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Red Sox Game 55 recap: Franklin Comes Alive

Highest WPA: Franklin Morales, .116 (5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 ER, HR)
Lowest WPA: Stephen Drew, -.054 (0-4, BB, RBI, 2 K, 3 LOB, GIDP)

Okay, so Morales only went 5, and allowed as many walks as strikeouts, and was facing a bad offensive team, is of a handedness that limited Philadelphia’s best hitter, and is generally not a good starter. But dammit, he didn’t hurt my enjoyment of this game; that honor was left to the incessant “commentary” of one Rob Bradford. I feel Jerry Remy’s allergy pain, but Bradford and Eckersley’s fill-in work for NESN always makes him terribly missed.

But anyway, the real story of the night was Jacoby Ellsbury. Phillies catcher Erik Kratz isn’t a Saltalamacchian liability behind the plate, but he was unable to stop the Boston speedster, who got on base five times and stole a team record five bases as a result. It was really a great game for a lot of Sporting Nerds-maligned players; as well as Morales and Ellsbury being lucky and good, respectively, Salty and Iglesias combined for 3 doubles, Gomes homered (off a bad lefty, so basically fulfilling the bare minimum reasons he has a job), and Dustin Pedroia’s thumb stayed intact and opposable for another day.

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