An anticipated pitchers’ duel between Boston’s Rick Porcello and Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell turned into a dud early. Snell was terrific, but Porcello struggled early, and was further hurt by a couple of errors and by fielding misplays. In the 1st inning, the Rays’ Denard Span doubled, and after a walk and a weak single, the bases were loaded for Wilson Ramos. Porcello fielded his slow comebacker, but when he tossed the ball home, Sandy Leon could not handle the throw, and Span scored, leaving the bases reloaded. Brad Miller’s sac fly drove in another run. In the 2nd, after a single and walk, Porcello hit Matt Duffy to load the bases with 2 out. Wilson Ramos singled to right to drive in one run, and when Eduardo Núñez could not handle the throw from Mookie Betts, two more runs scored. Betts was charged with an error (though it looked like Núñez muffed the play to me). In the 4th, after Span singled, stole 2nd, and scored on a Matt Duffy single, Ramos’s single spelled the end of the night for Porcello. Meanwhile, Snell pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks, with 8 whiffs. The Sox finally scored in the 7th off reliever Matt Andriese when Núñez doubled and scored on a throwing error by Brad Miller on a Rafael Devers ground out. In the 9th came the Red Sox highlight of the game as Mitch Moreland crushed a solo no-doubter to right center. Núñez then singled, reached 2nd on defensive indifference, and scored on a Devers double. But that was it. Tampa Bay beat Boston, 6-3, at Tropicana Field. Record: 34-16. Game 50/112.
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The Red Sox achieved victory this time in part because of blunders by the Tampa Bay Rays at the most critical time. The Sox had been held scoreless by Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer until the 6th inning, when Christian Vazquez singled, advanced to 3rd on two successive walks, and scored on a double play. The Rays bounced right back in the bottom of the inning when, after Boston starter David Price, walked Denard Span, CJ Cron smacked an RBI double to center. Price had a good game overall, giving up just that one run over 6 innings on 3 hits and 3 walks, while punching out 9. Matt Barnes and Joe Kelly neutralized the Rays in the 7th and 8th, taking us to the 9th. In that inning, JD Martinez hit what should have been a ground out, but a wild throw by Willy Adames enabled JD to reach 2nd. He scored on a subsequent double by Xander Bogaerts. After Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome walked Rafael Devers, his wild pitch allowed Xander and Rafael to advance to 2nd and 3rd. Xander scored on a sac fly by Eduardo Núñez, while Devers reached 3rd. Then, a passed ball by Jesus Sucre allowed Rafael to score as well. Craig Kimbrel came on the in the bottom of the 9th to shut the door. Jackie Bradley, Jr. also doubled in the game, but did not score. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 4-1, at Tropicana Field. Record: 34-15. Game 49/113.
Mookie Betts claimed the lead in the home run race (for now) with his 3 run 3rd inning blast off Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Faria for his 16th of this young season. That, and Rafael Devers’ solo bomb in the 4th powered the Red Sox to victory. Chris Sale had an excellent start, going 7 2/3rds innings (before his 112 pitches did him in) while giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, with 9 whiffs. Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel took things there. Tampa Bay’s runs came in the 4th, when Willy Adames smacked a solo dinger to left (his first career major league homer), and in the 5th, when Rob Refsnyder doubled, reached 3rd on a passed ball by Sandy Leon, and scored on a sac fly. Brad Miller doubled for the Rays, but did not score. Kimbrel seemed to have some control issues, giving up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases before finishing off the Rays. A whopping 10,642 were on hand to watch the contest, as Tampa Bay continues its decade long position as dead last in major league attendance. Why is there major league baseball in Florida? Both Tampa Bay and Miami have had routinely terrible attendance. Floridians clearly don’t give a crap about baseball. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 4-2, at Tropicana Field. Record: 33-15. Game 48/114.
The Red Sox pieced singles and walks together to come back from a 3-0 deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Rays without one extra base hit. Boston starter Rick Porcello is an example of that increasingly rare breed of pitcher that still pitches to contact rather than trying to blow everyone away. His low ball style is designed to induce ground balls, which means that he will usually give up a few runs in the course of the game. This should be no issue with a high scoring offense like that of the Red Sox, but since they have been sputtering lately, it did produce some high drama in this one. The Rays accumulated an early lead over Rick, powered by a 2 run dinger off the bat of Denard Span in the 3rd, and a double by Brad Miller that resulted in a run when Mallex Smith singled him home. The Rays strategy of short stint pitchers seemed to be working as the combination of starter Matt Andriese, Jonny Venters, and Andrew Kittredge managed to keep the Sox off the scoreboard for the first 5 innings. In the 6th, however, singles by Eduardo Núñez and Hanley Ramirez, combined with a walk to Andrew Benintendi loaded the bases for JD Martinez, who delivered a 2 RBI single. Another walk loaded the bases for Jackie Bradley, Jr., who hit a sac fly to tie the game at 3. In the 8th, JD singled again, reached 2nd on a subsequent walk, and scored when Sandy Leon hit a sharp single to left. Porcello had left in the top of the 8th with the score still tied, and got a no-decision. Craig Kimbrel pitched the last 4 outs for the win, allowing 3 hits, including a double to Joey Wendel. Let’s hope the boys can build some momentum from this. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 4-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 20-7. Game 27/135.
#RedSox Game Summary (April 28) “Ted Williams Would Roll Over in His Freezer If He Could See This” – Fever Pitch
OK; maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but it was close. Clumsy plays in the field, a lack of timely hitting, and a Tampa Bay Rays team on a red-hot streak combined to produce this debacle. The Sox had the bases loaded with no one out twice, and managed just one run each time. Boston went 12-for-38 including a home run and 2 doubles with 2 walks, which is pretty good, but the team was unable to string those baserunners together for runs, and stranded 10, while plating just 5 of 17 runners in scoring position (RISP). When they did score, they managed just one run in an inning. Andrew Benintendi had the best day, going 3-for-5 with a double while scoring 2 runs. Rafael Devers also went 3-for-5, including a solo home run. The Sox knocked out Rays starter Sonny Chirinos after 2+ innings in which he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and whiffing 3. Ryan Yarbrough took over from there, and managed to limit the Sox to 2 runs over 4 innings of work for the win. David Price started for Boston and really struggled, going 5 2/3rds innings. He was charged for 6 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks, while whiffing 5. One of those hits was a 2nd inning inside-the-park home run by Denard Span on a ball that Jackie Bradley, Jr. had misjudged. The play was originally scored an error, then revised to be a hit. Wilson Ramos, who had doubled also scored on the play. Ramos also hit a 2 run shot in the 3rd, driving in CJ Cron, who had reached on a 2 bagger. Boston picked away, with single runs in the 1st-5th innings to tie the Rays, who had scored another run in the 5th when, after a pair of singles, Price walked the bases loaded, then walked in a run. It was that kind of game. It was then Tampa Bay’s turn to score single runs in the 6th-8th innings on a smattering of singles in the 6th, a solo blast by Carlos Gomez in the 7th off Matt Barnes, and a Jesus Sucre RBI double in the 8th. In the 9th, Tampa Bay left no doubt regarding the outcome of this game when they loaded the bases for Johnny Field, who delivered a grand slam. Matt Duffy also doubled in the game for the Rays, but did not score. The Sox managed to get one back when Benintendi doubled and scored on a single by Devers. Each team was charged an error in this game, but there was plenty of overrunning and misjudging the ball on the part of Red Sox fielders. Time to wake up, guys. Boston has now lost 5 of the last 7 games. Tampa Bay beat Boston, 12-6, at Fenway Park. Record: 19-7. Game 26/136.
The Red Sox fell behind the Tampa Bay Rays early, after giving up 2 runs in the 1st on a 2 run homer by Wilson Ramos, a solo bomb by Rob Refsnyder, and another in the 4th by Daniel Robertson. All these came off Boston starter Rick Porcello, who was clearly off his game today. Meanwhile, Rays starter Blake Snell blanked the Sox through 5 innings, but finally faltered in the 6th, when Christian Vazquez, Mookie Betts, and JD Martinez doubled to produce 2 runs. The Sox scored a third run in the 8th when Betts hit is second double off Rays reliever Chaz Roe and scored on a long single by JD Martinez. Xander Bogaerts marked his return to the lineup with a double in the 7th, but did not score. In the end, the Sox struggled mightily, but could not completely overcome the Tampa Bay lead. Tampa Bay beat Boston, 4-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 19-6. Game 25/137.
Eduardo Rodriguez suffered a rough return to major league action, giving up 3 runs to the Tampa Bay Rays over 3 2/3rds innings, including a solo bomb to CJ Cron in the 2nd, and four other hits, two of them doubles off the bat of Carlos Gómez. He was done in the 4th, but the charged up Rays continued to hammer Red Sox pitching, for a total of 7 runs on 11 hits, which also included triples by Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Wendle. Mookie Betts actually started the scoring in the 1st, when he doubled off Tampa Bay starter Andrew Kittredge, and scored on a fielder’s choice. Boston’s second run came in the 5th when Hanley Ramirez singled with the bases loaded. And so we reached the 8th, with the Olde Towne Team trailing 7-2, and that was when the magic happened. Hanley Ramirez led off the inning with a single and reached 2nd on a wild pitch, and then scored on a 2 out double by Mitch Moreland. After Eduardo Nunez singled, Rafael Devers drove both Moreland and Nunez in with a double. A long single by Christian Vazquez drove in Devers, a wild pitch moved Vazquez into scoring position, and a Betts single enabled Vazquez to reach the plate, tying the score at 7. Andrew Benintendi’s double plated Betts with the winning run. Craig Kimbrel then finished off the Rays. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 8-7, at Fenway Park. Record: 8-1. Game 9/153.
The power elements of the Boston lineup flexed their muscles as the Red Sox crushed the Tampa Bay Rays on a cold but clear and bright Saturday at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay started the scoring early, plating 2 in the first inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello on singles by Denard Span and Carlos Gómez, both driven in by a Brad Miller double. Porcello settled down after that, pitching into the 8th while allowing just 3 more hits, including a double by Joey Wendle, who scored a third Rays run in the 8th. The Sox struck back immediately in the bottom of the first, with 5 hits, including a towering double by Mookie Betts to left, a walk, and a sac fly off Rays starter Jake Faria for 4 runs. In the 2nd, an apparently rattled Faria walked the bases loaded, then gave up a grand slam to Xander Bogaerts. After walking Rafael Devers, Faria took an early exit, but reliever Austin Pruitt surrendered a double to Eduardo Núñez right after that. The Sox picked up a couple more runs in the 7th on solo blasts by Devers and JD Martinez off Chaz Roe. Rookie Marcus Walden closed out for the Sox. Finally. Some honest-to-goodness fireworks. And none too soon, because the Sox face the Yankees on Tuesday. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 10-3, at Fenway Park. Record: 7-1. Game 8/154.
The Boston Red Sox came back from a 2-0 8th inning deficit to tie in 9, and beat Tampa Bay in 12. David Price had another excellent start, with 7 scoreless innings on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 whiffs. Carson Smith came on in the 8th and surrendered a 2 run dinger to Matt Duffy to put the Sox in a hole late. Rays pitching fared well against Boston as well, with starter Yonny Chirinos keeping the Sox off the board through 5, giving up just 3 hits and no walks while punching out 4. Chaz Roe, Sergio Romo, and José Alvarado combined for 3 more blank frames. In the 9th, however, Mookie Betts singled off reliever Alex Colome, and after Colome walked Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez drove Mookie in to make the score 2-1. A double by Xander Bogaerts plated Benintendi to tie the score at 2. On we went until the 12th, when Jackie Bradley, Jr. doubled, and reached 3rd on a sac bunt by Christian Vazquez. Andrew Kittredge intentionally walked Mookie, and left the game for Ryan Yarbrough. Betts stole 2nd, and Benny Baseball walked, setting up a bases loaded situation for Hanley the Hero. He lived up to his billing, rifling a line drive to the right field warning track to drive in JBJ with the winning run. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 3-2 in 12 innings, at Fenway Park. Record: 6-1. Game 7/155.
The Red Sox put no crooked numbers on the board in this game, which turned out to be yet another pitching duel. Hector Velázquez had a solid start for Boston, going 5 2/3rds innings for the win, giving up one run on a solo homer by Brad Miller in the 2nd. He was pulled by manager Alex Cora in the 6th after giving up a 2 out single to Matt Duffy (too quick?). The Sox got things started in the 5th when Mookie Betts singled off Rays starter Jake Faria, who then walked Rafael Devers, and surrendered a RBI single to JD Martinez to tie the game. In the 6th, after Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled and Brock Holt waked, Rays reliever Yonny Chirinos hit Betts to load the bases for Rafael Devers, who came through with a single to right to drive in the winning run. Boston’s Joe Kelly closed out for his first career save. Folks, we are seeing entirely too many low scoring games, and while that may work against teams like the Rays, we’re going to need to see some real firepower by the time the Sox play the Yankees. Let’s hope it comes soon. Boston beat Tampa Bay, 2-1, at Tropicana Field. Record: 3-1. Game 4/158.