Top 7: Call for Okajima and cover your eyes...

September 23, 2008 - 2:10 pm
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Manager Terry Francona surely summoned Hideki Okajima into a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh with significant reservations. Okajima entered the game as the worst Red Sox reliever with inherited runners, having allowed 59.1 percent of teammates' runners to score. Moreover, the southpaw has been brutal this year with the bases load, with opponents crushing him at a .462/.429/.769/1.198 clip when the bases are at full vacancy. But Okajima retired switch-hitter Victor Martinez (batting .322 this year versus lefties) after an eight-pitch battle on a weak foul pop to first baseman Kevin Youkilis, and so the Sox are now within two innings of clinching their postseason entry.