14 Years Ago Today
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 8-5.
Vernon Wells hit 3 home runs. He was 3 for 4, with a walk and 4 RBI.
Troy Glaus had 2 solo home runs.
The Jays beat Josh Beckett, who, coming into the game, had a 7-1 record and a 3.80 ERA. He left the game with a 4.46 ERA,giving up 10 hits, 7 earned, 1 walk, 4 home runs, with 7 strikeouts.
- 3 in the first: Alex Rios singled and Wells and Glaus followed with back-to-back home runs, making it 3-1 Jays.
- 1 in the third: Well homered again in his second at bat, making it 4-1.
- 1 in the fourth: Bengie Molina led off with a double. Aaron Hill followed with a single. Edgardo Alfonza scored Molina with a ground out. Alfonzo signed with us as a free agent after being released by the Dodgers in May. He had been a pretty good infielder with the Mets, but at 32 he wasn’t anymore. He played in 12 games with the Jays, hit .162/.289/.189 in 43 at bats, and was released in June. He didn’t play in the majors again. 5-2 Jays.
- 2 in the fifth: Troy Glaus led off with his second home run of the game. An out later Shea Hillenbrand singled and Molina was hit by pitch. Hill singled to score Shea and that was it for Beckett. 7-2 Jays.
- 1 in the eighth: Well gets his third home run of the game. 8-5 Jays.
Gustavo Chacin got the start. He went 5 innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 earned, 4 walks with 1 strikeout. He got the win, moving to 6-1 on the season with a 5.11 ERA. We were scoring for him. Chacin finished the season 9-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 17 games. He made 5 starts for us in 2007 and then was sent to the minors. He didn’t pitch for us again.
Gibby ran out 6 relievers over the last 4 innings, including sending B.J. Ryan out there for a 4 out save, his 12th of the season.
The win gave the Jays a 28-22 record, 1.5 games behind the Red Sox and Yankees who were tied for first. We would finish the season 87 and 75, good for second place, 10 games back of the Yankees.
The 3 home runs raised Wells’ batting line to .325/.379/.615 with 15 home runs. He would finished the season with a .303/.357/.542 line with 32 home runs.
|Reed Johnson LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||5||.343||.439||.419||.858||23||15||-0.040|
|Alex Rios RF||5||1||2||0||0||2||5||.352||.386||.637||1.023||24||16||-0.014|
|Vernon Wells CF||4||3||3||4||1||1||5||.325||.379||.615||.994||16||9||0.282||3·HR|
|Troy Glaus 3B||4||2||2||2||1||0||5||.261||.362||.611||.973||24||13||0.125||2·HR|
|Lyle Overbay DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.299||.380||.503||.883||16||11||-0.066|
|Shea Hillenbrand 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.335||.370||.540||.910||13||11||-0.027|
|Bengie Molina C||2||1||1||0||0||0||3||.288||.326||.432||.758||11||8||0.035||2B,HBP|
|Gregg Zaun C||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.342||.379||.620||1.000||4||3||0.012|
|Aaron Hill SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||4||.257||.293||.353||.646||12||10||0.033|
|Edgardo Alfonzo 2B||3||0||0||1||0||0||4||.089||.136||.107||.243||13||8||-0.012||HBP|
|Coco Crisp CF||4||2||1||0||1||1||5||.324||.375||.486||.861||16||10||-0.074||SB|
|Kevin Youkilis 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||5||.315||.429||.478||.907||23||14||-0.008|
|David Ortiz DH||4||0||1||0||1||0||5||.267||.362||.545||.906||16||10||0.054|
|Manny Ramirez LF||2||0||0||1||3||1||5||.305||.435||.569||1.004||29||13||-0.001||IW|
|Jason Varitek C||4||1||1||1||1||1||5||.240||.337||.397||.735||18||11||-0.080|
|Mike Lowell 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||5||.321||.373||.571||.944||14||10||0.047||HBP|
|Trot Nixon RF||5||1||1||1||0||0||5||.295||.408||.436||.844||15||9||-0.096||HR|
|Alex Gonzalez SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||5||.221||.291||.307||.598||22||14||0.040|
|Alex Cora 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||4||.273||.373||.318||.691||11||9||-0.055|
|Gustavo Chacin, W (6-1)||5||4||2||2||4||1||0||5.11||23||88||52||0.086|
|Jason Frasor, H (3)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||6.38||5||14||10||0.183|
|Scott Schoeneweis, H (8)||0.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||7.04||3||6||5||-0.101|
|Justin Speier, H (8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.79||1||5||4||0.102|
|B.J. Ryan, S (12)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.69||4||12||10||0.118|
|Josh Beckett, L (7-2)||4.2||10||7||7||1||7||4||4.46||26||93||61||22||-0.369|