June 7, 2015

G58: Red Sox 7, A's 4

A's     - 030 100 000 - 4 11  0
Red Sox - 000 000 07x - 7 13  0
Could this be the game that gives this team a much-needed kick in its collective ass?

Down by four runs, with six outs remaining, the Red Sox batted in the eighth inning:
Kendall Graveman pitching, having allowed only five hits in seven innings. He had retired 13 straight Red Sox batters.
Rusney Castillo homered to left center (1-4).
Evan Scribner relieved Graveman.
Dustin Pedroia reached on infield single to third.
Brock Holt singled to center, Pedroia to second.
Hanley Ramírez singled to left, Pedroia scored (2-4), Holt to third.
Drew Pomeranz relieved Scribner.
David Ortiz hit sacrifice fly to left, Holt scored (3-4).
Tyler Clippard relieved Pomeranz.
Mike Napoli struck out swinging.
Pablo Sandoval singled to deep left, Ramírez to third.
Mookie Betts ran for Sandoval.
Betts stole second.
Xander Bogaerts doubled to deep left center [off the Wall], Ramírez and Betts scored (5-4).
Alejandro De Aza hit for Sandy Leon.
De Aza singled to right, Bogaerts scored (6-4), De Aza to second advancing on throw.
Castillo singled to left, De Aza scored (7-4), Castillo to second advancing on throw.
Pat Venditte relieved Clippard.
Pedroia grounded out to pitcher.
Seven runs, eight hits!
Tommy Layne pitched the ninth, striking out Ben Zobrist and Stephen Vogt, and getting Billy Butler to fly out to deep center.

It was the first time this season the Red Sox came from four runs down to win a game. In sweeping the three-game series from the A's - and winning three consecutive games for the first time since the first week of the season (April 9-11) - Boston has won five of its last seven games.
Kendall Graveman / Clay Buchholz
Pedroia, 2B
Holt, RF
Ramirez, LF
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Sandoval, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Leon, C
Castillo, CF
Buchholz has a 1.47 ERA over his last four starts (30.2 innings) with five walks and 27 strikeouts. Opponents have hit only .171/.216/.267 in those four games.


allan said...

Everyone is asking the question!

Ryan Hannable, WEEI:
"Could this be the game that potentially turns the Red Sox' season around?"

Pete said...

They came back from the grave, man!

allan said...

Pablo Sandoval had chosen his wardrobe even before the Boston Red Sox staged their biggest comeback win of the season, but his selection for the team’s flight to Baltimore on Sunday night seemed just right: a startlingly pink blazer ...
Rusney Castillo, resplendent in white, offered a similar vision of sartorial satisfaction ...
As impressive as it was to see a parade of Sox hitters delivering hit after hit in the inning -- four after two were out, including Xander Bogaerts’ two-run double -- the team's dugout offered the most compelling images. One at-bat after another, players were hanging over the top railing, screaming their support, Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez both dancing out of the dugout in celebration ...

allan said...

Farrell: I think the way in which we won this one has a chance or an opportunity to have as big an impact as the win itself.

Bogaerts: This is the kind of offense we can be right there.

Day off tomorrow, but we have Eddie Rodriguez on Tuesday!

FenFan said...

A tale of two games yesterday...

Over the first seven innings, either the Sox weren't getting the breaks or the bats were limp. The crowd was out of it.

As soon as Castillo's home run landed in the Monster Seats, the crowd immediately came to life and the cheers seemed to spark the Sox from there. Every hit, every run increased the crowd noise even more. Layne's perfect ninth was the cherry on top.

I do hope to see more of this in the coming months...

SoSock said...

Not sure if this is the long awaited turn-around or not. But it could be. The team has the talent to make a run. Hopefully this will be a bit of a spark. Regardless, they finally swept a series, first time all year, right? And the offense was what came to the rescue. I think we all have felt all season that the offense would have to be the catalyst for this team. Pitching was never thought of as a big plus. But pitching was supposed to be at least average and the offense was what was supposed to be the strength. So I'm just hoping that this series is a precursor to what we'll be seeing a lot more of the rest of the season.