HR #26

A SAD END TO A RECORD SEASON ...
Papelbon sets a Sox record

July 2, 2006 ... With Jonathan Papelbon setting a club record for saves by a rookie (25) on the same day his peers voted him to the All-Star team, the Sox won the rubber game of their set with the Marlins despite being outhit, 9-5, making more errors than the hosts, 2-1, and stranding only two base runners to 13 for the Floridians, yet the Sox won 4-3.

You can overcome such disparities by hitting the ball out of the park, which the Sox did three times against the Marlins' best young arm, Josh Johnson, who had given up just three homers all season but was taken deep by Kevin Youkilis (leading off the game), Jason Varitek, and Ortiz, one in each of the first three innings. Ortiz, who hit three home runs in two days and came within a couple of feet of two more this weekend, has 26, one fewer than Jim Thome, who has homered in each of the last two games to keep ahead of Big Papi.

Loretta, who learned before the game that he had been voted an All-Star by the fans, delivered after Miguel Cabrera had tied the score in the seventh with a home run off Julian Tavarez, who'd preceded Timlin. The Marlins scored their first two runs off rookie lefty Jon Lester, Hanley Ramirez duplicating Youkilis's feat of leading off the first with a homer, and Miguel Olivo singling home a run in the fifth.

It could have been a lot worse, as Lester did not have a clean inning in the five that he worked. But when he wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second, going shallow flyball, popup, flyball to escape unscathed, Lester not only kept the game in hand but showed once more why his elders are so excited about him.

The kind of know-how and experience exhibited by Cora, who started at short in place of Alex Gonzalez and reached safely when Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla bobbled his eighth-inning grounder. Kapler, who had replaced Coco Crisp in center an inning earlier as part of a double-switch with Timlin, followed with his single, practically throwing his bat at a pitch that was down and away as Cora took off.

Yesterday, Cora played second base in place of Loretta, hit two singles, walked, and scored three times, the second time he's scored three runs in a game. There were no hits yesterday, just another mistake-free game in the field and doing what it took to win a game.

 

at Dolphins Stadium (Miami) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

4

5

2

FLORIDA MARLINS

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

 

3

9

1

W-Mike Timlin (4-0)
S-Jonathan Papelbon (25)
L-Randy Messenger (1-4)
Attendance 22,840

2B-Abercrombe (Mia)
HR-Youkilis (Bost), Varitek (Bost), Ortiz (Bost),
H.Ramirez (Fla), Cabrera (Mia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Kevin Youkilis 3b/1b 4 1 1 .313  

 

Mark Loretta 2b 3 0 0 .317  

 

David Ortiz 1b 4 1 1 .276  

 

Mny Delcarmen p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Jon Papelbon p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Manny Ramirez lf 3 0 1 .309  

 

Trot Nixon rf 2 0 0 .329  

 

Jason Varitek c 3 1 1 .249  

 

Coco Crisp cf 3 0 0 .272  

 

Mike Timlin p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Mike Lowell 3b 0 0 0 .308  

 

Alex Cora ss 3 1 0 .297  

 

Jon Lester p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Julian Tavarez p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Gabe Kapler cf 1 0 1 .368  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jon Lester 5 7 2 3 3  
  Julian Tavarez 1 2 1 1 0  
  Mike Timlin 1 0 0 1 0  
  Mny Delcarmen 0.2 0 0 0 1  
  Jon Papelbon 1.1 0 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2006 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 50 29 -

 

 

New York Yankees 46 33 4

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 46 35 5

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 38 45 14

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 35 47 16 1/2