In economic/legal terms, they call it FORCE MAJEURE. Tonight, the Sox had too much Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Jonathan Papelbon, stretching their record to 15-7 against the LA Angels of Anaheim.
Answering yesterday's criticism, Ellsbury had his first two homerun game, had a key leadoff bunt in the eighth, and scored on a double into the leftfield corner by four-hit DUSTBUSTER, who raised his average to .364.
Yes, I'm drinking the Jacoby-Aid as Ellsbury assumes the league lead in runs scored, and his uber-night brings his stats to .308/.448/.529/.977.
Not overlooked tonight, Kevin Youkilis drilled a two-run game-tying homer in the fifth, as the eighth ranked (ESPN) Sox picked up their major league leading 15th victory. Jonathan Papelbon racked up his eighth April save with a one-two-three blowdown of Gary Matthews and Vlad Guerriero on strikeouts and Garrett Anderson on a soft fly to Manny to finish.
Now the bad news. Josh Beckett was out with a stiff neck, and the Angels cuffed around David Pauley. Pauley will be headed back down to Pawtucket tomorrow and the Sox may bring up a third catcher with Jason Varitek recovering from illness.
Remarkably, the Sox had yet another come-from-behind win rallying from a 5-1 deficit. The bullpen also added 4 2/3 innings of one run pitching to hold the Angels down while the offense connected.