Saturday, August 01, 2009

Chronicles of Reddick

The Sox-Orioles contest produced not only a victory but signs of improved energy. Some story lines both overt and under the radar:

  • Kevin Youkilis with 4 hits and consecutive homer games
  • Victor (V-Mart) Martinez with his first Sox appearance, RBI, and standing ovation
  • Dustin Pedroia with a first inning homer
  • Josh Beckett gets his MLB leading 13th win
  • Josh Reddick showed contact and power with a pair of doubles in his MLB start
  • Daniel Bard gives another dominant relief appearance with 2 strikeouts in the ninth in a non-save situation; Bard has evolved into the number two option in the pen
  • The Sox turned three double plays to shutout the O's
  • The downside? J.D. Drew and now Jason Bay with hamstring tweaks
  • Sox fans seemed everywhere in Camden Yards as Fenway South proved friendly
  • Jacoby Ellsbury continued his outperformance with another multihit game and 48th stolen base as he closes in on the Sox record of 54 by Tommy Harper
The Sox had delivered more ennui than excitement recently and a short-term reversal is badly needed headed into Tampa and the Bronx.

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