September 2, 2014

G138: Red Sox at Yankees, 7 PM

Red Sox - 
Yankees - 
Joe Kelly / Shane Greene

I will be signing copies of Don't Let Us Win Tonight at Professor Thom's, a Red Sox bar in Manhattan, this evening at 7 PM, during the Red Sox/Yankees game. If you are in the area, come over to 219 Second Avenue (between 13th/14th Streets) and say Hello. And take home a signed hard cover for only $20 (while supplies last).
Example

September 1, 2014

G137: Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)

Red Sox - 001 100 010 0 - 3  6  0
Rays    - 003 000 000 1 - 4  9  0
Example
Rubby De La Rosa / Drew Smyly

August 31, 2014

Japanese High School Game Lasts 50 Innings

CHU: 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 03 - 3 22  1
SOT: 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 00 - 0 26  5
Samer Kalaf, Deadspin:
A baseball game in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan that started Thursday took 50 innings and four days to determine a winner, which is amazing in its own way, but wait until you see the two starters' pitch counts.

Chukyo finally defeated Sotoku 3-0 in the 50th Sunday morning, but look at those pitching lines. Both starting pitchers played the entire game. Taiga Matsui hurled 709 pitches for Chukyo, and Sotoku's Jukiya Ishioka threw 689 pitches. Even over the course of four days, holy shit. ...

If the game had surpassed 54 innings, the winner would have been decided by a lottery, which would have sucked for the team that played 54 innings of baseball and didn't get picked.
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G136: Red Sox 3, Rays 0

Red Sox - 001 010 010 - 3  9  0
Rays    - 000 000 000 - 0  3  1
Clay Buchholz pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout. He struck out six and did not issue a walk. He threw only 98 pitches.

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts each singled, doubled, and scored a run. Betts also drove in a run, as did David Ortiz and Christian Vazquez.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Alex Cobb
Holt, 2B
Betts, CF
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Vazquez, C
Playing for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox today, Rusney Castillo singled in his first at-bat and was thrown out trying to steal second base.

The Red Sox made a trade, sending Kelly Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar to the Orioles for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus.

August 30, 2014

G135: Rays 7, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  1  1
Rays    - 030 130 00x - 7  7  1
The Red Sox were held to one hit for the second time in 10 days, and for the third time this season.

Boston had only one hit on July 24 and August 21. ... Will Middlebrooks singled to lead off the fourth inning. ... Allen Webster lasted only four innings (4-5-6-3-3, 81).

Example
Allen Webster / Jake Odorizzi
Holt, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Nava, RF
Craig, 1B
Betts, CF
Bogaerts, SS
Ross, C

August 29, 2014

G134: Red Sox 8, Rays 4

Red Sox - 350 000 000 - 8 11  0
Rays    - 010 020 001 - 4  9  3
The Red Sox sent nine men to the plate in both the first and second innings against Chris "Guardian Of The Game" Archer (4-9-8-2-3, 98). Mookie Betts's grand slam was the big blow in the second.

The last game in which the Red Sox batted around in each of the first two innings? August 14, 1962. ... Betts is the youngest Red Sox player to hit a grand slam since Tony Conigliaro (August 24, 1965, G1).

Daniel Nava had three hits, and Yoenis Cespedes, Brock Holt, and Betts each had two. Cespedes also scored twice and drove in two runs. ... Anthony Ranaudo (6-5-3-3-4, 99) has pitched six innings in each of his three major league starts. Boston has won all three of those games.
Example
Anthony Ranaudo / Chris Archer
Holt, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Betts, CF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Vazquez, C
The Red Sox need to win 12 of their remaining 29 games to finish at 70-92, which would be one game better than their performance in 2012.

August 27, 2014

G133: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 2

Red Sox   - 000 002 000 - 2  5  1
Blue Jays - 100 000 40x - 5  6  1
Example
Joe Kelly / Marcus Stroman
Holt, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, LF
Craig, RF
Betts, CF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Ross, C
Edwin Escobar was called up, while Heath Hembree was optioned to Pawtucket. ... Xander Bogaerts will be activated on Saturday in Tampa Bay. ... 20 Questions with Brock Holt.