Bay Sparks Comeback As Ellsbury Steals His Way To History
Jacoby Ellsbury’s steal of home against Andy Pettite earlier this season was pretty special, but his steal of third base on Tuesday night against Freddy Garcia was alittle more speical as it brought about a change in the Red Sox record books. The Red Sox center-fielder registered his 55th stolen base of the season, passing Tommy Harper for first place all-time on the Red Sox stolen base list.
Ellsbury went 3-for-5 on the evening as Jason Bay’s solo-blast in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie which eventually led the Red Sox to a 6-3 victory. Jon Lester went 6 2/3 innings deep but a wild third-strike supplanted Lester out of a tie ball-game as Hideki Okajimi stopped the bleeding in the seventh and got the Sox out of a jam with a strikeout. Manny Delcarmen pitched the last out of the eighth to register his fifth win of the season as Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the White Sox in the ninth to record his 30th save of the season.
Papelbon joins Billy Koch as the only other pitcher to have 30 saves in each of his first four seasons. Boston (72-53) welcomes Tim Wakefield back to the mound on Wednesday as the knuckleballer takes on Gavin Floyd of the White Sox.