Jacoby Ellsbury might never come close to topping the career-high 32 home runs he blasted for the Boston Red Sox in 2011. But the New York Yankees outfielder still has some sneaky pop.
Ellsbury absolutely demolished a hanging breaking ball from Red Sox rookie starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 win Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. New York’s $153 million man sent the pitch sailing into the upper deck in right field.
Ellsbury’s solo home run — his fifth homer of the season — broke a 1-1 tie. It was all the Yankees’ bullpen needed, as Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined for three scoreless innings to nail down New York’s 61st win of 2015.
The Red Sox benefited from Ellsbury’s talent for seven seasons. Now, they’re being victimized by it.
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