Two nights ago (8/2/11), the Boston Red Sox won a 1-run game against the Cleveland Indians off a Jacoby Ellsbury walk-off hit that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Last night (8/3/11), the Boston Red Sox won a 1-run game against the Cleveland Indians off a Jacoby Ellsbury walk-off home run that scored the game winning run.
These are Jacoby Ellsbury’s first two walk off hits in his career and the come in consecutive games. Things are clicking for the Red Sox and although the offense cooled down a bit, they are finding ways to keep the Yankees at bay.
The Red Sox hold a 1 game lead against the Yankees in the AL East race. The AL East has quite a good standing in the MLB this season… 4 out of 5 teams have winning records (Baltimore, of course, being the one without a winning record).
Boston plays one more game with Cleveland before a weekend series with the Yankees at Fenway Park. This season, Boston holds a 5-1 record against the hated Yankees.
American League East
The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and continued their 6 game win streak into the All Star break. Boston is 1.0 games up on the Yankees.
Boston players heading to the All Star game include: David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. Boston is tied with the 2nd most all stars from one team. The Yankees have the most with 8.
Boston will hopefully keep momentum on their side and continue establishing a lead between themselves and the rest of the AL East. After the All Star break, Boston will travel to Tampa and then Baltimore.
The first game against the Evil Empire took place Tuesday night at the Yankee stadium and it
started off great for the Red Sox, the top of the 1st inning the Sox were leading 3-0. To actually
pour some gas on the fire John Lester managed to hit one of the Yankee players in the knee
with a pitch so the spirits got more agitated, but the Yankees did not manage to score but
one in the first inning as Big Papi (David Ortiz) had a great catch to throw for the 3rd out of the
Pedroia had an RBI double in the second to make it 4-1. Garcia intentionally walked Gonzalez to load
the bases, ending his night. After Ellsbury connected, Dustin Pedroia walked, Gonzalez tripled and Kevin
Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly.
The game went on with the Yankees trying to catch up to David Ortiz hitting a two-run homer and
Jonathan Papelbon laboring through the ninth inning to earn his 200th save, leading the Boston Red Sox
over the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday night.
So as the first game of the three game series ended, we come to the conclusion that this year Red Sox
are on top of the Yankees. So right not we are tied with the Yankees for the first place but I want to say
that will not happen for long.
It took some time, but the AL East is somewhat organized how it usually is at this time of the year…. The Red Sox and Yankees battling for the lead, Toronto and Tampa battling for 3rd/4th and the Orioles looking up at everyone else.
The Red Sox are half a game behind the Yankees and things are looking promising. They are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. In their last 10 games, they are 8-2 (tied for best with 4 other teams). Adrian Gonzalez is one of the hottest hitters right now (.340 batting average and 43 RBIs) and they had 20 hits in a 14 – 2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Jacoby Ellsbury has also been great in terms of production with stolen bases, runs scored and obp.
Things are clicking for the Sox and it’s about time. The Sox are on the road right now heading to Detroit for a 4 game series. Next month, they have a few important series with the Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays! A lot of moves in the standings are up for grabs.
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