September 11, 2013

G147: Red Sox 7, Rays 3 (10)

Red Sox - 003 000 000 4 - 7  9  0
Rays    - 001 000 110 0 - 3  6  0
Pinch-hitter Mike Carp saw one pitch with the bases loaded in the tenth. He pounded it over the center field fence for a grand slam. It was the first pinch-hit, extra-inning grand slam in Red Sox history. The win gave Boston a 9.5-game lead in the East.

David Ortiz: To come in and do what he did, you only see that in the movies.

Rays reliever Joel Peralta began the tenth inning by walking Dustin Pedroia. Shane Victorino bunted FY to second. Peralta then intentionally walked David Ortiz. Roberto Hernandez came in from the bullpen and he walked Mike Napoli on four pitches. Carp batted for Jonny Gomes and donged Hernandez's first offering to dead center field. (The last Sock to hit a pinch-hit slam? Kevin Millar, June 7, 2003.)

Junichi Tazawa set down the Rays in order in the bottom half.
Ryan Dempster / Alex Cobb
Pedroia, 2B
Victorino, RF
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, LF
Drew, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Ross, C
Bradley, CF
Dempster has a 6.39 ERA over his last nine starts. Thanks to the Red Sox's big bats - which lead the AL in runs, doubles, walks, and slugging, and are 2nd in batting, on-base, and total bases - the team is 8-1 in those games.

Koji Uehara has retired the last 31 batters he's faced since August 17. That streak ties Hideo Nomo for the Red Sox record, set in 2001. Uehara's scoreless streak of 28.1 innings is the longest by a Red Sox reliever since Dick Radatz went 33 innings in 1963. Uehara has not allowed an earned run over his past 31.2 innings, dating back to June 30.

Derek Lowe made his broadcasting debut with NESN last night. He will be in the booth for the next two games. Click here for a little bit of video from his phenomenal start in 2004 ALCS 7.


Maxwell Horse said...

I thank the sweet Lord that the Sox are at an away game on this particular day. Couldn't stomach another Fenway tribute to "war and TSA cavity searches and country music." It would kind of put a damper on the positive playoff vibes for me.

allan said...

If you have not had lunch yet, may I suggest Subway.

Maxwell Horse said...

When I clicked on the link it took me a moment to realize it was the Onion. I also have to wonder if there was a little subversive nod to "truth" with the mention of the usually never-acknowledged "Tower 7–Grain bread"

Jere said...

A lot of places reported Nomo had the Sox record, but he was actually just the last Sock to get 31. Ellis Kinder had the Sox record at 32 straight, which Koji broke tonight. Unless THAT report is wrong and they find someone with a better streak.