No matter how hard he tried, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz could not catch Boston speedster Jacoby Ellsbury stealing when the Red Sox visited Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night.
Kratz was behind the plate when Ellsbury broke a Red Sox record, stealing five bases in the game as his team pounded the Phillies 9-2. The Boston center fielder managed to reach base on five of his six plate appearances, including one when he was hit by a pitch from reliever Jeremy Horst in the sixth. Ellsbury swiped second and third immediately after.
According to the Boston Globe, the steals were the most for any MLB player in a single game since Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford took six in 2009.
"Usually when I get to three or four, the game gets out of hand and I have to shut down the run game," Ellsbury told ESPNBoston.com. "It was nice be able to get a fifth one."
Ellsbury led the league in stolen bases in 2008 and 2009 and has tallied 21 bags throughout 54 games in 2013.
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