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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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.
David Price had a great start for the Red Sox, but unfortunately, so did the White Sox pitching staff, led by Dylan Covey, who pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 walk with 7 punch-outs. The Olde Towne Team went 3-for-30 in the game, though Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers each doubled off Covey. Still, the Sox were shut out. For Price, the only blemish came in the 7th, when Kevan Smith doubled and scored on a single by Charlie Tilson. Sale went 8 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk, with 10 Ks. No matter how good your pitcher is, you can’t win if you don’t score. Chicago beat Boston, 1-0, at Fenway Park. Record: 43-21. Game 64/98.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 6) The boys are back. And they brought their big bats with them. Ever since the arrival of Rafael Devers and Eduardo Núñez, these Red Sox have been looking like the Bosox of old, swinging the big bats and hitting those homers. Núñez contributed his dinger in the first inning off White Sox starter Mike Pelfry, and Chris Young, who went 3-for-4 in the game, got two: one in the first, and the other, a 3 run job in the 5th; plus he doubled in Andrew Benintendi in the 3rd. Sandy Leon also doubled in the game, and scored on Young’s second bomb. Doug Fister struggled in the second inning on the mound for Boston, giving up 4 hits, including a double to Tyler Saladino, for 3 runs. But he settled down after that, giving up a total of 8 hits and no walks over 6 1/3rd innings, while punching out 7. The bullpen finished things from there, and Craig Kimbrel, with his 27th save an a 1.51 ERA, is entering the rare air for a closer. The Sox are riding the crest of a 6 game winning streak and after a day off, head for St. Petersburg to face the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston beat Chicago, 6-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 63-49. Game 112/50.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 5) Not so scary. James Shields was a terror to Red Sox fans when he was a starter for the Tampa Bay Rays a few years ago, but his fastball has lost about 5-6 MPH, and he is no longer a mystery to Boston’s hitters. Shields, starting for the Chicago White Sox, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits including home runs for Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley, Jr., and doubles by Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts. Boston starter Drew Pomeranz, meanwhile, looked confident, and even though he got into trouble a few times in his 6 1/3rd innings, he surrendered just one run on a homer by Tim Anderson in the 1st inning. He ended up giving up 7 hits and a walk while whiffing 8. Blaine Boyer provided a solid 1 2/3rd innings, and Craig Kimbrel mopped up from there. Although Kimbrel did hit Chicago’s Leury Garcia with a pitch, he subsequently picked him off, and ended the game with 2 punch-outs. Boston beat Chicago, 4-1, at Fenway Park. Record: 62-49. Game 111/51.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 4) Star of the day. A million years ago, on Channel 4 (WBZ) in Boston, there was a show called Community Auditions, which opened with Dave Maynard singing (badly) “Star of the day, who will it be?” Well, today, it was Mitch Moreland, who ended an 11 inning struggle against the Chicago White Sox with a dramatic 2 out solo jack clear over the Monster. Eduardo Rodríguez started this one, looking for his first win since coming off the DL. Well, he didn’t get the win, but he did supply 6 solid innings, giving up just 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, while punching out 5. The White Sox struck first, with a double by José and after a walk, a 2 RBI double to Nicky Delmonico. Boston came back in the 5th the with a series of singles by Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Chris Young that resulted in one run, and in the 6th with a solo bomb over the Monster by Eduardo Núñez. What followed was a display of clutch pitching on both sides, as well as some amazing fielding plays, including a key pick-off by Christian Vazquez of Delmonico in the 11th. Moreland’s 11th inning dinger decided the game, but this was a total team effort. Boston beat Chicago, 3-2 in 11 innings, at Fenway Park. Record: 61-49. Game 110/52.
#RedSox Game Summary (August 3) Batters up. Rick Porcello had a rough game as Red Sox starter today, giving up 5 runs over 5 1/3rd innings, on 7 hits and 2 walks, with just 6 Ks. But Boston hitters bailed him out, big time. Boston scored 7 runs over the first 2 innings, but that was not enough to make a win seem secure. In the 1st, Andrew Benintendi doubled, Eduardo Núñez, singled, Hanley Ramírez doubled, and Rafael Devers homered off White Sox starter Miguel González for 4 runs. In the 2nd, Christian Vazquez singled, and Mookie Betts hit a 2 run “Fenway homer” to left. After Benny got a HBP, he scored on a single by Hanley. But the White Sox kept it close. In the 2nd, Yoan Moncada walked, Nicky Delmonico and Tyler Salandino singled to score Moncada, and Delmonico scored on a fielder’s choice. In the 3rd, Leury Garcia singled, stole 2nd, and scored, along with Moncada, on a 3 run homer by Delmonico. So, after 3 innings, the score was 7-5, and Rick just did not look in control, yet remained in the game. But he held the line after that, and the bullpen held the line from the 6th inning to the end. Meanwhile, Mitch Moreland doubled in the 5th and scored on a Benintendi single. In the 6th, Xander Bogaerts singled and scored on Moreland double, so really, the game was never in any serious doubt. Boston beat Chicago, 9-5, at Fenway Park. Record: 60-49. Game 109/53.
#RedSox Game Summary (May 31) The prodigal son returns. After an absence of over a month, due to a sprained knee, Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 against the White Sox, driving in a run. This was also an excellent game for Boston starter Drew Pomeranz, who went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 7 hits and no walks, while striking out 8; possibly his best start for the Olde Towne Team. The one White Sox run came when Avisail Garcia singled in the 6th, and scored on a Tim Anderson double. White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey kept Boston off the scoreboard through 5, but Chicago manager Rick Renteria decided that his pecant for collapsing the third time through the opposing order meant that it was time for a change. The Red Sox rewarded Pomeranz in the 6th, as Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland both singled, and after an intentional pass by Chicago reliever Anthony Swarzak to Jackie Bradley, Jr., Bogaerts scored on a fielder’s choice, Panda drove in Moreland with a single, and Christian Vazquez drove in 2 more runs with a double. Matt Barnes and Craig Kimberly dispatched the White Sox in the 8th and 9th; Kimbrel did it with 3 straight punch-outs. A solid game on multiple levels with an interesting decision for John Farrell; should he put Panda back at third, or work out some sort of DH platooning arrangement with Pablo and Hanley Ramirez? Stay tuned. Boston beat Chicago, 4-1, at (grateful I won’t have to write this again) Guaranteed Rate Field. Record: 29-23. Game 52/110.
#RedSox Game Summary (May 30) Fire Sale. Chris Sale had a tough outing in his first game against his old club, and they seemed unimpressed by his new position, hammering him for several innings. But it didn’t matter, as the Red Sox had something close to a historic night of homers and extra base hits to put the White Sox away. Chris’s game was horrible, especially by his standards, going just 5 innings, and giving up 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks, though with 9 punch-outs. The hits included a double by Avisaíl García and a home run by Todd Frazier. But Boston was able to jump all over Chicago starter José Quintana, knocking him out of the 3rd inning with 2 out after getting 10 hits, including 2 homers by Devan Marrero, and also by Mookie Betts, and doubles by Sam Travis and Jackie Bradley, Jr. But the White Sox put on a hitting display as well, including a double by Leury García and a homer by Tim Anderson, both off Blaine Boyer. In the end, Chicago had 7 runs on 14 walks and 3 walks. They went 14-for-40, slightly better than the Red Sox. But Boston had 13 runs on 16 hits and 4 walks. The Red Sox scored first, then the White Sox came back, and they seemed to go back and forth until the 5th, when a 3 run inning established the Boston lead for good. Every Boston batter got a hit except Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon, Sam Travis went 3-for-4. In addition to Marrero and Betts, JBJ, Xander Bogaerts, and Mitch Moreland also homered in the game. So, despite a rough start, Chris Sale got the run support he needed, and the win. Boston beat Chicago, 13-7, at (the ridiculously named) Guaranteed Rate Field. Record: 28-23. Game 51/111.
#RedSox Game Summary (May 29) Wanted: a slugger. John Farrell made the strategic choice of benching Mitch Moreland in favor of Sam Travis because of White Sox starter David Holmberg’s record against left-handed hitters. Perhaps a good reason, but it left the lineup with very little pop. Moreland did come into the game later, but perhaps it was too late (he whiffed, by the way). Boston started the scoring in the first inning, when Mookie Betts led off with a double, and scored on a Xander Bogaerts sac fly. In the 4th, two walks a Christian Vazquez double, and a fielder’s choice yielded 2 more Red Sox runs. Mookie Betts added one more in the 5th with a solo line drive homer to left. David Price, in his first start of the season after coming off the DL and a brief rehab stint in Pawtucket, looked pretty solid, except for the 3rd inning, when he walked two, then yielded a 3 run jack to Melky Cabrera. The Sox were leading, 4-3, going into the 7th. With Matt Barnes on the mound, Yolmer Sanchez tripled, and Kevan Smith doubled for the game-tying run. Smith subsequently scored on a Cabrera single. The Olde Towne Team went quietly after that, with 6 consecutive outs in the 8th and 9th innings. Chicago beat Boston, 5-4, at (no kidding) Guaranteed Rate Field. (It used to be US Cellular Field. This new name makes me think that naming rights for ballparks must be losing value. How long will it be before we see Jack’s Pawnshop and Payday Loans Park?) Record: 27-23. Game 50/112.