Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bottom Feeders

The bottom of the Red Sox order drove in 6 of 8 runs as the Red Sox won back-to-back games for the first time this year, beating Toronto, 8-1. Jacoby Ellsbury launced a mammoth 3-run HR to right (way up into the seats) to push the Sox to a 4-1 lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia—despite dropping four strike threes in the game—knocked in three runs to "salt" away the win.

Jon Lester was good, but not great, going 6 innings and yielding only one earned run. He went to 3-2 on what seemed like every hitter, however, and was helped by two spectacular double plays.

Felix Dubront was painfully ineffective in relief, but Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler closed out the win in decent fashion. If the Empire loses tonight, we're only 4 games out of first place.