#RedSox Game Summary (June 19) It’s Just Not Fair

Chris Sale had a great start, going 7 innings, and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 11 Twins. It should have been good enough for a win, but it wasn’t. The runs he surrendered came on a 2 RBI double by Eduardo Escobar in the 6th inning. The Sox had already scored with a Rafael solo bomb to right center off Minnesota starter José Berríos. Devers tied the score by singling in the 8th, advancing to 2nd on a fielder’s choice, and scoring on a line drive single by Sandy Leon. But in the bottom of the inning, things went very bad very fast. Robby Scott came on in relief of Sale and immediately walked one batter and hit another. After a fly ball out, he left and on came the usually reliable Joe Kelly. Not so reliable this time. Escobar hit a double that drove in one run, and a second scored on a Jackie Bradley, Jr. fielding error. After Brian Dozier walked, Robbie Grossman hit a bases clearing triple, and Joe was done, having allowed 4 runs to score (2 charged to Scott) while retiring no one. This is a game that you just put in the rear view mirror, and press on. Minnesota beat Boston, 6-2, at Target Field. Record: 49-25. Game 74/88.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 17) Redemption

After their shutout in the previous game, Red Sox hitters seemed determined to redeem themselves by scoring runs in bunches. They started with a big 3rd inning. After Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts singled off Seattle Mariners starter Mike Leake, JD Martinez walked to set up a bases loaded situation for Mitch Moreland. Mitch did his part, driving in 2 with a single. Then Rafael Devers delivered a 3 run bomb. In the 7th, Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a solo dinger to center field, and after Benny singled again, the X-Man launched a 2 run jack to left center. In the 8th, Christian Vázquez doubled, moved to 3rd on successive walks, and scored on a Benintendi sac fly. Eduardo Rodriguez had another fine start, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, with 9 punch outs. The runs came by a Nelson Cruz solo blast in the 4th, and a score by Ben Gamel, who doubled, reached 3rd on a single by Dee Gordon, and scored on a force at 2nd. The Mariners got a 3rd run in the 8th when Ryan Healy doubled off reliever Brandon Workman to drive in Mitch Haniger. The Red Sox went 13-for-38 off Seattle pitching. With the win, they have split the series at 2 games apiece. These two teams will meet again on the 22nd at Fenway Park. Boston beat Seattle, 9-3, at Safeco Field. Record: 49-24. Game 73/89.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 16) Le Blanked

Stephen Wright had an excellent start for the Red Sox, giving up just 1 run over 7 innings, but the Seattle Mariners starter, Wade LeBlanc completely stymied Red Sox hitters. Wright went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits, 2 balls, with 4 Ks. The one run came in the 3rd inning, when Dee Gordon singled, reached 2nd on a Mitch Haniger single, and scored on a single by Nelson Cruz. Brandon Workman held the line from there, giving up just a double to Jean Segura, who did not score. Meanwhile, LeBlanc went 7 2/3rds scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits, while registering 9 punch-outs. Alex Colomé and Edwin Díaz finished things off for the Mariners. Seattle beat Boston, 1-0, at Safeco Field. Record: 48-24. Game 72/90.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 15) Barnes Burner

The Red Sox had a 6-3 lead at one point, and watched as the lead eroded to 6-5, when Matt Barnes came on in the 8th to hold the line. But it was clear with the first few batters that Matt was having control issues, as a number of his high fastballs were sailing. And so it should not be too surprising that after giving up a walk and a hit, Barnes allowed a 2 run double to Denard Span that put the Mariners in the lead for good. It’s too bad, because it spoiled a fair, not great, start by Rick Porcello, who had issues early, yielding a solo bomb to Jean Segura in the 1st, and 2 more in the second, powered by 3 hits, including a double by Kyle Seager. But then he seemed to settle down until the 5th, when he allowed 3 straight hits for another run. Heath Hembree came on in the 7th, and immediately gave up a solo home run to Mike Zunino. The Red Sox had a monster 3rd inning that seemed to seal the deal, but… no. Four successive singles off Seattle starter James Paxton produced one run, and the Sox scored 2 more on an error by Seager. Then, with 2 still on base, Xander Bogaerts popped a 3 run dinger to right center, for a total of 6 runs. Sadly, that proved not to be enough. Seattle beat Boston, 7-6, at Safeco Field. Record: 48-23. Game 71/91.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 14) A Work of Art

David Price was David Price all the way in this low scoring pitchers’ duel versus “King” Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners. Price pitched 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits and no walks, with 7 strikeouts. The only run came in the 5th inning when Kyle Seager and Ryan Healy hit back-to-back singles, and Seager stole 3rd and scored on a sac fly. The Mariners had not extra-base hits off Red Sox pitching. Hernández was also good, but not quite good enough. In the 2nd, Rafael Devers singled, and scored on a Jackie Bradley, Jr. double. In the 6th, Xander Bogaerts hit a laser shot to center for what would prove to be the winning run. Joe Kelly was solid in the 8th, but Craig Kimbrel gave us a little heartburn in the 9th, walking the first two Mariner batters before getting a K and double play to end the game. This was a good way to start this 4 game set against a club that has often been in contention, but over its 41 history has never won a pennant. Boston beat Seattle, 2-1, at Safeco Field. Record: 48-22. Game 70/92.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 13) A Much Needed Sweep

Not only did the Red Sox complete their sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in this series, but Mookie Betts seemed to return to his home run hitting form. Chris Sale had a fine start, going 6 innings while giving up just 1 run on 2 hits and 4 walks with 9 Ks. The one run came in the 7th after Sale was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. He had thrown a number of pitches at the edges of the strike zone, and the calls were going against him, to the point where he had the bases loaded in the 4th, though no one scored. After walking 2 straight in the 7th, his remonstrance led to a trip to the showers. Before he left, however, he gave home plate umpire Brian Knight more than a piece of his mind in a shouting tirade. Brandon Workman came on in relief, and saw the runner on 2nd, Mark Turbo, reach 3rd on a fielder’s choice and score on a sac fly (the run was charged to Sale, of course). The Red Sox opened their scoring in the 3rd, with a very welcome solo blast by Mookie Betts off the Orioles’ starter, Yefry Ramírez.  In the 5th, a succession of walks, a sac fly and a pair of deep singles plated 3 more Boston runs. In the 7th, JD Martinez rounded out the scoring with a solo jack of his own (his 22nd). Baltimore’s Jace Peterson also doubled in the game off reliever Justin Haley, but did not score. Boston beat Baltimore, 5-1, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Record: 47-22. Game 69/93.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 12) A Solid Win

Eduardo Rodriguez looked good in this start for the Red Sox, and while Boston bats did not exactly batter the Birds with hits, they got them when they counted. Eduardo allowed just two Baltimore runs; one in the first inning when Joey Rickard hit a solo bomb to left center, and the other in the 3rd when Rickard walked, reached 2nd on a force play, and scored on a single by Danny Valencia. Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3rds innings, yielding 2 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks with 4 punch-outs. Boston came back strong in the 2nd, and held the lead from there. In the 2nd, Rafael Devers hit a 2 run dinger off O’s starter David Hess. Andrew Benintendi hit a solo jack in the 3rd, and by the 4th, Hess was coming unraveled. After giving up a succession of singles to load the bases, he walked Benny to force in a run, and that was the night for Hess. On came Miguel Castro, who immediately allowed a walk on a balk. Ouch. The Sox picked up an additional tally in the 5th, when Xander Bogaerts singled, reached 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a hit by Christian Vázquez. Despite the usually reliable Craig Kimbrel walking 2 in the 9th, both of whom scored on a Mark Trumbo double, the Boston lead held. Boston beat Baltimore, 6-4, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Record: 46-22. Game 68/94.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 11) They Blinked First

This was a 12 inning scoreless odyssey until Boston finally broke the tie. Stephen Wright acquitted himself well, going 6 2/3rds innings against the Baltimore Orioles, surrendering just 4 hits and 3 walks with 5 Ks. The knuckleballer’s only real jam came in the 7th, when he exited with the bases loaded and two out. On came Joe Kelly, who struck out Adam Jones with a succession of fastballs whizzing by at 96-98 MPH. Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy was masterful as well, going 8 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks, while whiffing 7. The game took quite a toll on both bullpens as it wore on. Finally, in the 12th, Xander Bogaerts singled, Rafael Devers doubled, and Eduardo Núñez was hit by a pitch from Mychal Givens to load the bases. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley, Jr. then hit sacrifice flies in succession for the 2 runs needed for victory. Craig Kimbrel came on in the bottom of the inning to close it out, at last. Of note is that Mookie Betts got his first hit since returning to the lineup. Boston beat Baltimore, 2-0 in 12 innings, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Record: 45-22. Game 67/95.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 10) Freakish Fall

Rick Porcello deserved a better fate. The Red Sox starter saw the Chicago White Sox get all the runs they would need to win on a rough start, followed by a series of hitless plays involving errors and freakish happenstance. The first came in the first inning, when José Abreu doubled in a run. Then the weirdness started, in the 3rd, when Rafael Devers muffed a double play ball, allowing Abreu, who had walked to go all the way to third while the hitter reached. Porcello then hit Matt Davidson to load the bases, and after that, walked in a run. In the 6th, Tim Anderson walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored all the way from second on a strange ground ball to first. Mitch Moreland fielded the ball and forced out the runner, but their legs became entangled in the process. So he tried to get the ball to Porcello, who fired it home, but it was too late. Those three runs were all the White Sox would need, though they picked up 2 more in the 9th when Daniel Palka doubled them in to put icing on the cake. The Red Sox made 2 errors in the game, and they both hurt. Rick finished with 6 innings pitched, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and an unusual 3 walks, with 5 Ks. Boston’s runs came when JD Martinez doubled off Chicago starter Reynaldo López and scored on a single by Devers in the 2nd, and Andrew Benintendi doubled and scored on an error by our old friend Yoan Moncada in the 7th. So, the Sox dropped the series, 2-1, to the lowly Chicagos. Hurry back, Mookie and Dustin! Chicago beat Boston, 5-2, at Fenway Park. Record: 44-22. Game 66/96.

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#RedSox Game Summary (June 9) Priced to Move

I don’t know what it is, but whenever David Price starts for the Red Sox, the team finds a way to score enough runs for victory. Price pitched 7 strong innings, giving up 2 runs, and the Boston bats did the rest. The two Chicago White Sox runs came in the very first inning, when Tim Anderson singled, move to 2nd on a subsequent walk, and scored on José Abreu’s double. José Randón, who had walked, scored on a subsequent fielder’s choice. The Sox struck back immediately when off White Sox starter Carlos Rodón walked Andrew Benintendi, who advanced on a subsequent fielding error by Tim Anderson, and scored on another error, this one by our old friend Yoan Moncada. All in all, the White Sox had a pretty sloppy game, with 3 errors and two wild pitches. Jackie Bradley, Jr. tied the score with a solo bomb to dead center in the 2nd, and in the 5th the Sox got all the cushion they would need on a 2 run blast by JD Martinez (his 21st). Price left the game after 6 innings, having given up 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 6 punch-outs. Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel then took us home.  Yolmer Sánchez, pinch hitting for Randón, tripled off Barnes, but did not score. Boston beat Chicago, 4-2, at Fenway Park. Record: 44-21. Game 65/97.

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