Jacoby Ellsbury steals his way into the record books
Jacoby Ellsbury put on a game for the record books on Thursday as he became the only man in Red Sox history to steal five bases in a single game. Ellsbury now leads the American League in steals with a total of 21 on the season.
Ellsbury fell two steals short of the all-time record held by George Gore and Billy Hamilton, set in the late 1800’s. The modern record is six held by Carl Crawford, Otis Nixon and Eric Young. All five of his steals came against the same catcher, Eric Katz, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel absolved him by blaming the pitchers for failing to keep Ellsbury on the bag.
The centerfielder did all he could to get into scoring position going 3-4 with a walk and a hit by pitch to go along with is five steals, but only managed to score a single run for the victorious Red Sox. Ellsbury was able to help the Red Sox put on a dominate performance as the surging Red Sox were able to put away the Phillies.
The Phillies are doing their best effort to crack the elusive .500 mark, and would have with a win, but now fall to 26-28 on the season. The Phillies may need some magic soon as the fall six and half games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL-East. The Red Sox however were able to help stretch their lead over the Yankees and Orioles as they compete in what many believe to be the MLB’s toughest division.
The Red Sox lost to the Yankees on Friday night 4-1. Ellsbury was out due to a groin injury and is listed as day-to-day.