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  • May 31st, 2013

    Red Sox 9, Phillies 2:
    FIVE Steals!

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Holy Buckets! Why is it that when something THIS amazing happens, I don’t get to see it? The Jason Varitek smashing his glove into A-Rod’s Face? Blackout. That Clay Person throwing his no hitter in 2007? On a Cruise Ship. The Game where the Sox beat the Marlins 25-8? Board Retreat. Last night? Blackout. Holy Hell…

    So Jacoby Ellsbury made Red Sox history, stealing 5 bases in last night’s contest. He was also the 1st player to steal that many bases since Carl Crawford stole 6 against the Sox in 2009. And the Phillies, in a classy gesture, gifted him with the 2nd base from last night’s game. Jake is currently leading the majors with a 21 successful steals in 23 tries…

    And Franklin Morales, making his 1st start since being shut down in August last year, did exactly what he was supposed to do, pitching 5 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits (including a homer) while walking and striking out 2. He threw 79 pitches, 48 for strikes…

    Then the bullpen came in and did exactly what THEY were supposed to do: pitch 4 innings of 2 hit ball, and striking out 6…

    He’s ready, he’s not ready, OK, he’s all better now; nope, not quite yet…blah blah blah. But supposedly, That Clay Person is reallyREALLY ready to go on Sunday night–and they mean it this time–tentatively. So he will face Hiroki Kuroda in the Sunday night finale against the Skanks on, yep, you guessed it: ESPN…Blech…

    So, let’s recap: Because the Skanks were swept by the Mets (Yeah, go back and read that again–I’ll wait…)and the Sox managed a split against the Phillies (should have done better, but…), the Sox stand a full 2 games ahead of the Skanks in the AL East.

    To the Blackboard!

    If the Sox Sweep: They will leave New York FIVE games ahead in the standings–and how FREAKING COOL would that be???

    I just don’t think it’s gonna happen–although it IS nice to think about…

    If the Sox Win 2: They will leave New York 3 games ahead in the standings–which I think is the most likely outcome–but we all know my Prediction. Skills. Suck.

    If the Sox Win 1: They will leave New York still 1 game ahead in the AL East–which, isn’t optimum–but a lead is a lead…

    If the Sox are Swept: They will leave New York 1 game behind the in AL East. Hope this isn’t the option they go with.

    So: Worst case scenario, they leave New York back a game, but I think it’ll be a repeat of the April series–2 out of 3. But the whole “Sox sweeping the Skanks” thing is Pret-ty compelling…

    Finally, Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times sent this neat piece of historical info along: A 100 years ago yesterday, May 30th, Sox outfielder Harry Hooper made history by belting home runs to lead off both ends of a doubleheader. Not only was he the first person to do that, but no one else did it for 80 years. You can read all about it here… and you can also follow him on twitter by the handle: @jaffechris. Always great stuff–check it out!

    Coming up: The Sox head the NYC again to face the Skanks again, with Jon Lester going for his 7th win of the season, opposed by CC Sabathia, who has been decidedly more human this season thus far (4-4 with a 3.96 ERA). So we’ll see how that goes. First pitch: 7:05pm.

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    FIVE Steals!”

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