September 18, 2015

G146: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Red Sox   - 000 010 000 - 1  8  1
Blue Jays - 001 302 00x - 6  9  0
Not all Red Sox losses are bad. In dropping the first game of a weekend series at Skydome, Boston helped scuttle the Yankees' division-winning dreams. The Mets beat the MFY 5-1, dropping the Yankees 4.5 games behind Toronto in the AL East.

Porcello: 6-8-6-2-4, 111. ... Mookie Betts had two hits, including a double. ... Josh Rutledge knocked in Boston's lone run, which was scored by Rusney Castillo.
Rick Porcello / Marcus Stroman
Betts, RF
Holt, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Shaw, 1B
Castillo, LF
Swihart, C
Rutledge, 2B
Bradley, CF
Mookie Betts will try his hand at playing right field during this series. According to interim manager Torey Lovullo:
We all know Jackie [Bradley] is comfortable in center. ... Jackie is comfortable no matter where you put him. We're probably looking at Mookie's first steps, Mookie's coverage. His reads. It's more about Mookie in the situation of being a right fielder than it is Jackie being a center fielder. We feel fine about arm strength. Everybody is concerned about the right fielder's arm strength. We know that Mookie has really improved in that area.
It has been reported that the Red Sox and Blue Jays will close out spring training in 2016 with two exhibition games at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on April 1 and 2. Boston will begin the regular season in Cleveland on April 4.

While the Red Sox are (I hope) rolling over for the Blue Jays, the Yankees play the NL East-leading Mets.


allan said...

Gordon Edes:

Betts comes into the weekend as the only hitter in the big leagues batting better than .400 against the Blue Jays this season (minimum 30 at-bats). He's batting .417 (25-for-60) with a .444 on-base average and .717 slugging percentage, generated by five doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Betts has hit safely in all 17 games in which he has faced the Jays this season and has two or more hits in 10 of those games. In his career, he has faced the Jays 20 times; the only time he didn't get a hit was Aug. 27, 2014, when he went 0-for-3.

allan said...

Good Old Days

September 18, 1908:
In the first game of a doubleheader between the Giants and Pirates, New York's Mike Donlin tires of a heckler and punches him in the eye. Police quickly move in.