Coming in to Wednesday night’s matchup, Blue Jays rookie pitcher Bret Cecil had not given up a home run at the major league level. Sox DH David Ortiz had not hit a homer in what seemed like forever; 240 days, 149 at-bats, or 39 game depending on how you looked at it. Ortiz managed to break out of funk, teeing off with one of four roundtrippers against the Jays phenom. Sox captain Jason Varitek was responsible for two, and left fielder Jason Bay had a shot that ricoched off of a car in the parking lot across from Fenway.
Brad Penny had a particularly effective outing, giving up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work on 9 hits and a walk. Daniel Bard struggled, giving up a run on aLyle Overbay double, but Hideki Okajima was able to work out of the jam. Takashi Saito pitched a scoreless 9th to put the Sox just a game and a half behind the Jays.
Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury got a quite a workout recording a major-league record tying 12 putouts in a 9 inning game. “My legs felt a little tired,” Ellsbury said in a post-game press conference. “I was just happy we were getting quick outs. Brad’s a flyball pitcher and when he’s getting the flyballs that means his pitch count’s down; he’s doing everything he needs to do.”
The Sox could end the series half a game behind the Jays with a win on Thursday night.
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