Nats Slammed, Then Swept Out Of Fenway
*****16 HITS FOR SOX*****
This was wild, fun, and over early. Jon Lester was sharp. All his pitches were working, and for 6 innings, he owned the Nationals, striking out ten while alowing one lone run. David Ortiz ended the competition with a grand slam in the second inning. He became only the 3rd player in major league history to have 5 career grand slams in the same ballpark, joining Cecil Cooper of the Brewers and Ken Williams of the St. Louis Browns. WOW!! Mark Loretta had his second straight 3 hit game. Trot Nixon also added 3 hits, as the Sox batted a Ted Williams-like .404 in the series. Maybe the Nationals could move into the AL East? Please??
Rudy and Judy each threw 1 20 pitch inning, of course giving up a run in each. Little Manny D. was just fine in the 8th. And an day off today as well as Monday will provide needed rest and forgoes any need for a 5th starter. Thank you schedule makers, although the way the club is hitting, we have to hope a day off doesn't cool the lumber. Oh, and Alex Gonzales continued his improved hitting while providing the best defense in the league. He and Alex Cora are invaluable.....naysayers be gone!
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