July 11, 2014

G93: Red Sox 8, Astros 3

Red Sox - 002 105 000 - 8 12  1
Astros  - 000 101 010 - 3  7  1
In his second major league game, Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4, with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI. (Vazquez became one of just three Red Sox players since 1914 to record at least three hits and three RBIs within their first two career games, joining Sam Horn in 1987 and Merl Combs in 1947.)

David Ortiz had a three-run double. Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley, and Daniel Nava each had two hits. Holt and Stephen Drew each tripled and scored two runs.

Lackey: 6-4-2-5-3, 117.
John Lackey / Scott Feldman
Holt, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Carp, 1B
Nava, LF
Bradley, CF
Bogaerts, 3B
Drew, SS
Vazquez, C
Thanks to two walkoff victories against the White Sox - the Christian Vazquez Era has been nothing but fun! - Boston is now tied with Tampa Bay for fourth place in the AL East, 9.5 GB the Orioles. The Red Sox play three games in Houston and then it's time for the All-Star Break. ... The Astros are one of two teams (along with Texas) with a worse record than Boston.

Shane Victorino began a rehab assignment last night with the Lowell Spinners. He played right field for five innings and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Victorino will play with Lowell again tonight, then move up to Pawtucket on Saturday and Sunday. Victorino has played in only 21 games with the Red Sox this year.

Babe Ruth made his major league debut 100 years ago today. He pitched seven innings as the Red Sox beat Cleveland 4-3 at Fenway Park.

Meanwhile, in New York:


allan said...

Colby Lewis of the Rangers allowed 13 hits and 13 runs to the Angels in only 2.1 innings last night.

According to BRef's Play Index, he is the only pitcher in the last 100 years (the database goes back only to 1914) to record 7 or fewer outs and allow 13+ hits.

Two other pitchers have allowed 13+ runs in 2.1 innings or less:
Pat Caraway (July 26, 1931) allowed 13 runs in 2.0 innings. Vin Mazzaro (May 16, 2011) allowed 14 runs in 2.1 innings.

allan said...

In Caraway's game, the Yankees won 22-5. The nine starters had no zeroes in the traditional AB-R-H-RBI box score, but they did play three subs, so the box doesn't look as cool as it should.

allan said...

In his last start, Lackey became the first Red Sox pitcher in history to strikeout at least 11 batters in an outing of less than six innings. He went 5.1 innings.

allan said...

Batting average, our 4-9 guys:

And our cleanup hitter began the game slugging .288.