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David Ortiz has now been benched, at least for a couple days. But, who could blame Terry Francona? Papi was coming off a horrible game that has punctuated his season, going 0-7 with three strikeouts and 12 men left on base Thursday night against the Angels. He sat Friday night and watched his teammates play the Seattle Mariners.
Jon Lester was on the hill for the Sox, and at times he looked dominant. He shut down the Mariners through the first four innings, but let his first run accross the board in the fifth inning on Ichiro’s HR. The wheels fell off the bus for Lester the next inning, when he let four runs in, including Ichrio’s second HR of the game, a two-run shot to give the Mariners the lead for good.
Chris Jakubauskas, known more for his ridiculous name than anything else, entered Friday’s game with a 7.67 ERA and was coming off a horrible performance against the Twins (4.1 IP, 9 ER). Chris Jack-in-the-box-as pitched well enough against the Sox however, and guided his team to a 5-4 win. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in six innings pitched to earn the victory.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury is turning into a very good major league player right before our very eyes. He finished Friday’s game 3-5 with a double, triple, run scored, and an RBI to raise his average to .307.
Rocco Baldelli, DH: Rocco entered the game with a nice .292 batting average, but after an 0-4 while filling in for David Ortiz dropped his average to .250. He also finished with three K’s.
W: Chris Jakubauskas (2-4)
L: Jon Lester (2-4)
S: David Aardsma (4)