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Sometimes with the Sox a win is just a win. Not that the Sox were bad. But they could have done a lot better and could have done a lot worse. Cabrera looked bad most of the time with a lot of hard hit balls but the Sox could only manage three runs. Lester allowed four walks and six hits in six innings and only struck out one but he managed to only allow two earned runs. Lester always seems to get in bad situations and work his way out of them.
Today was a day that “Looked like a spring training game” as Jerry Remy commented. Kevin Cash was behind the plate, Jon Lester was starting, Jacoby Ellsbury was in center and Brandon Moss was in left.
“It was great that during the middle of a penant race, we could bring up young guys and be excited to see them play” said Terry Francona during his press conference.
Ellsbury was the real highlight of the game. He went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a homerun, the first of his career. His one out was a line drive to the wall. He easily could have hit a double on that swing. And Ellsbury made a web gem in the field where he ran into catch a falling liner and dove out and snatched it off the grass. At 23 he looks to have a bright future. Somehow the Red Sox are going to have to make room for him. In the majors so far he is hitting .391.
The other star of the game was Hideki Okajima. With one out in the 8th with a man on 3rd, Oki stepped up with back to back strike outs. Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff both went down swinging to Oki.
In the 9th behind Papelbon it was automatic against the Orioles, who have never scored a run againstPapelbon.