Ellsbury steals the show

The Guru
Contributing Writer

The reports on the demise of one Jacoby Ellsbury were, shall we say, greatly exaggerated.

In Thursday's Red Sox 9-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Ellsbury was on base five times with three singles, a walk, a hit-by pitch and a Sox record five stolen bases.

The five steals broke Jerry Remy’s record of four set in 1980 and Ellsbury’s own in 2010. Ellsbury now leads the American League with 21 stolen bases this season. Here's Ellsbury's record breaking steal.

It’s no secret Ellsbury got off to a slow start. There were even some trade “Ellsbury for Cliff Lee” rumors floating around this week. But as the weather has begun to heat up, so has the Red Sox lead-off hitter.

And when you're hot, you're hot.

In the last ten games Ellsbury has raised his average almost 25 points to .268. He's reached base in ten straight games and Ellsbury's on-base percentage has grown from a May-low of .303 to a more respectable .337. His three extra-base hits this week were as many as the previous four weeks combined.

After the game, the Phillies sent third base over to Ellsbury in the Sox clubhouse. Seems fitting, as it did belong to him last night.

Ellsbury and the Sox will try to stay hot and atop the American League East as they travel to the Bronx to face the slumping Yankees in a three game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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