Friday, May 08, 2009

Red Sox Romp And Set American League Scoring Record...Boston 13 Cleveland 3

The Boston Red Sox set an American League record and just missed the all-time major league record in their game Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. They scored 12 runs in the sixth inning before the Indians recorded a single out. They tied the Brooklyn Dodgers, who scored 12 in the eighth against the Phillies in a 16-2 victory on May 24, 1953. Here's how the Sox sixth went... single, walk, double, walk, single, walk, double, single, single, single, single, home run. That added up to 12 runs. The sixth inning totals were 56 pitches, 15 batters, 9 hits and 3 pitchers, all in 37 minutes. Wakefield, who earned his fourth victory against a lone defeat, left after that magic sixth and the bullpen took over from there. Manny Delcarmen recorded a one walk scoreless seventh, Javy Lopez gave up his usual one run in the eighth and Saito pitched a blemish-free ninth. What a night for the Fenway Faithful who were lucky enough to actually be there! I hope Jerry Remy was able to watch that amazing sixth. We miss you SO much, Jerry.

The Red Sox start a three game set with the always tough Tampa Bay Rays tonight, this time right up here at Fenway Park. Here are the pitching matchups for the weekend series...

James Shields (3-2, 3.51) vs. Brad Penny (2-1, 7.61) 7:10 pm EDT tonight
Scott Kazmir (3-3, 6.00) vs. Jon Lester (2-2, 5.11) 3:40 pm EDT Saturday
Matt Garza (3-2. 3.51) vs. Josh Beckett (3-2, 6.75) 8:05 pm EDT Sunday

Let's take two of three, if not all of 'em. I expect Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury to be back on the playing field. They, along with Jason Varitek, were NOT in the lineup last night when the record was tied. Talk about team depth! The Boston Red Sox have exactly that, unlike the pinstriped Bronx fools (PBFs), who lost last night after their ace closer, Mo Rivera, gave up back to back taters FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER. Take that, Hank & Hal.

That's a wrap for this early Friday morning. You can click on the title of this post to be zapped to the Boston Herald Red Sox homepage for the latest on the Manny mess and last night's Fenway festivities. Thank you for stopping by and leave a comment if you'd like. As always, BE WELL. Go Sox, everyday in every way.


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