The Boston Red Sox got to Chien-Ming Wang early last night and then held on for a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees for their 7th straight win over the Yanks this season and 8th overall.
It wasn’t a vintage pitching performance from Tim Wakefield that we’ve seen all season but he did enough to keep the Red Sox in the game before turning it over to the bullpen. Ramon Ramirez who’s been lights out all season had a rough go of things as he was touched up for back-to-back home runs.
But not to worry though as Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon picked him up to give the Red Sox the win.
George Kottaras who doesn’t play every day came through in a big way last night as he had two doubles and drove in a run. Kevin Youkilis provided the big blow with a 2-run homer off of Phil Hughes that turned out to be the difference in the game.
When Terry Francona made the lineup changes, the Red Sox were struggling at times to get runners on base. There was a reason why he moved J.D. Drew up to the 2 hole in the lineup. The man knows how to get on base. Last night, he was 1-for-2 with 3 walks. While he’s only hitting .262, he’s got on on-base percentage of .390.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who had been at the top of the lineup, is hitting .302 but his OBP is only .343. The big difference there between Drew and Ellsbury is the amount of walks. Drew has walked 36 times compared to just 13 for Ellsbury. With Drew getting on base more for the middle part of the lineup, the Red Sox have been able to take advantage of it.
I know that Francona made this lineup change with David Ortiz in mind but since Big Papi is showing signs of life I don’t really see any reason to change it right now. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Sole men [Boston Globe]
Red Sox stay perfect vs. archrivals [Boston Herald]
Sox Hold Off Yanks [Hartford Courant]
Sox make it seven in a row against Yanks [Providence Journal]
Enjoying good times while they last [Boston Globe]
Hideki Okajima helps ’pen a happy ending [Boston Herald]
John Smoltz Starts For Pawsox Again [Hartford Courant]
Okajima ‘was our star of the game,’ according to Papelbon [Providence Journal]
Dancing with a Sox star? [Boston Globe]
Yankees lose way [Boston Herald]
Drew continues to be second-to-none as a Sox sparkplug [Providence Journal]
Bullpen adds finishing touch [Boston Globe]
Jed Lowrie back shortly [Boston Herald]
Green turns in a defensive gem, and it may have been the game’s turning point [Providence Journal]
Waiting for Dice-K to pitch in [Boston Globe]
Keeping it in the family [Boston Herald]
A view from New York: Red Sox making Yankees look like a joke [Providence Journal]
Smoltz is just about ready to get started [Boston Globe]
Why Spoil the Party? [Hit and Run With Dan Roche]
Numbers, but not No. 27 [Boston Globe]
Five Things We Learned: Even Has Reason To Be Excited [Alex Speier - WEEI.com]
Wait a minute, Youk’s up [Tony Massarotti]