Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ellsbury And Pedroia Help The Red Sox Ground The Angels...Six Straight!

This Boston Red Sox team has so many weapons, they might be BETTER than last year. The pitching will eventually determine that. But Tuesday night at Fenway Park, the Sox defeated the LA/California Angels by a score of 7-6. It was their sixth straight victory and their ninth win in the last ten games. Josh Beckett was a late scratch. The flu bug that has been ravaging the team coupled with a stiff neck shelved the Sox ace until Sunday. But the hottest team in the majors found a way to win yet again. Jacoby Ellsbury hit two home runs, a lead-off tater and a sixth inning bomb. But it was his eighth inning bunt, his third hit, that made all the difference in the world. Pedey (Dustin Pedroia) followed with his fourth hit of the day, and Ells scampered all the way home with the winning run. Paps sewed it all together with precision, throwing a 1-2-3 eleven pitch ninth, earning his league-leading eighth save. This is what Tito Francona had to say about the scratched Josh Beckett...

"We were worried about Beckett the last couple days because he had been sick," said manager Terry Francona before the game. "He showed up today and we had talked to him last night and this morning, and that was not an issue, but his neck got real stiff. Whether it's related or not, how do you know? But we're not going to run him out there and have him potentially hurt his shoulder because he's got a stiff neck."

Peter here, and yes, it's better to be safe than sorry. But there's nothing sorry about how the Red Sox are playing. Pedroia looks like he might even be better than last year - he's leading the league with a batting average of .364. Ellsbury can create magic and mayhem at virtually the same time. I shudder to think that he'll be on the bench when Coco "Chanel" Crisp starts on Thursday. But Terry Francona has done almost everything right and his team, OUR team, has the best record in the American League. A manager's decision? Yes. But I'll go with Tito's judgement.

Today, the Angels and Boston tussle again at 7:05pm EDT. It will be Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has a perfect record of 4-0 but is coming off a less than stellar start, ready to face the Angel's Jon Garland, who is 2-2 and beatable. So let's beat 'em!

I thank you once again for stopping in to my little corner of the internet, and I appreciate it so much. Click on the title of this post to read anything and everything you need to know about that team we love to love - the Boston Red Sox - from the Boston Globe. Have a great Wednesday Hump Day, and as always, BE WELL.

7 Comments:

At 4/23/2008 10:50 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

I'm still fired up from that game! Ellsbury was incredible in the 8th and Papelbon was thorwing some serious cheese!

 
At 4/23/2008 11:42 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

They are amazin', so far. Did you see Paps in the 9th last night? Cracked 100 on the radar. I'm a player, been one for ages, and I've always fancied myself able to at least look respectable against any pitching, but I would NOT have wanted to stand in there last night. No, sir.

 
At 4/23/2008 11:43 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

98 MPH cheese...imported Swiss American with a little Boston mixed in!!!! Thanks Rooster....

 
At 4/23/2008 11:45 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sul, they're scaring me a little. In a great way. No matter what lineup, whatever day/night of the season, we smile....

 
At 4/23/2008 11:46 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'd like to KEEP SMILING!

 
At 4/23/2008 4:00 PM, Blogger redsox.njdevils said...

All of this was without Beckett, Varitek, Lowell, Cora, Delcarmen, or Schilling (who are all injured or sick). Just imagine what we'll do when everyone's back to full strength!

 
At 4/24/2008 6:24 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Brit...and Daisuke and..and..TOO MANY ANDS! Thanks Brittany..the "bug" finally caught up with us last night (Wed.). Ya know what? You are a true Sox fan...why? You are only able to see a limited amount of televised games, even when it becomes summer vacation time, and yet it doesn't seem to bother you. I am so used to, when I'm home, simply putting on NESN and watching the Sox in HD. So I applaud you, with a standing ovation! WE ALL DO!! Peter

 

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