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Ellsbury “Steals” Franchise Record as Sox Win 6-3

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The Red Sox managed to eke out a win against the White Sox Tuesday night despite a few strange errors, finally ending the game with a safe score of 6-3.

The Sox took the lead in the first inning and Jacoby Ellsbury racked up his 55th stolen base of the season, breaking the 1973 club record. But it was back and forth for most of the game – the White Sox managed to get to Jon Lester during the seventh inning when a wild pitched tied the game at two.

Hideki Okajima then came in, and, in a weird move, after loading the bases, missed a ball thrown by Victor Martinez to put the White Sox up 3-2. But the Red Sox displayed some of their magic, scoring the majority of their runs with two outs.

Martinez’s RBI tied the game at three in the eighth inning before Jason Bay followed with a huge home run over the Green Monster to put the Red Sox on top with four. It turned into a three-run eighth for the Sox before Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game with a final score of 6-3.

Sox Stud of the Game

Jacoby Ellsbury. Not only did he break the club record with his 55th stolen base, but he came away from the night with three hits, including a double, for a total of four bases.

Sox Dud of the Game

Hideki Okajima. Um, hello? He loaded the bases and then looked as if he just wasn’t paying any attention when Martinez threw him the ball. Granted, it could have been the fault of Martinez, but Okajima just looked stunned. He also missed another play during the eighth inning, not doing much in the way of help for the Sox.

That’s What He Said

“It’s pretty incredible to look back at all the great Red Sox players and to be on top, it’s pretty amazing.”

- Jacoby Ellsbury, on breaking the franchise record for single season steals

Game Notes

W: Manny Delcarmen (5-2)
L: Scott Linebrink (3-6)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (30)

  • The Red Sox have won 7 of their last 8 home games against the White Sox
  • 30 of the last 36 runs scored for the Red Sox have been with two outs in the inning
  • Papelbon reaches his 30th save of the season for the fourth straight season

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One comment for “Ellsbury “Steals” Franchise Record as Sox Win 6-3”

  1. Quite surprised about the steals record. Ellsbury is a good player but the Red Sox have had many great speedy players in the past.

    Posted by Dave | August 26, 2009, 5:24 pm

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