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Red Sox trounce Blue Jays again, win ninth straight game

Jun 12, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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A day after scoring 16 times, the Red Sox settled for 14 runs in this one while beating the Blue Jays for their third straight series sweep.  With nine straight victories, they’ve put together the longest winning streak for a major league team this season, overtaking the Indians’ streak from back in April.

What’s really incredible is just how many runs this team is scoring.

On May 25-26, the Red Sox became the first team since the 2008 Rangers to score 14 runs in back-to-back games.  Now, less than three weeks later, they’ve done it again.  Before they did it in May, they hadn’t had back-to-back games like that since July 1998.

Today’s victory came with homers from Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis.  Gonzalez has driven in runs in every game during the winning streak and is now up to 60 RBI in 65 games for the season.

But as good as the offense has been, the biggest bright spot today was Jon Lester‘s performance.  He entered with a 6.17 ERA in his previous six starts, but he won four of them anyway because the offense has been so strong.  In this one, he completely shut down the Jays, limiting them to one run and two hits over eight innings.  The lone run came on a Jose Bautista homer that Jacoby Ellsbury just missed catching as it bounced off the top of the center-field fence at Rogers Centre.

In torching the Blue Jays, the Red Sox probably punched Kyle Drabek‘s ticket back to the minors.  Drabek gave up three of the four homers and and a total of eight runs in four-plus innings.  He’s struggled mightily in three straight starts, and his ERA is up to 5.70 ERA for the season.

The Blue Jays are expecting Jesse Litsch (shoulder) back by the end of the month, but they probably can’t wait for him to replace Drabek.  They may bring up Brad Mills from Triple-A Las Vegas to serve as their fifth starter until Litsch returns.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Drabek the latest highly rated blowjay prospect to fall flat on his face

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      What an insane comment that deserves all the thumbs down comments that it has received. Drabek is just 23 and has been having control problems. He will be back just as Roy Halladay had to go back to the minors for seasoning.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

        The truth hurts proudly i know, drabak is another synder, another wells, another rios, you see it goes on and on with the blowjay farm system. They produce NOTHING and will forever be a .500 team until the end of time or until they join the expos. Thats just the reailty of things

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        Please take it down a notch, dirtyharry1971. State your opinions all you want, but if can’t simply call them the Jays or something more appropriate, I’ll start deleting posts.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM

        Adam Lind, Ricky Romero, and J.P. Arencibia say “Hi!”

        Vernon Wells has had a pretty good career (not his fault Ricciardi was a moron). I wouldn’t exactly call him a Blue Jays “highly rated prospect who fell flat on his face.”

        And if we’re talking Toronto farm system products on other teams, there’s Marcum. And some guy named Halladay or something. And probably a bunch of guys I can’t think of right now.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        Well, I’m not sure how much developing the Blue Jays did with Drabek. He is primarily a product of the Philadelphia farm system. So, I’m not sure why this character is bashing the Blue Jays farm system on this one. Saw him pitch in the minors a couple times. Great stuff. A little bit wild at times. I think he will be a front of the rotation guy, just not yet.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:51 PM

        He may be spewing inappropriate nonsense, but as long as he isn’t being profane then you shouldn’t start deleting posts. One of the things that makes this site great is the dialogue, even the stupid wind ups. If one starts cherry picking comments or deleting posts pretty soon you end up with Florio’s site where criticisms are shunned. Hell, even over on probasketballtalk they don’t delete comments. In a fairly long winded post I called Kurt Helin a Miami Heat fanboy and hack. He even responded. I like open and frank opinion sharing as long as it isn’t profane.

      • JBerardi - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

        “One of the things that makes this site great is the dialogue”

        One of the things that doesn’t make this site great is dirtyharry73.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

        Be that as it may, but you don’t want to get a reputation for shutting down unpopular opinions. Like I said, as long as he isn’t being profane then let him spew whatever garbage he wants. For the record, I am not defending this character nor think that his opinion is remotely correct.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:09 PM

        Seems to me it was because he was being profane in his “blowjays”-directed insults that he was warned.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        I wouldn’t consider that profane. Do you see some of the language that gets thrown around on this board?

      • oldpaddy - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM

        Howard Sterns penis!!!!!

    • bobwsc - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      is it cool in your mom’s basement this time of year?

  2. Jack Marshall - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    I’m trying to guess what Craig’s justification will be for not putting Boston at the top of the Power Rankings . I’m sure he’ll have a good one. Any guesses?

  3. missthemexpos - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Trading away Marcum (a trade I was not too happy about) has left the Jays with some very inexperienced arms. However you have to remember that even Roy Halladay needed to go back to A-Ball before returning to the majors and dominating. Long term I am still confident about Drabek.

    • JBerardi - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Plenty of young starters have struggled to break into the AL East. It’s probably the hardest transition to make in baseball. Look at Clay Buchholz for a more recent example.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Drabek can still be good. Too early to call him a bust. I think if the Jays had a veteran staff in place, he would not have been in the majors yet this season.

  5. cur68 - Jun 13, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Drabek, barring injury, could well pitch a no hitter one day. His arm is very good but he panics easily, lacks a cutter or slider that he can rely on for a strike and seems to never throw the curve for a strike. His fastball is very good but he’s forced to rely on it for a strike too often and he never seems able to locate it on the corners. Some time in the minors to polish up a slider, change speeds, locate better, and keep his cool is exactly what he needs.

    All that being said, this is the Red Sox that every one expected at the start of the season. Dominant. Clicking on all cylinders and pitching really well. As its gone along and the weather has turned warmer the Sox have all rounded into form, including Crawford, who REALLY needed the chance to acclimatize to playing in a more northern climate before the start of the season. He sucked in the cold April weather.

    The only bright spot for me today was seeing that b-a-r-l-e-y over the wall homer by Bautista. At least someone on the team is leading in something.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 13, 2011 at 2:31 AM

      Barley makes for good baseball.

      • cur68 - Jun 13, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        Up late and still sleuthing, eh Ari? You are barely correct.

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