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As the fans at Fenway Park watched Boston’s 10-run first inning lead slip away, Red Sox manager Terry Francona could only ponder at what to do next as Tuesday night’s score began to resemble that of a football game. The final, 19-17 with the Red Sox over the Texas Rangers in one of the wildest games of the 2008 MLB season for sure.
“At some point,” the Red Sox manager said, “you’re thinking about going for a field goal.”
That ‘field goal’ came in the eighth inning when Kevin Youkilis’ three-run homer pushed the Sox ahead for good, giving them a three-run cushion which would be enough for the win. The home run was his second of the night and 22nd on the season. The blast brought fans to their feet as Youkilis circled the bases in almost a sprint like fashion.
“I also felt the emotion of the boos today,” after two strikeouts, he said. “So the roller coaster ride in Boston’s always fun. Luckily, we got the cheers at the end.”
In the end they got plenty of cheers, but the Sox were fortunate that they were able to get lots of cheers early on as well. During the bottom of the first inning for the Red Sox they sent 14 batters to the plate en route to scoring 10 runs off of Texas starter Scott Feldman. Feldman would only last 2 2/3 innings while allowing 12 runs, but became the first pitcher to not lose a game while allowing that many runs since Gene Packard of the St. Louis Cardinals got the win in a 16-12 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 3, 1918.
“Nobody should ever score 10 runs in the first inning. It’s embarrassing,” Feldman said. “But we know our team is capable of fighting back.”
The big blows in the first came on a pair of three-run homers by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. The bombs were his 15th and 16th on the season and Ortiz attributes his power to having a day off on Monday night in Chicago to rest his sore wrist.
“That way I could have more days like this,” he said.
Besides the two home run performances by Ortiz and Youkilis, the Sox received five hits from Dustin Pedroia, two hits and three runs from J.D. Drew and two hits and two RBI’s from Jed Lowrie. Everyone in the Sox starting lineup reached base which proved to be important because everyone in the Texas line recorded a hit. The Rangers finished with 20 on the night, the second night in a row they’ve accomplished that feat.
“After that first inning when they had us down 10-0, I think everybody in the ballpark and everybody in all of Massachusetts thought that the game was over,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
The Rangers were able to claw back by scoring two in the second on a Chris Davis two RBI single making the score 10-2. After the Sox tacked on two more runs in the third to make it 12-2 the Rangers bats awoke in the fifth inning, scoring eight runs on eight hits. The big blast came on Ian Kinslers three-run shot off of relief pitcher David Aardsma’s first batter faced. In the bottom half of the inning, Boston scored two more times on Youkilis’ first homer of the night to put the Sox ahead 14-10.
Texas wouldn’t quit, plating five runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead 15-14 and send Fenway Park into a state of shock and disarray.
“This was a game that I think potentially could have been a major downer for us,” said Sox 3B Mike Lowell, “and we actually turned around and made it actually a great win.”
After Youk’s heroics in the eighth, closer Jonathan Papelbon came in to slam the door shut by recording the final three outs in the ninth inning, picking up his 32nd save on the season. The win moves Boston to within three games of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East division after TB fell to Oakland by a score of 2-1 last night. The Sox are currently in the lead for the AL Wildcard spot by 2.5 games over the Minnesota Twins and 5 games ahead of the New York Yankees.
Tonight, Boston sends Jon Lester to the hill to try and make it three in a row for Boston. Lester is 10-4 on the season and suffered his first loss in 10 starts in his last outing in Chicago where he tossed seven innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits. The Rangers will give the ball to Luis Mendoza who currently holds a record of 3-5 on the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm EST.
Over the past six seasons, the Boston Red Sox have enjoyed much success in many ways. The group of new owners, headed by John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Warner, has been able to renovate and restore the historic Fenway Park while at the same time preserving its old-time charm. While increasing the capacity to just under 40,000 seats, the Sox themselves have enjoyed some of their most memorable seasons in franchise history capturing their first World Series Championship in 86 years in 2004, and then repeating the feat only three years later in 2007.
Now, a new milestone approaches that directly relates to the fans known as Red Sox Nation. On Wednesday, Sept 3, 2008 the Boston Red Sox will sell out Fenway Park for the 456th consecutive game, setting a new MLB record for most consecutive sellouts at any venue. The record, currently at 455 consecutive games, was set by the Cleveland Indians when they first opened Jacobs Field, now known as Progressive Field. “The Jake” sold out from June 12, 1995 until April 4, 2001 and at the time the record appeared to be pretty safe. And it was, that is until Red Sox Nation was born.
“The sellout streak is not a Red Sox record; it is a Red Sox fans record,” wrote Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino in an e-mail. “We try not to forget that. And we know a full house generates the electricity, excitement, spirit and noise that helps to motivate our players. Just ask them. It is but another reason Boston and Fenway Park is a great place to play Major League Baseball.”
Since 2003, the Red Sox boast a home record of 301-160 which is a winning percentage of .653, the highest in baseball over the past six seasons.
“You see what’s happening now, and you kind of figure it’s always been that way. We’re very fortunate,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I can remember coming here in April [as a player], when it’s cold or going to Wrigley. It’s not always been packed like this, so we’re fortunate. We play in a place where everything you do, there’s interest. Rather than complain, I guess this would be the flip side of it. Every game seems important. Day game after a night game, you need to show up and play, because there’s a lot of people that are going to come in here and care about how you play. That’s a good thing.”
The Sox currently find themselves in a race for the AL East division with the Tampa Bay Rays. Right now the Rays sit a top the East, leading the Sox by four games but the teams still have six remaining games against each other which will play a big part in where both finish in the standings. Fans will continue to pack the stands at Fenway right up until the last regular season series against Boston’s arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
It’s been an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan and things seem to be just heating up. Ace Ticket still has seats for this game. Don’t miss your chance to attend this record breaking event.
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The AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox handed Jon Lester his first loss since May 25th, and kept Clay Buchholz winless since May 2nd over the weekend. The Sox managed to get a three run rally going the 8th inning of Friday night’s game, but it was not enough to erase the 7+ solid innings of work from Chicago starter Mark Buehrle.
“I was just trying to get on base to be honest with you, to get David [Ortiz] up with a chance to tie the game,” said Pedroia, whose 3-run homer put the Sox within 2. “I ended up getting a good pitch to hit and hit it. That was basically it.”
Carlos Quentin’s post-Sox-rally-homer and closer Bobby Jenks’ perfect ninth sent the Sox packing.
Tuesday, the only bright spot of Boston’s weekend, featured an 8-inning, one run gem by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka benefitted from 4 double plays, and stuck out four batters. The Sox exploded against Chicago in the 6th inning, on Dustin Pedroia RBI single and a bases-clearing double by David Ortiz. Ortiz broke out of his recent slump on the road trip and was 3-5 with 3 RBI’s on the day.
“Papi knows when the ball is gone, but I guess Mother Nature doesn’t want me to hit it out tonight. The wind was blowing really hard tonight” said Ortiz, laughing about how he though his double had been a homer.
Sunday’s starter Clay Buchholz has struggled all season long. He hasn’t logged a win since May 2nd, and has a 2-8 record with a 6.32 ERA on the season. He seemed to be cruising along in the first inning, and the Jermaine Dye homer in the second did not seem so bad after Boston’s 3-run first innings. However, Buchholz imploded in the 3rd, giving up homers to Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome, and getting chased from the game after only 74 pitches. Boston’s offense picked it back up again in the 6th inning with Jason Bay hitting an RBI single and scoring on a wild pitch; but it was too little too late. Jenks pitched another perfect 9th to rack up his 24th save of the season.
After Sunday’s games, the Red Sox are 4.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, and lead the AL Wild Card by 1.5 games above the Minnesota Twins.
Tonight the Sox will try to split the series. Josh Beckett(10-8, 4.08 ERA) faces off against lefty John Danks (9-4, 3.21 ERA). First pitch is at 8:11pm at US Cellular Field.
The Red Sox travel to US Cellular Field in Chicago to take on the White Sox tomorrow night. Jon Lester (10-3, 3.714 ERA) starts against Mark Buehrle (8-10, 4.07 ERA). Lester has been making a case to be considered the Sox ace recently; in his last 8 starts he’s 6-0 with a 2.67. Buehrle has struggled lately, allowing eight runs on14 hits and only lasting 4 1/3 in his last start. The AL Central leading White Sox and AL East second place Red Sox both take two game winning streaks into the series.
First pitch is at 8:11PM on NESN and WRKO 680 AM.
The Jacoby Ellsbury of 2008 seems like a completely different player from the beast that hit .353 in September and .438 in the World Series. Despite an impressive 32 stolen bases, Ellsbury is only hitting .266 this season. On Wednesday night, he looked like the Jacoby of 2007. Ellsbury went 3-4 with a 2-out three-run homer off of Royals reliver Ron Mahay. Jason Bay continued to be a run machine, scoring two runs and going 2-5. Jed Lowrie and JD Drew drove in 2 runs each, and David Ortiz drove in another.
Wakefield tossed 6 stellar innings, racking up 6 k’s and giving up only 1 earned run. With the win Wake improves to 7-8 on the season. Scoreless innings from Delcarmen, Masterson, and Papelbon shut the door on the Sox second consecutive win.
Youkilis left the game after bing hit on the hand by a pitch by Hochevar in the first inning. The Sox say it’s just a contusion, and the Youkilis could be back in the lineup on Friday night. Dustin Pedroia was given the game off so he could get 2 in a row with the off-day Thursday. Jed Lowrie’s consistent production raises questions about what to do when Julio Lugo comes off of the disabled list.
With Tampa Bay, Boston, and New York all winning last night, the picture in the AL Pennant Race remains the same.
Tonight the Royals host the Sox for the rubber game of their three game series. Tim Wakefield 6-8, 3.77 ERA) gets the start against Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.42 ERA). Wakefield continues to get the short end of the stick lately; in 6 of the games this season in which he left with the lead he has ended up with a loss or a no decision. Wakefield is 6-4 with a 3.45 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium. Hochevar was has struggled this season and suffered a loss in his last start against the White Sox.
First pitch is at 8:10PM on NESN and WRKO 680 AM.
Tonight the Royals host the Sox for game two of their three game set. #2 AL CY Young vote getter Josh Beckett (9-8, 4.15 ERA) is matched up against #2 AL Rookie of the Year vote getter Brian Bannister( 7-9, 5.33 ERA). Beckett has never lost more than three games in a row, and is looking to keep it that way with a win tonight. Bannister is in a similar situation, having lost his last three descisions.
First pitch is at 8:10PM on NESN and WRKO 680 AM.
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz strung his winless streak to four games on Monday night. Clay was the victim of a rough inning again, giving up three in the bottom of the third (including an RBI walk). Jason Bay continued his run producing streak, going 1-for-5 with an RBI single, but it was not enough to beat Gil Meche and the suddenly hot Royals.
The Sox managed to get a run back in the 9th inning, but All-Star Closer Joakim Soria held off the Sox to rack up his 32nd save. With the Rays and Yankees losing as well, the Sox are still 3 games back in the AL East, and are only 1.5 games ahead of the White Sox in the Wild Card race.
On a positive note, the Sox bullpen continued their scoreless streak, with solid innings from Justin Masterson and Javier Lopez.
After a dismal 3-game set against the AL-best Angels, the Boston Red Sox rebounded against the Oakland Athletics. Friday night was the debut of the Sox’ new left fielder, Jason Bay. Runs were hard to come by in the Justin Duchscherer vs Tim Wakefield matchup. Bay made an immediate impact, scoring the Sox’ lone run in the first 9 innings on a Jed Lowrie double.
After 7 solid innings from Wakefield and Delcarmen the Sox hit a snag. Hideki Okajima continued to his struggles, allowing a 2-out home run to A’s slugger Jack Cust. A scoreless 9th and shutdown pitching from both teams sent the game into extras. The Sox threatened twice – loading the bases but blowing the opportunity both times. In the bottom of the 12th, the Sox finally delivered. Jason Bay hit a monster triple off of Alan Embree that nearly cleared the wall. Jed Lowrie came through again and drove in Bay for the walk off win.
The complexion of Saturday’s game was completely different. The A’s scored two runs off of John Lester in the first, and fell asleep for the rest of the game. Kevin Youkilis launched two homers, and Jason Bay got his first in a Sox uniform. A’s starter Dana Eveland was chased after 2 innings and 9 runs. Lester went 7 strong, and the Sox got clean innings from Justin Masterson and Chris Smith to close it out. Interim shortstop Jed Lowrie showed up big again, hitting a bases-clearing double.
Bay and Lowrie continued to shine in the final game of the series. Bay scored two runs, and Lowrie drove 2 in. The two seem to be proficient run producers next to each other in the lineup. On the heels of one of his best pithcing performances in Boston, Daisuke found himself struggling at times. He scattered 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings. Hideki Okajima calmed down and pitched a solid 7th. Papelbon pitched a perfect 9th to notch his 31st save.
One of the highlights of the occasionally rain-soaked game was a crowd-pleasing stolen base by David Ortiz. After noticing that Santiago Casilla was not checking on him at first, Ortiz took advantage, motoring to second base.
The Sox remain two games behind the AL East-leading Rays, and lead the AL Wild Card race by 1.5 games over the Chicago White Sox.