#RedSox Game Summary (June 13) Worth the wait. This was a long, long game, going 12 innings. It was also extremely well played, with some fantastic plays in the field, including a near miraculous Mookie Betts catch as he crashed into the stands, and a double play started by a flip from Dustin Pedroia as he slipped on the rain-soaked infield dirt. David Price got the start, and had a decent game… not quite his dominating self, but looking pretty good. Price went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He whiffed 6. Those runs came on a 2 run homer by Aaron Altherr in the 3rd, and in the 6th, which saw a ground-rule double by Tommy Joseph, who scored later on a fielder’s choice. The Sox got single runs in the first, second, and third innings. In the first, they loaded the bases on a single, a double by Xander Bogaerts off Philadelphia starter Ben Lively, and a HBP. Then, with the bases loaded and 1 out, Andrew Benintendi walked to force in a run. Unfortunately, that was all they would get that inning. In the 2nd, Jackie Bradley, Jr. doubled and scored on a Christian Vazquez double. And in the 3rd, Mitch Moreland hit a solo monster smash to center. After the Phillies tied the game, 3-3, in the 6th, a tense battle ensued with hits and great plays, and no runs until the 12th. It was then that Xander Bogaerts walked and Moreland singled, setting up 2 on and 1 out for Benintendi, who hit a base that bounced over the wall in right to score the X-Man and end the game. Maikel Franco also doubled for Philadelphia, and Benintendi doubled for Boston. Boston beat Philadelphia, 4-3 in 12 innings in interleague play, at Fenway Park. Record: 36-28. Game 64/98.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 12) Laser show walk-off. Rick Porcello had a fairly disastrous start, but the Sox managed to get back to even by the 9th, forcing extra innings, and then… Pedey! So, what happened in the first? Well, after a single by Philly Odubel Herrera off Boston starter Rick Porcello, our old friend Daniel Nava doubled and though Mitch Moreland threw Herrara out at home on a fielder’s choice that allowed Howie Kendrick to reach, both Kendrick and Nava scored on a Tommy Joseph single, who scored on an Andres Blanco double. Blanco scored on a subsequent single. The Phillies got another in he 5th when Aaron Altherr singled and scored on a Kendrick single. The Sox comeback was gradual. In the 2nd, Andrew Benintendi homered off Philly starter Jerad Eickhoff. In the 3rd, Mookie Betts hit a ground rule double and scored on a fielder’s choice. Then Mitch Moreland singled and scored on a Benintendi single. In the 4th, Jackie Bradley, Jr. reached on an error, and scored on a Mookie Betts double. This tied the game a 4-4, which became 5-4, Philadelphia, in the 5th. Hanley Ramirez tied the game in the 8th with a solo blast. The game remained tied until the 11th, when Pablo Sandoval singled, and Deven Marrero became his pinch runner. Marrero scored on a single by the Laser Show, to end the game. Boston beat Philadelphia, 6-5 in 11 innings, in interleague action at Fenway Park. Record: 35-28. Game 63/99.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 11) Missing mojo. After two successive losses, the Tigers threw down the gauntlet, jumping all over Drew Pomeranz for 3 runs in the first inning. A 2 run homer by Nicholas Castellanos and a series of singles for another run put Drew on a bad footing. The Sox got one back in the bottom of the inning with a double by Dustin Pedroia off Detroit starter Daniel Norris. Dustin scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez. Boston cut the lead to 3-2 when Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled and scored Pedey’s second double of the game. Then in the 5th, it was good night, nurse, as Justin Upton hit a grand slam and James McCann doubled, scoring on an Ian Kinsler single. The Sox managed one more run in the 6th when JBJ doubled and scored on a single by Christian Vazquez. Mookie Betts also doubled in the game. It’s not that they aren’t hitting. It just seems they can’t put it all together. You know, they need that special mojo. Detroit beat Boston, 8-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 34-28. Game 62/100.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 10) Guaranteed satisfaction Sale. Boston’s sluggers had Chris Sale’s back today, as Chris was good, but not great, giving up 3 runs over 7 innings on 9 hits, while whiffing 7 and walking no one. The Detroit runs came on 2 singles and a Nicholas Castellanos double in the 5th for one, and another scoring on a fielder’s choice. In the 6th, Justin Uptown doubled and scored on a Mike Mahtook single. Our old friend Julio Igelsias also doubled off Sale. The Red Sox started the scoring when a series of singles and a walk by Tiger starter Justin Verlander set up a bases loaded situation for Dustin Pedroia, whose sac fly scored one run, and Mitch Moreland’s single drove in another. In the 5th, after Mookie Betts walked and Xander Bogaerts doubled, Verlander intentionally walked Mitch Moreland to bring Andrew Benintendi to the plate with the bases loaded. He did his job, launching a fly to center allowing Pedey to tag up and score, giving Boston the lead, 3-2. The Sox did their job of wearing Verlander down, and he finally sat after the 5th with a pitch count of 108. Now into the Tiger bullpen, the Sox hitters could really go to work. In the 7th, with the score tied, 3-3, Pedey and the X-Man singled, and Moreland drove them both in with a double. Moreland reached third on a wild pitch by Detroit reliever Warwick Saupold, and scored on a Josh Rutledge single. 6-3. In the 8th, Armenia Leon came on for Detroit, and walked Mookie before giving up a single to Pedey and a double to the X-Man for another run. 7-3. Leon then intentionally walked Moreland, and Benintendi’s subsequent single scored 2 more. 9-3. JBJ then singled to load the bases, and Leon walked Rutledge to force in another run. 10-3. Finally, Sandy Leon hit a sac fly. 11-3. Blaine Boyer came on for Boston in this non-save situation and closed things out. Boston beat Detroit, 11-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 34-27. Game 61/101.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 9) Heaving hitting heroes. Boston’s heavy hitters, Mookie Betts (2-for-3), Mitch Moreland (3-for-4), Xander Bogaerts (2-for-4), and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (2-for-4) came up big tonight to overcome a 1 run deficit and top the Detroit Tigers. Red Sox rookie Brian Johnson started this game, and was greeted with a rough first inning, as Nicholas Costellanos hit a solo bomb. Then, Johnson surrendered 3 successive singles to yield another score. The Tigers notched another in the 4th as Mikie Mahtook hit another solo blast. After Johnson gave up a 1 out single to our old friend Victor Martinez in the 5th, Heath Hembree came on in relief, having thrown 105 pitches in just 4 1/3rd innings. The bullpen took it from there, as Red Sox batters tried to find a solution for Detroit pitching. In the bottom of the 4th, Mitch Moreland found the simplest solution: a solo dinger off Tiger starter Jordan Zimmermann. Later in the inning, Andrew Benintendi singled, and scored on a hit by JBJ. The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the 8th, when Bogaerts singled and scored on a Moreland hit. Then, JBJ hit a 2 run bomb to right. Craig Kimbrel came on in the 9th and, well, that was that. Moreland and Betts also doubled for the Red Sox. Boston beat Detroit, 5-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 33-27. Game 60/102.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 8) Price ain’t right. And it’s not just Price; the whole pitching staff seems to be in the doldrums, and that seems to have affected the hitters as well. The Red Sox just barely managed to eke out one run to avoid the shutout when, in the 4th inning, Xander Bogaerts struck out but reached 1st on a throwing error by Yankee catcher Chase Headley. He reached second on a bunt single by Mitch Moreland, and got to 3rd on a double play, scoring on a wild pitch by Yankee starter Michael Pineda. That was it for the mighty Red Sox offense, who managed just 4 hits and 4 walks over the whole game. Meanwhile, for the second time in a row, a premier Red Sox starter got beaten about. David Price gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, including two home runs by Gary Sanchez, over just 5 innings in which he threw 107 pitches. He walked 4 and struck out 4. In fact, each of the Red Sox pitchers in this game gave up at least one run. Fernando Abad gave up 2 singles and a walk for a run in the 6th. Brandon Workman surrendered a solo blast to Brett Gardner in the 8th, then after loading the bases on 2 singles and a HBP, gave up another run on a fielder’s choice. The Sox seem to lack energy and confidence. Let’s hope that all changes soon, as Boston, which had a chance to tie and even go ahead of New York, has instead slipped to 3 games back. New York beat Boston, 9-1, at Yankee Stadium. Record: 32-27. Game 59/103.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 7) Bombed out. The Bronx Bombers lived up to their historic nickname today, hammering Red Sox pitching early and often en route to this laugher at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees started hitting Red Sox starter Rick Porcello at will in the 3rd inning, with a solo homer by Didi Gregorius followed by a pair of singles. In the 4th, Starlin Castro tripled and scored on a Gary Sanchez single. After Chase Headley singled, Chris Carter crushed an upper deck no-doubter to left center for 3 more runs. New York got another run in the 7th on an error and a single off reliever Blayne Boyer, who also gave up a succession of singles in the 8th for 2 more runs. At the same time, Yankee starter CC Sabathia kept the Sox batter mystified, going 8 shutout innings and giving up 5 hits while whiffing 5. Josh Rutledge had the only Boston extra base hits; a double in the 2nd, and a triple in the 5th with nobody out, yet he did not score. New York beat Boston, 8-0, at Yankee Stadium. Record: 32-26. Game 58/104.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 6) By the skin of their teeth. At one time, the Sox had a 5-1 lead over the Yankees. Then they let it dribble away until by the bottom of the 9th, the score was 5-4, and Craig Kimbrel was in the midst of a 4 out save. The Sox started the scoring in the 1st, when Mookie Betts singled off Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka and scored on a fielder’s choice. The big inning was the 4th, when Mitch Moreland hit a 2 run blast to right, and Hanley Ramirez followed with another big fly. In the 5th, Andrew Benintendi added a third Red Sox homer to the list, for Boston’s 5th run. Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz was his usual self, going deep into counts, giving up hits, but keeping the scoring down. He gave up single runs in the 2nd and 5th innings. The run in the 2nd came on a wild throw by Mookie Betts after he misplayed a fly ball in right. In the 5th, Chris Carter knocked a solo dinger to left. In the 6th, Robby Scott, who relieved Pomeranz, gave up 2 singles. A double play allowed one run to score. Still, going into the 8th, the score was 5-3. Not bad. Matt Barnes came on, and immediately gave up a double to Matt Holliday, but then got 2 outs. At that point, John Farrell decided to bring in Kimbrel. Didi Gregorius struck out on a knuckle curve that bounced in front of Christian Vazquez and sailed backward. As Vaz retrieved the ball, Holliday scored and Gregorius reached on what was ruled a wild pitch. Yikes. 5-4. After a rare walk, Kimbrel whiffed Chris Carter to end the inning. The Sox failed to score, but it did not matter, as Kimbrel struck out the side in the 9th for the save. Boston beat New York, 5-4, at Yankee Stadium. Record: 32-25. Game 57/105.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 4) A star is born again. After generating a great deal of buzz, Andrew Benintendi went through a cold spell. Well, that spell is now officially over, as Benintendi went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs, a RBI single, and a walk to help power the Sox over the Orioles today. Boston starter Chris Sale continued with his early innings struggles, and seemed to throw lots of breaking balls, go deep into counts, and so threw 110 pitches over 6 innings. Not sure what’s going on there. His roughest inning was the first, when, after handed a 2 run lead, he proceeded to give both runs back plus one. He gave up a leadoff double to Joey Rickard, who scored on a Chris Davis single along with Manny Machado. Then Jonathan Schoop doubled to drive in the third Baltimore run. Fortunately, that was all the scoring for the O’s. The 2 runs that gave Chris his initial cushion came when Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled off Orioles starter Chris Tillman with the bases loaded to drive in 2 runs. In the 3rd inning, Benintendi added a third run to tie the score with a solo bomb to right center. In the 6th, the O’s decided to hand over the game to Boston. With the bases loaded and 2 out, a Tillman slider bounced in the dirt, inducing Mitch Moreland, who was on third, to think about scoring since it looked like a wild pitch. Well, catcher Francisco Peña was able to handle the ball, and attempted to pick Moreland off, but his throw sailed way down the third base foul line, enabling both Moreland and JBJ, who was on 2nd, to score. Benintendi got his second dinger in the 7th; another solo job. The Sox got an extra insurance run in the 9th when Mookie Betts walked, stole 2nd, and scored on a Benintendi single to right. Good thing, too, because it meant that the heavily used Craig Kimbrel could sit out the ending as Matt Barnes came on to finish things off. Schoop had a second double off Sale, and Manny Machado doubled twice in the game as well for Baltimore, but without scoring. Pablo Sandoval also doubled for Boston. So, the Sox have some momentum going into their important early season series against the Yankees at the Stadium. Boston beat Baltimore, 7-3, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Record: 31-25. Game 56/106.
#RedSox Game Summary (June 3) Back to form. David Price looked like himself again, going 7 strong innings against Baltimore, giving up just one run on a Manny Machado solo blast in the 7th, and just 2 other hits and 1 walk while fanning 7. The Sox opened the scoring in the 4th with a 2 run dinger by Hanley Ramirez off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, who lasted just 5 innings. Boston picked up 2 more in the 8th when Mookie Betts doubled, reached 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Benintendi and scored on a fielder’s choice. Hanley Ramirez drove in the inning’s second run with a bullet to deep left field; Xander Bogaerts scored all the way from first. In the 9th, Deven Marrero doubled, and Mookie drove him in with a single. Joe Kelly came on in the 8th, but after allowing two consecutive singles with two out, John Farrell turned to Craig Kimbrel for the 4 out save. It was a bigger job than usual, however, as he gave up a single to Mark Trumbo, who scored on a Trey Mancini double. Then, Kimbrel issued a rare walk before finally striking out Seth Smith to end the game. Bogaerts also doubled in the game. Boston beat Baltimore, 5-2, at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Record: 30-25. Game 55/107.