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Jacoby Ellsbury sets Red Sox record with five steals

May 31, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury,  Jimmy Rollins AP

Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in five of his six plate appearances last night and wreaked havoc on the Phillies once he was there, setting a Red Sox record with five steals.

Ellsbury stole all five off catcher Erik Kratz, who came into the game having thrown out 40 percent of steal attempts during his career. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said afterward that much of the blame was on the Phillies’ pitchers for letting Ellsbury “get a walking lead.”

Not only did Ellsbury set the Red Sox record for steals in a game, he became just the 20th player since 1970 to swipe five or more bases in a game. No one had done it since Carl Crawford and Dexter Fowler in 2009 and Ellsbury is just the fifth player to do it in the past decade. Baseball-Reference.com’s indispensable “Play Index” has the full list, which includes Alex Cole and Eric Young doing it twice each.

Ellsbury, who led the league in steals in 2008 and 2009, has swiped 21 bags in 54 games while being caught just twice.

  1. aceshigh11 - May 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Awesome performance by Ellsbury last night.

    • pisano - May 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      aces… I always liked him, he has all the tools, speed, pop in his bat, and defense, he’ll draw a lot of attention when he’s a free agent.

  2. kjericho43 - May 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Free tacos for all !!!

  3. dan46778 - May 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    N next yr he be out of town bc he does not want to be here

    • bobwsc - May 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      what else did he say during your conversation with him?

    • jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      It will most likely come down to the Red Sox not wanting him enough in dollars.

  4. jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Do you think he will be run out of town and steal a new contract from someone else?

    I’ll be here all week.

  5. joestemme - May 31, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Ellsbury is such a tantalizing player. So many tools, but, often inconsistent, not to mention brittle.
    But, when he’s on, he’s pretty amazing to watch.

    • joestemme - May 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      And, right on cue, exhibit A just a few hours later:

      “Jacoby Ellsbury scratched with a groin”

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/31/jacoby-ellsbury-scratched-with-a-groin/

  6. pesky99 - May 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    That’s great about what he did last night.
    I would really like for him to work on being more consistant and healthy while he is with the Sox.
    I doubt he will stay in Boston, with his health and performance issues- the Sox aren’t going to give him a gazillion dollars.

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