May 8, 2015

G29: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 0

Red Sox   - 000 000 000 - 0  2  0
Blue Jays - 110 002 03x - 7 12  1
Two hits.

Two groundball singles to left field - one by Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and one from Mookie Betts in the eighth.

You are not going to win many baseball games when you manage only two hits. Looking at Baseball Reference's Play Index, the win-loss record of teams with only two hits in a game:
2013: 3-63, .045
2014: 3-49, .058
2015: 1- 9, .100
That's 7-121 (.058) dating back to the beginning of 2013. (And you can make that 1-10 in 2015.)

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays had little trouble scoring runs. Josh Donaldson homered in the first and Chris Colabello went deep in the second.

Wade Miley (6-8-4-1-8, 104) kept the lid on Toronto's lineup for three innings, but the home team bust through in the sixth. Edwin Encarnacion walked and Russell Martin and Danny Valencia followed with singles. That brought in one run and Kevin Pillar's sac fly to right made it 4-0. Valencia was tagged out when he tried to advance to second on Pillar's fly. First baseman Travis Shaw, making his major league debut, cut off Daniel Nava's throw from the outfield and fired to Xander Bogaerts at second. Valencia was actually safe, but then he did a stutter step and came off the bag and was tagged out.

The Jays salted away the game in the eighth against Robbie Ross. Jose Bautista tripled on a deep fly to left-centre that hit off the top of the wall. Encarnacion singled him home. Martin stroked a ground-rule double to left, and he and Encarnacion both scored on Ezequiel Carrera's opposite field single to left.

Even with the two measly hits, Boston had chances to score off Aaron Sanchez (7-2-0-5-3, 108). After his hit, Pedroia was wiped out on a double play in the first. Nava walked in the second, but was stranded at second. And an infield error and another walk in the third simply meant that the Red Sox could leave two men on base.

Boston loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, as Mike Napoli and Nava both walked and Allen Craig was hit by a pitch. Trailing 2-0 at the time, it was a golden opportunity to at least tie the game. But Blake Swihart struck out looking on a full-count pitch and Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play.

Even down by four in the eighth, when Shaw walked and Betts singled, there was a glimmer of hope. But Aaron Loup came in from the bullpen and snuffed out any and all hope. Pedroia fouled to first and Pablo Sandoval and Napoli both struck out. Minutes later, the Jays were padding their already ample lead.

The Red Sox have scored only 15 runs in their last seven games (2, 2, 5, 1, 2, 3, 0).
Wade Miley / Aaron Sanchez
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, DH
Nava, RF
Craig, LF
Swihart, C
Bogaerts, SS
Shaw, 1B
David Ortiz lost the appeal of his one-game suspension and will sit out tonight's game at Skydome. Ortiz was suspended for bumping an umpire on April 19. ... Travis Shaw has been called up from Pawtucket and will make his MLB debut at first base.

Over its last six games (May 1-6), Boston has scored only 15 runs and is batting .214.
      W   L   GB  DIFF
NYY  18  11  ---  +29
TBR  15  14  3.0    0
TOR  14  15  4.0  + 9
BOS  13  15  4.5  -16
BAL  12  14  4.5  + 6
That lineup is pretty damn weak, so we'll probably score 15.


allan said...


"Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon became the first player in the majors to record 50 hits this season ... Gordon reached the 50-hit mark as a second baseman in his 28th game of the season, the fastest that any major-leaguer has done so since Rogers Hornsby got there in 28 games for the Cardinals in 1924 (the year he hit .424)."

"Alex Rodriguez moved past Willie Mays into sole possession of fourth place on the major-leagues' all-time home-run leaders list when he hit career homer #661 ... This is first time that Mays is not among the top four all-time in home runs since the morning of April 24, 1966. The top four at that point were Babe Ruth (714), Jimmie Foxx (534), Ted Williams (521) and Mel Ott (511). Mays hit his 511th home run at the Astrodome that day, tying Ott's National League record."

"Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick turned an unassisted double play in the fourth inning of Houston's game in Anaheim. Marisnick caught a short fly ball off the bat of Matt Joyce and then ran to first base to double up the baserunner, Albert Pujols, who thought the ball would fall in. It's only the third unassisted DP by a center fielder in a major-league game over the last 23 seasons."

allan said...

Gordon is hitting .437, 69 points ahead of the #2 guy.

allan said...

Tim Britton tweets: "By my (fallible) count, Juan Nieves made 19 trips to the mound this season. The next batter went 10-for-14 with five walks."

Only 19? That seems low.

allan said...

Home plate Sam Holbrook had a small and inconsistent strike zone. In the third inning, Sanchez threw ball, strike, strike, strike to Pedroia and Holbrook called them all balls. Later in the game, he called those pitches strikes for Jays hitters (Encarnacion 3rd, Colabello 4th, Travis 7th, Donaldson 7th). It still did the Red Sox no good.