Thursday, May 26, 2011

No Panic In Detroit

Not even the rains could put a damper on this Red Sox offense. After knocking out 20 hits yesterday, they smacked 16 today. The end result was a rain-shortened 14-1 clubbing of the Tigers.

Carl 'What Slump?' Crawford collected four more hits today—including two triples—to add to his four hits from Wednesday. Jacoby Ellsbury clouted his fifth home run (a three-run shot) and newcomers Josh Reddick and Drew Sutton combined for 5 hits and 5 RBIs. Papi went 2-3 and scored 3 runs. Needless to say, it was the second straight offensive onslaught.

Alfredo Aceves improved to 2-0 (and 16-1 lifetime as a starter) with 6 workmanlike innings. He frequently seemed to be in trouble, but worked out of every jam—giving up only 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 6.

Best of all, the Sox are now in a statistical dead heat with the Empire for a share of first place in the American League East. It took 50 games to get there. But we are there.