Monday, September 1, 2008 – On Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox attempted to sweep the first-place Chicago White Sox, and do a favor for the Minnesota Twins at the same time. They failed on both counts.
Tim Wakefield pitched relatively well for the Red Sox, giving up a 2-run homer in the first inning, to Jim Thome. With his 536th homerun, Thome is 14th on the all-time home run list, tied with Mickey Mantle.
Wakefield recovered after that and didn’t give up another run until the top of the 6th.
Meantime, the Red Sox had scored one in the bottom of the 4th, on an RBI by the suddenly hot-hitting Jacoby Ellsbury.
Indeed, the Red Sox had plenty of opportunity to score more than two runs, but they ended up leaving 11 men on base. Jason Bay had an o-fer night, as did Mark Kotsay and Jed Lowrie.
For the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury stole 2 bases, to push his total up to 43. He’s chasing the record set by Tommy Harper in 1973, of 54. Tris Speaker had 52 in 1912, and 46 in 1914. If Jacoby continues to get on base, he should get to that record easily.
Since the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won last night, the Boston Red Sox are now 5 and a half games behind the D-Rays (or Rays, as they’re now called) in the American League East.