Jacoby Ellsbury is firing on all cylinders these days. And last night, he motored to a Boston Red Sox club record by stealing five bases versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ellsbury, Navajo and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was on base five times, clubbing three hits, drawing a walk and earning a spot at first base after being hit by a pitch, to help the Sox rout the Phillies 9-2, in the City of Brotherly Love. He turned those base appearances into scoring threats by then swiping the record five bases.
"It's pretty neat," Ellsbury said of the record. "As long as the Red Sox have been around. It's pretty special."
"Single-handedly, he changed the game," Boston manager John Farrell said of Ellsbury. "When you have that kind of base-stealing threat, it's a huge asset."
Even the Phillies were impressed. After the game, the club presented Ellsbury with a base to acknowledge his accomplishment. Ellsbury now leads the majors in stolen bases with 21.
Meanwhile in the Bronx last night, where Ellsbury and the Sox are headed tonight to open a three-game series with their archrivals, Joba Chamberlain, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, made his first appearance for the Bombers after being activated from the disbaled list earlier in the week. Despite a rough start, throwing a wild pitch while facing his first batter after coming on in the eighth, allowing two inherited runners to advance, then giving up an RBI single, Joba kept the game close by pitching a scoreless ninth. Still, the Mets beat the Yanks 3-1, sweeping the Subway Series.
Also last night, the Brewers Kyle Lohse, Nomlaki, returned to the hill after missing his previous turn in the rotation due to irritation in his right elbow, and definitely did not look comfortable in his return to the mound. Lohse gave up six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins, the team he began his career with in 2001. The loss dropped Lohse to 1-6 for the season, though that's somewhat misleading in terms of how he's pitched in 2013. Lohse pitched well early, but received only slightly more than two runs of support per game in his first nine starts.