FinalPress Pass ✠ Box Score ✠ Play - by - Play ✠ Game Recap
W: D. Aardsma (2-1) L: L. Cormier (0-2) S: J. Papelbon (16)
HR ➢ Bos: D. Pedroia (4), D. Ortiz (13), M. Ramirez (10) Bal: B. Roberts (4)
☼ Sun - #500 by Manny provided the cushion!!! Ellsbury had 3 steals and a triple!!!
☁ Cloud - Lester - as he made his case once again as a #4 starter. 103 pitches over 5 innings the day after the relievers had to pitch 7 innings. Not the way you want your starter to pitch. First pitch strikes on only 12 of the 24 batters he faced.
Lester started off strong with a 9, thats right a 9 pitch, 1-2-3 first inning. This being Lester though, it was being just good enough to keep the team close after that. 4 K's, with the last one coming in the 5th (after he walked two straight O's) and 3 walks in 5 innings is not the stuff of aces. Still, he only allowed the 2 runs in the 2nd and the 1 out home run by Roberts in the 5th.
Of course the big event of the night was in the 7th inning when Manny went deep to right field for his 500th home run. First ballot hall of famer baby, firts ballot.
Factoid - The 500-home run club has only two dozen members, but Ramirez also joined an even smaller fraternity. He is only the seventh player in baseball history with 500 homers, 1,500 RBIs, 1,000 walks, 475 doubles and a .300 batting average. The others are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.
♊ - Morbid and creepifing I can handle as long as we do it quiet like.