Closing Time: Second consecutive walk-off win for Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury
|08.03.11 at 10:15 pm ET|
The sensational season for Jacoby Ellsbury continues.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Ellsbury hit a walk-off solo home run into the bleachers in center field to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win. It was his second walk-off hit in as many nights.
“It felt great, I wasn’t sure, I know the wind had been blowing in, I hit a ball pretty good earlier in the game to right that didn’t get out, and when I hit it I knew I hit it well, I was just hoping it had enough,” said Ellsbury of his home run, which made him the first Red Sox player to notch walk-off RBI in consecutive days since Butch Hobson did it on Aug. 27-28, 1978.
“I didn’t know what to do once it went over and I was running around the bases. That was exciting, obviously I’ve never experienced that in the big leagues. It was fun.”
Tim Wakefield was going for career win No. 200, but when he allowed a ground rule double to Ezequiel Carrera in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at three he was chased from the game.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ 68th win of the year…
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX
– Wakefield pitched fairly well, just two rough innings prevented him from earning career win No. 200. Wakefield went 6 2/3 innings, allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, which was a home run to Indians rookie Jason Kipnis.
– After collecting two hits in the game Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 13 games, which is also the third longest of his career. He had two 17-game runs in 2006. It is currently the longest hit streak in the American League.
– Coming off of a tough weekend in Chicago against the White Sox where he went 1-13, David Ortiz is glad to be back at Fenway Park. With his single in the first inning, he has had hits in 12 of his last 14 home games. He is hitting .340 (18-53) with 19 RBIs in those 14 games. Ortiz also has totaled 19 RBIs in his last 19 games overall.
– Despite his 25-game hit streak coming to an end last Friday night in Chicago against the White Sox, Dustin Pedroia still has an impressive one going at Fenway Park. With a two-hit performance Pedroia has now hit safely in his last 25 games at home. It is the third longest home hitting streak by a Red Sox member since 1919 and the longest since Nomar Garciaparra‘s 31-game streak in 2003.
– Randy Williams pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Prior to the game he had allowed runs in three of his five appearances with the Red Sox.
– Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the win. It was his second win in as many nights. It was the second time in his career that he has earned the win in back-to-back games. In his last eight appearances he has allowed no runs and just one hit.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– Home runs are becoming an issue for Wakefield as the home run he allowed to Kipnis in the fourth inning was the 17th home run he has given up this season. In his last four games alone he has allowed six.
– Jarrod Saltlamacchia struck out three times, including one with two outs in the eighth inning with the potential go ahead run at second base.
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