer

Dull Spots:
Carl Crawford- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and 3 runners left on base
Darnell McDonald- 0-2 with 2 runners left on base

This was an awesome game and I'm really glad I watched it!

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