July 27, 2015

G100: White Sox 10, Red Sox 8

White Sox - 401 011 201 - 10 15  2
Red Sox   - 220 210 001 -  8 12  1
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 20th longball of the season. Ortiz's 13 seasons with 20+ home runs in a Boston uniform rank second only to Ted Williams (16). The only player with more consecutive 20+ home run seasons with a single American League team is Babe Ruth (15, Yankees, 1920-34).

I watched only the middle innings of this one, so looking back at the top of the first against Joe Kelly - man oh man, what a way to start the night: triple, triple, double, HBP, single, FC/E1 ...

Ryan Hanigan batted as the potential winning run in the bottom of the ninth, but grounded out to third.
Shane Victorino was traded before the game to the Angels for Josh Rutledge.

Rusney Castillo was recalled from Pawtucket.
John Danks / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Victorino, RF Ramirez, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF Napoli, 1B
Napoli, 1B Sandoval, 3B
Sandoval, 3B Castillo, RF
Hanigan, C
Weeks, 2B


FenFan said...

After last night, Flo is 15 home runs shy of 500; could he reach that milestone mark before the end of this season? Let's look at some numbers; in 2015, he has 19 long balls in 377 plate appearances, which averages to one every 19.8 PAs (his Red Sox career average is 15.1). He has played in 89 games this season, which averages to 4.2 PAs per game. If he plays in 90% of all remaining games this season for the Sox (approximately 57 games), he would make about 239 additional plate appearances.

At his current seasonal home run pace, he would hit only 12 more home runs this season and fall short of the mark; hitting at his frachise career average would net 16 more home runs at put him in company with Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, and Manny Ramirez as the only players to hit home run number 500 in a Boston uniform (at present, 26 MLB players have hit at least 500 home runs).

allan said...

100 Years Ago Today
Cleveland at Washington: Each team gets only 1 hit. The Senators win on a third-inning steal of home by Clyde Milan.

allan said...

In tonight's game thread, FenFan has some info on multiple Red Sox players having 4+ hits in the same game, as Ortiz and Bogaerts did last night. "Twice, it has been done by four players in a single game...

These are the games:

June 8, 1950: Pesky and Zarilla had 5, Doerr and Dropo had 4

September 20, 2005: Ortiz, Manny, Nixon, Varitek all had 4

The 1950 game was the famous 29-4 game against St. Louis. Zarilla had 5 hits (including 4 doubles) and the Sox scored 29 times, but he had 0 RBI! Dropo, batting in front of him, had 7 and Doerr, batting after him, had 8! Weird!

FenFan said...

For the curious, only one team in MLB history since 1914 has had FIVE players collect at least four hits in a single game: 13 May 1958, San Francisco at Los Angeles. Willie Mays had five hits and Orlando Cepeda, Daryl Spencer, Bob Schmidt, and Danny O'Connell each had four for the visiting Giants, who won 16-9. Mays had two home runs, drove home four runs, and scored four runs. Spencer had a better day, hitting two home runs as well as a double and a triple, plating six runners, and scoring four runs.

Wild game all around: the Giants batted around and scored five runs off Don Newcombe in the top of the first. However, Mike McCormick last just one-third of an inning and five batters for San Francisco, allowing three runs in the bottom of the same frame. After three complete, the score was tied at seven. Newcombe lasted just 2.1 IP, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk but finished with a no-decision. The Giants scored at least one run in seven of the nine innings played and finished with 26 hits. Oh, and one of the relievers for the Dodgers that day was Sandy Koufax, who pitched two innings and gave up two runs on four hits, including a home run, and two walks.

allan said...

I see Mays also walked, putting him on base in all 6 of his PAs.

Also, playing shortstop for LA: Don Zimmer.

allan said...

"There are 691 instances of a pitcher making 10 or more starts in Red Sox history; Kelly's ERA this year ranks 666th in that group."