Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Force Majeure Downs Angels

In economic/legal terms, they call it FORCE MAJEURE. Tonight, the Sox had too much Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Jonathan Papelbon, stretching their record to 15-7 against the LA Angels of Anaheim.

Answering yesterday's criticism, Ellsbury had his first two homerun game, had a key leadoff bunt in the eighth, and scored on a double into the leftfield corner by four-hit DUSTBUSTER, who raised his average to .364.

Yes, I'm drinking the Jacoby-Aid as Ellsbury assumes the league lead in runs scored, and his uber-night brings his stats to .308/.448/.529/.977.

Not overlooked tonight, Kevin Youkilis drilled a two-run game-tying homer in the fifth, as the eighth ranked (ESPN) Sox picked up their major league leading 15th victory. Jonathan Papelbon racked up his eighth April save with a one-two-three blowdown of Gary Matthews and Vlad Guerriero on strikeouts and Garrett Anderson on a soft fly to Manny to finish.

Now the bad news. Josh Beckett was out with a stiff neck, and the Angels cuffed around David Pauley. Pauley will be headed back down to Pawtucket tomorrow and the Sox may bring up a third catcher with Jason Varitek recovering from illness.

Remarkably, the Sox had yet another come-from-behind win rallying from a 5-1 deficit. The bullpen also added 4 2/3 innings of one run pitching to hold the Angels down while the offense connected.

1 comment:

Mark Lesses said...

I was a the game last night and saw the intense energy first hand that these guys bring to the game. When Jacoby got on first base everyone in the park new something good was going to happen. This kid is positively electric! Despite their current pitching woes, this team feels even more solid than last year... Go sox!