#RedSox Game Summary (August 13) The rivalry is back. C’mon. Admit it. You miss those white knuckle moments: Red Sox vs. Yankees, everything on the line. We’re not quite there yet, but close. New York has a fine team, and once those guys get a little more experience, they are going to be very scary. Even in this game, the Sox had all they could handle. Boston ace and dead-lock for the Cy Young Award Chris Sale was fantastic in this game, going 7 innings and giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks, with 12 strikeouts. That one run came in the 5th inning, when Mookie Betts, uncharacteristically, muffed a fly ball near the right field fence. It was called a hit, but really, he should have had it. It ended up as a triple, which allowed Chase Headley, who singled, to score. Boston scored off Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery (who also had a fine game) in the top of the 5th when Brock Holt walked, reached 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Jackie Bradley, Jr. After Sales was done, Matt Barnes came on in the 8th, and after getting the first man out, allowed a hit and 2 walks to load the bases for Todd Frazier, whose sac fly untied the game, 2-1. In the 9th, it looked like Aroldis Chapman, whose pitchers were AVERAGING over 100 MPH, was going to dispatch the Sox fairly quickly, but no one told that to rookie Rafael Devers, whose solo bomb to left center tied the score. In the bottom of the 9th, Addison Reed walked the leadoff man, but after a sacrifice bunt moved him to 2nd, Reed got a ground out off our old friend Jacoby Ellsbury, and Craig Kimbrel came on to whiff Brett Gardner. In the 10th, Chapman, still on, and now (technically) hitting since his DH (Gary Sánchez) assumed a fielding position (catcher) hit JBJ, walked Eduardo Núñez, and walked Betts to load the bases for Andrew Benintendi who, of course, singled in what would prove to be the winning run. In the bottom of the 10th, Kimbrel dispatched the Yanks in order to pick up the win. Boston beat New York, 3-2 in 10 innings, at Yankee Stadium. Record: 67-50. Game 117/45.
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#RedSox Game Summary (August 12) O rare Ben’s johnsons! (Apologies to English lit majors everywhere) Andrew “Benny” Benintendi accomplished an unusual feat in today’s game, hitting 3 run homers (which Dennis Eckersley likes to call “johnsons”) in two consecutive at-bats, powering the Red Sox to a big win over the Yankees. Sox starter Drew Pomeranz struggled in the first inning against New York, giving up a 2 run jack to Gary Sanchez (it was one of those weak fly balls that just barely made it past the corner of the short porch in right field) to put the Sox in an early hole. He settled down after that, with just one other truly rough patch coming in the 4th, when he gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases, allowing one run to score on a fielder’s choice. Pomeranz finished with 3 runs on his record off 7 hits and 2 walks with 5 Ks over 6 2/3rds innings. For the Sox, the fun started in the 3rd when, after Yankee starter Luis Severino walked two with one out, Eduardo Núñez reached base on a throwing error by Todd Frazier to load them up for Mookie Betts, whose line drive to left plated 2 runs. Then came Benny’s first blast, to make it a 5 run inning. In the 5th, after a single by Núñez and double by Betts, Benny did it again. But the Sox weren’t done scoring yet. Mitch Moreland doubled, and an error by Didi Gregorius made it 1st and 3rd for Rafael Devers, who doubled in 2 more. In the 9th, Boston reliever Robby Scott decided to make things a little more interesting by serving up solo home run balls to Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury in succession. But as Craig Kimbrel began warming in the ‘pen, he settled down and got 3 outs in succession to end the game. Boston beat New York, 10-5, at Yankee Stadium. Record: 66-50. Game 116/46.
#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 (July 24) Got Nuthin’. The Red Sox were shut out tonight, and while that could be due to an excellent outing by Mariners’ starting pitcher James Paxton, it looked more like batters without confidence unable to connect. The Sox were unable to get a hit until Mookie Betts singled in the 6th. They had 4 hits in the game altogether, and failed to score. Eduardo Rodriguez showed flashes of his former brilliance, but struggled in the 2nd, when Kyle Seager hit a solo homer, and Ben Gamel tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice. With one on, Jean Segura doubled in Seattle’s third run. The Mariners got their 4th run when Gamel singled and scored on a double by Danny Valencia. This was not just an overpowering performance by Seattle pitching, but a weak series of plate appearances by the Sox. Maybe, in the spirit of Bull Durham, John Farrell needs to throw an armful of bats into the showers. If it were only so simple. Seattle beat Boston, 4-0, at Safeco Field. Record: 55-46. Game 101/61.
#RedSox Game Summary (July 20) Stumbling into a split. Red Sox starter Doug Fister struggled against the Toronto Blue Jays and a key misplay helped the Jays have a big inning, gaining them the series split. Toronto scored first, after Russell Martin doubled in the 1st and scored on a double by Josh Donaldson. In the 3rd, Fister walked two batters in a row, and after another out, a third, to load the bases for Steve Pearce. He popped up, and it looked like Fister was going to get out of the inning without damage, but the sun was shining directly in the eyes of Brock Holt, who was playing 2nd in place of Dustin Pedroia (Dustin was given a partial day off; he was the DH). Holt lost the ball, and 2 runs scored. After yet another walk, Ryan Goins drove in 2 more runs, for a 4 run Toronto inning. The Jays added to their lead with a solo jack by Justin Smoak in the 5th, and in the 6th, after reliever Fernando Abad walked 2 with one out, Ben Taylor came on to yield a single to Smoak, scoring another run. The Sox did not give up on this, however. They actually had the lead in the 2nd when Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon hit back-to-back doubles off Toronto starter Francisco Liriano, driving him from the game, to score one run, and 3 consecutive singles by Deven Marrero, Holt, and Mookie Betts scored 2 more, for a total of 3 (2 were charged to Liriano, and 1 to Dominic Leone, who relieved him). In the 7th, Pedey hit a 3 run smash over the Monster (La Luna!) to bring the Sox within 1 run (7-6). But in the 9th, Justin Smoak hit his 2nd homer of the game, a solo smash to left center off Brian Workman, to ice Toronto’s cake. The boys are still a little off-kilter following the All Star break. Toronto beat Boston, 8-6, at Fenway Park. Record: 54-43. Game 97/65.
#RedSox Game Summary (July 15) Prize fight. This game consumed everything both the Yankees and Red Sox had to offer, and in the end, the Bombers ended up on top. Chris Sale pitched a masterpiece, going 7 2/3rds scoreless innings while giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks, and striking out 13. For his efforts, he got a no-decision, as did his initial opponent, Yankee starter Luis Severino, who went 7 innings and gave up the only Boston run. It came in the 3rd inning, when he walked Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia, then loaded the bases with an infield single to Xander Bogaerts. Mitch Moreland drove in Betts with a sac fly. As the game wore on, it looked like the Sox were going to eke out a 1-0 victory, especially after, with 118 pitches under his belt and 2 out in the 8th, Chris Sale came out in favor of the estimable Craig Kimbrel. But Kimbrel surrendered a solo home run to Matt Holliday in the top of the 9th, and we knew we would have to settle in for an epic battle. There was controversy in the 11th, when Holliday walked, and then when Mitch Moreland fielded a high chopper off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury, threw to 2nd to force out Holliday, and the X-Man, who took the throw, lasered it back to 1st. But Holliday, apparently thinking Moreland had touched 1st, or else that he caught the ball on the fly, turned and ran back to 1st, blocking out Moreland as he went to field Xander’s throw, which allowed Ellsbury to reach safely. John Farrell argued that this was runner interference, so the umpires checked the rules with New York, and ruled against the Sox. This was a blunder, in my view. Holliday was forced out, and his presence on the field was illegal. Arguably, the throw could have gotten Ellsbury. It should have been a double play be reason of runner interference. Farrell played the rest of the game under protest, though this probably won’t result in anything. As the game wore on, both teams had their chances, but could not score, and exhausted their bullpens in the process. Finally, Farrell resorted to using Doug Fister, even though he is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Clearly weary in his 3rd inning of work, Fister allowed a double to Ellsbury in the 16th, followed by a pair of singles to give the Yanks the go-ahead run. Austin Romine hit another single to drive in the 3rd New York run, and after a sac bunt and intentional walk to load the bases, a sac fly by Gary Sánchez provided the final Yankee score. The Sox went quietly in the bottom of the 16th, ending this 5 hour and 50 minute marathon. New York beat Boston, 4-1 in 16 innings, at Fenway Park. Record: 51-40. Game 91/71.
#RedSox Game Summary (July 8) Cans of corn on Cobb. Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb is not an overpowering pitcher, and his stats are only average, but today he was dominant. Not a big strikeout guy, he was putting the Red Sox away on routine ground balls and cans of corn. But he gave up just 2 hits and 1 walk over 7 2/3rds scoreless innings while whiffing 3, and Alex Colomé’s late breaking sliders for the remaining four outs were enough to shut out Boston at the Trop. Rick Porcello actually had an excellent day himself, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits and no walks over 8 innings while striking out 7, but that one run was all the Rays would need. It came in the 2nd inning, when Steven Souza, Jr. singled to lead off, reached 2nd on a subsequent single, and third on a fielder’s choice. He scored on a sac fly by Jesus Sucre. Evan Longoria doubled in the game, and Mallex Smith tripled, but neither scored. Outstanding fielding plays by Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Dustin Pedroia helped keep the Rays in check. Mitch Moreland also doubled in the game, off Colomė. Tampa Bay beat Boston, 1-0, at Tropicana Field. Record: 50-38. Game 88/74.
#RedSox Game Summary (July 2) The big sweep (apologies to Raymond Chandler). The Red Sox completed a rare sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto with a blowout. They went 21-for-46 as they polished off Toronto in humiliating fashion. Mookie Betts was 4-for-6, and set a new club record with 8 RBI as a leadoff man. He also hit 2 home runs; a 3 run job in the 4th off Toronto starter Joe Biagini, and a 2 run dinger in the 6th. Hanley Ramirez hit a 2 run big fly as part of an 8 run 7th inning. It was another fine game for rookie shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin, playing in place of Xander Bogaerts, who was scratched from the lineup due to right groin tightness. He went 3-for-5 including a triple, and scored twice. Deven Marrero, Andrew Benintendi, and Dustin Pedroia all doubled. Drew Pomeranz seemed to have his good stuff once again, and though he flirted with disaster a few times, managed to give up just one run in the 2nd when Justin Smoak, who had singled, advanced to 2nd on a walk, and reached 3rd on an outfield line out, scored on a sac fly by Steve Pearce. Pomeranz pitched 6 innings, giving up just the one run on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 punch-outs. Fernando Abad was quite effective in the final 3 innings. Boston beat Toronto, 15-1, at the Rogers Centre. Record: 47-35. Game 82/80.#
#RedSox Game Summary (April 18) Harder than it had to be. The Red Sox had this game pretty well managed until the 9th, when Matt Barnes came on with a 4 run lead and could not seem to put the ball where he wanted it. The Blue Jays hitters were putting the ball where they wanted, however; specifically, in the outfield and in the seats. As usual, the Sox spotted Toronto an early lead when Brian Johnson (subbing for new dad Eduardo Rodriguez), pitching in only his second major league start ever, gave up 4 hits, including doubles to Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak, to grant the Jays a 2 run advantage. The Sox came back in the 3rd with 3 singles to take a 3-2 lead, but that was only temporary as Justin Smoak smoked one in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3. The Sox had a big inning in the 5th when Hanley Ramirez got a RBI double, then Mitch Moreland drove Hanley in with another double, and scored on a RBI single by Pablo Sandoval. Toronto came back to narrow the lead to 6-4 with a Russell Martin solo blast to left center. Boston added a run on a 7th inning Mookie Betts dinger, and a RBI double by Andrew Benintendi that scored Sandoval. It looked like Johnson’s first win was a sure thing, but Barnes seemed unsteady in the 9th, when, after 2 routine ground outs, he gave up a walk, then a RBI single to Steve Pearce, and a 2 run four-bagger to Ezequiel Carrera. His pitches were flying up and out of the strike zone, or down on the ground. They seemed to hit everything hittable until Devon Travis finally lined out to end this one. Boston beat Toronto, 8-7, at the Rogers Centre. Record: 9-5. Game: 14/148.