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Red Sox Smash Nationals 11-3

Nick Green

The Red Sox arrived in Washington, D.C., and with them came a record-setting 41,517 fans to the new Nationals Park. Playing in what became their home away from home, the Red Sox knocked around Nats pitchers all night for 17 hits in an 11-3 win.

Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished with four hits and three RBI to lead the Red Sox to a season-high hit total (17). Bay’s 19th homer got the Sox started in the second inning, and one of Ellsbury’s two triples helped the Sox break it wide open with a six-run eighth inning.

Sox Stud of the Game

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury finished 4-4 with two singles, two triples, one run, three RBI, and his 30th stolen base of the season.

Sox Dud of the Game

J.D. Drew, RF: Drew finished 0-3 with two walks. He struck out three times and was the only Sox starter without a hit (besides pitcher Brad Penny).

That’s What He Said

“These guys are supposed to just go out there and keep us in the game,” said Nats manager Manny Acta of his bullpen. “And they can’t do it.”

Game Notes

W: Manny Delcarmen (2-1)
L: Julian Tavarez (3-5)

  • The Sox touched starter John Lannan for three runs in 6.1 innings, but scored eight runs the rest of the way against the Nats bullpen.
  • Nick Johnson, rumored to be headed to the Sox earlier this year, finished 0-5.
  • Dustin Pedroia finished 3-6 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot.

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One comment for “Red Sox Smash Nationals 11-3”

  1. Two triples for Ellsbury? Seems wasteful. What’s left for him to steal?

    LOL at the Nats’ amazing craptacular bullpen.

    Posted by jon | June 24, 2009, 12:04 pm

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