ON THIS DATE (May 7, 2009) ... The Red Sox hustled into their dugout after the top of the sixth inning last night, and this is what occurred next: single, walk, double, walk, single, walk, double, single, single, single, single, home run.
Now read that line again slowly, and consider just what happened at Fenway Park
tonight in a 13-3 Red Sox victory before 37,541. Twelve batters crossed the plate before Indians pitchers (three of them) could record one out in the sixth. When Julio Lugo
walked toward the batter’s box at 8:34 p.m., the Sox trailed, 2-1. When J.D. Drew grounded to second for the third out of the sixth 34 minutes and 21 seconds later, the Sox had an 11-run lead.
They became only the second team in baseball’s modern era - in every game played between 1900 and last night - that had scored 12 runs in an inning before recording an out. The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 12 runs before one out in the eighth inning against
the Philadelphia Athletics May 24, 1953.
With Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis nursing injuries and Jason Varitek watching because Tim Wakefield pitched, the Red Sox fielded a lineup with four starters. Statistical oddities and feats tumbled out of the inning. The Red Sox hadn’t scored
12 runs in an inning since they scored 14 in the first inning against the Marlins June 27, 2003. Midway through the inning, some veterans on the Sox bench - including Mike Lowell, who played for the Marlins - started discussing that game. The starting pitcher that day, Carl Pavano, was
also the winning pitcher Tuesday night. He sat in the Indians dugout and watched.
Four RBIs make for a decent week. Jason Bay achieved that in one inning, going went 2 for 2 with a double and a three-run home run. Three batters - Lugo, Pedroia, and Bay - scored twice while the “out” lights on the Green Monster remained dim. Lugo
slapped two singles in the inning, and for the night went 3 for 5 with a triple from the leadoff spot.
He also sparked the unending rally with a clean single through the left side. Pedroia walked, and Bay doubled home Lugo for his second of three runs. The Indians intentionally walked Lowell to pitch to Baldelli with the bases loaded. The culprits
wearing gray watched Red Sox batters circle the bases one by one, the cheers becoming louder and more delirious as each run crossed. Jeremy Sowers, who had allowed four hits through the first five innings, faced six batters and left with the bases loaded following a walk to Drew. If
Sowers had dug a hole, Masa Kobayashi rode in from the dugout on an excavator. He faced five batters and allowed five hits. Matt Herges took his turn. Bay promptly smashed a home run to right-center, into the Red Sox bullpen. Herges retired the next three batters in order, a
reminder that pitching matters, too. And the Red Sox received another quality start from Wakefield, who upped his record to 4-1 by allowing two runs in six innings. The best part about the sixth inning outburst, Bay said, was that Wakefield was still the pitcher of record. Wakefield has
carried the Sox at times this season, and last night they helped carry him.