April 20, 2015

G13: Red Sox 7, Orioles 1 (7)

Orioles - 010 000 0 - 1  4  3
Red Sox - 104 002 x - 7  5  0
A horribly inclement Patriots Day afternoon at Fenway - windy, cold, rainy - was made slightly more comfortable by a number of gifts by the Orioles' defense that gave the Red Sox a rain-shortened victory. Although Boston sent 10 men to the plate in the third inning, the Red Sox had only one hit. Wei-Yin Chen walked four batters, and he and Manny Machado committed fielding errors.

Before that, though, the two teams - who began the day tied for first place at 7-5 - traded runs. Mookie Betts singled to right, immediately stole second, and took third on catcher Ryan Lavarnway's throwing error. David Ortiz brought Betts home with a sacrifice fly to right. In the top of the second, Travis Snider tripled on a hard line drive that skipped past Betts and rolled to the garage door in deep center. Two batters later, Ryan Flaherty's double off the Wall tied the game at 1-1.

Xander Bogaerts walked to start the pivotal third. Ryan Hanigan lined a single down the right field line and Bogaerts took third. Betts hit a routine chopper back to the mound. As Chen (4.1-3-5-5-3, 95) gloved it, he looked towards Bogaerts at third, and dropped the ball. Chen then picked it up and dropped it again, finally throwing very late to first base. Bogaerts scored and Boston had runners at first and second. Dustin Pedroia was out on a sacrifice bunt to first baseman Chris Davis, but FY may have been trying for a hit. Ortiz fouled out to third for the second out. Allen Craig, who took over for Hanley Ramirez in the top half of the inning (Ramirez left because of "illness"), walked, loading the bases. Chen then walked Mike Napoli, forcing in a run. Shane Victorino followed with a hot grounder that Machado tried to backhand. The ball caromed off his glove and rolled towards the left field corner. Two runs scored. Chen walked Brock Holt before Bogaerts popped out to third.

Boston added two runs in the sixth against Jason Garcia. With one out Hanigan was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. He scored from first as third base coach Brian Butterfield read the play perfectly, and Hanigan slid in safely ahead of the tag. Garcia fell behind Ortiz 2-0 and put him on intentionally. Craig gummed up that strategy by lining a single to left, scoring FY.

Justin Masterson was very good (5-3-1-3-6, 93), with a biting slider, although his only perfect inning was the fourth. Junichi Tazawa pitched the sixth and two batters in the seventh, before Robbie Ross came in to get an inning-ending double play.

As the Red Sox prepared to bat in the seventh inning, and after three innings of steady rain, the umpires called the tarp out. (The rain was falling quite hard through the sixth and seventh; perhaps Red Sox management wanted the game to continue so they could present GBA. Once that was done ... tarp time!)

According to NESN, it was 44 degrees when the first pitch was thrown, with an 18 mph wind blowing in from right.
Example
Wei-Yin Chen / Justin Masterson
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Holt, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C
Kyle Brasseur, ESPN:
Through their first 12 games of the season, Red Sox starters have the worst ERA in the league with a combined mark of 6.24. Only Joe Kelly -- the team's No. 5 starter -- has an ERA under six.
Ryan Hannable, WEEI:
Of the 12 games the Red Sox have played so far this season, Red Sox starters have recorded an out in the seventh inning just three times, gone less than five innings three times, and have allowed more than seven runs four times.
Gordon Edes, ESPN:
Write off Boston's Five Guys? Hold the bile, pass the patience, please

April 19, 2015

G12: Orioles 8, Red Sox 3

Orioles - 210 023 000 - 8 15  1
Red Sox - 300 000 000 - 3  6  0
Hanley Ramirez (2-for-4) hit a three-run homer. ... Pablo Sandoval doubled and walked. ... Porcello: 5-12-8-3-6, 102.

For Baltimore, Adam Jones went 4-for-5, with a double, home run, and five RBI.
Example
Miguel Gonzalez / Rick Porcello
Holt, 2B
Betts, CF
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Napoli, 1B
Sandoval, 3B
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Leon, C

April 18, 2015

G11: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

Orioles - 000 200 002 - 4 13  1
Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1  7  0
David Ortiz reached base four times, on two singles, a double, and a walk. He also scored Boston's only run.

Brock Holt also had three hits.

Buchholz: 6-11-2-1-7, 102.
Example
Chris Tillman / Clay Buchholz
Holt, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C

April 17, 2015

G10: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

Orioles - 000 110 000 - 2  5  0
Red Sox - 000 020 001 - 3  4  1
Xander Bogaerts's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Mike Napoli with the winning run.

Brian Matusz walked Napoli to start the ninth. Daniel Nava laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Napoli to second. Tommy Hunter came in to pitch. Bogaerts looked at a strike before delivering the game-winning hit, a blooper that fell into shallow right field.

Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run homer (with Bogaerts aboard) in the fifth.

The Red Sox are now 7-3.
Example
Ubaldo Jimenez / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C
           W   L   PCT   GB   RS   RA   DIF
Red Sox    6   3  .667  ---   56   50   + 6
Rays       6   4  .600  0.5   44   44     0
Orioles    5   4  .556  1.0   47   46   + 1
Blue Jays  5   5  .500  1.5   55   43   +12
Yankees    3   6  .333  3.0   45   49   - 4

April 15, 2015

G9: Nationals 10, Red Sox 5

Nationals - 206 000 200 - 10 12  1
Red Sox   - 020 021 000 -  5  7  1
Miley: 2.1-5-7-3-1, 75. ... What more do you need to know?

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. ... Mike Napoli tripled and scored twice. ... Dustin Pedroia had two hits, including a double.
Example
Gio Gonzalez / Wade Miley
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ramirez, LF
Craig, 1B
Napoli, DH
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 3B
Leon, C

NESN: Apostrophe Abuse

Someone - or, more likely, a group of people - at NESN has no clue about how to use "its" and "it's".

April 14, 2015

G8: Red Sox 8, Nationals 7

Nationals - 010 060 000 - 7 10  3
Red Sox   - 022 100 30x - 8 11  1
After blowing a 5-1 lead, the Red Sox rallied to win - with some serious assistance from the Nationals - by scoring three times in the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit.

Koji Uehara made his season debut, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

Washington committed three errors in the seventh, including two errors on one play by pitcher Blake Treinen. The rally began when shortstop Ian Desmond botched Hanley Ramirez's ground ball and was awarded his sixth error of the young season. Pitcher Craig Stammen hit Shave Victorino in the left shoulder. After Mike Napoli flied to right, Nats manager Matt Williams brought in Treinen.

Before facing pinch-hitter Allen Craig, Treinen made a demonstrative show of faith, removing his cap, placing it over his heart and pointing theatrically to the heavens. His God must have had His back turned at that moment, because Treinen's outing was an utter nightmare. He hit Craig with his first pitch, loading the bases. Then Ryan Hanigan tapped his second pitch to the third base side of the mound. Treinen came in and bobbled the easy grounder, then threw it wildly past the plate. He was charged with two errors on the play - and two Boston runs scored, tying the game at 7-7.

On Treinen's third pitch, Brock Holt grounded to shortstop - and Desmond screwed up yet again. He did not throw home, though he likely had a play on Craig. He looked to third base (?) and chose to throw to first. He got the out, but the go-ahead run scored for Boston.

It was the first time since August 25, 2001 that the Red Sox scored as many as three runs in an inning without the benefit of a hit. ... According to Elias, Boston is the first team in the expansion era (since 1961) to score three or more runs in an inning with no hits and no walks.

Edward Mujica, who pitched a perfect seventh, recorded the first out in the eighth. Junichi Tazawa came in and allowed a two-out single to Yunel Escobar, but struck out Jayson Werth to end the inning. In the ninth, Uehara fanned Bryce Harper for the first out. Ryan Zimmerman crushed a long foul ball that sailed to the left of the Fisk Pole - Williams challenged the call, but it was upheld - before lining to Craig in left. Uehara struck out Clint Robinson to end the game.

Boston battered Strasburg (5.1-10-5-0-5, 109) in the early innings. With Napoli and Holt on base in the second, Mookie Betts ripped a double into the left-field corner and Boston led 2-0. Daniel Nava and Hanigan hit back-to-back run-scoring singles in the third and Dustin Pedroia hit his third home run of the season in the fourth.

Masterson (4.2-8-7-3-4, 93) allowed five of the Nationals' first nine batters to reach base. He then settled down a bit, retiring six in a row into the fourth inning, before giving up two two-out singles. The wheels fell completely off in the fifth. With one out, he hit Werth on a 3-0 pitch. Harper singled to left, Zimmerman walked, and Robinson knocked in a run with a single. Wilson Ramos's groundout scored another run and Desmond's hard single to right brought home two more, tying the score at 5-5. After Masterson plunked Danny Espinosa, he was pulled. Alexi Ogando allowed a two-run double to Michael Taylor, giving Washington a 7-5 lead.

Boston went down in order in the fifth and stranded two men in the sixth before Washington gift-wrapped a three-run rally that helped the Red Sox raise their record to 6-2.

Pablo Sandoval fouled a ball of his left foot in the third inning and left the game in the sixth. ... Pedroia singled twice, homered, and walked. ... Holt had two hits; he is now 7-for-11 this year. ... Napoli and Ramirez scored two runs each.

Example
Stephen Strasburg / Justin Masterson
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Hanigan, C
Holt, SS