June 8, 2016

G59: Giants 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1  5  0
Giants  - 000 100 01x - 2  3  1
Mac Williamson began the night hitting .167/.211/.222. He became the hero of the game when he hit David Price's first pitch of the eighth inning over the left field wall for his first major league home run.

Williamson then also nearly became the goat. Hanley Ramirez began the top of the ninth by hitting a high fly ball to left. The wind blew the ball towards left center and Williamson, calling for it all the way, had it hit off the side of his glove for a two-base error. The Red Sox had the potential tying run at second with none out.

Home plate umpire Tim Timmons took the bat out of Jackie Bradley's hands, calling strikes on two outside pitches, including strike three. David Ortiz was announced as a pinch-hitter for Chris Young, and the Giants called on Javier Lopez. Ortiz fell behind 0-2, then refused to bite at a few low outside pitches before working a walk. Travis Shaw whiffed for the second out. Marco Hernandez, facing Hunter Strickland, grounded the first pitch to shortstop. Rusney Castillo (running for Ortiz) was forced, and the game was over.

Price (8-3-2-2-7, 107) allowed only three hits in his complete game, but two of them left the yard. They were the only Giants runners he allowed past first base.

Mookie Betts singled to start the game and stole second with one out. But Boston could not get him in as Xander Bogaerts popped to short and Hanley Ramirez grounded back to the pitcher. Betts singled and stole second again in the third, but was again left on base (along with Dustin Pedroia at first).

Young hit his fifth homer of the season with two outs in the fourth off Madison Bumgarner (6-4-1-1-5, 101), but the Giants answered in the bottom half, as Brandon Belt crushed a pitch into the bay beyond right field.
David Price / Madison Bumgarner
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Young, LF
Rutledge, 3B
Vazquez, C
Price, P
Nicholas Frazier, WEEI:
Despite the 7-2 record, Price, a former Cy Young winner, has been somewhat underperforming this season, as shown by his 4.88 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He is, however, third in the American League in strikeouts (84).
Strikeouts are nice, but come on. "Somewhat underperforming"? He's 36th in the AL in ERA and 23rd in WHIP. He's definitely underperforming! However, looking at his last five starts, Price does have a 2.52 ERA.

Meanwhile, MadBum has a season ERA of 1.91 and an 0.73 mark over in his last five starts. And he's slugging .375 (Hanley Ramirez is at .390, by the way) with a 53 OPS+ (Christian Vazquez: 57).


allan said...

Good old Elias:
"Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a 5-3 win over the Giants. Including Tuesday night's win, Bogaerts is 12-for-19 (.632) in extra innings since the start of the 2015 season. That's the highest batting average in extra innings over that span (minimum 10 at-bats)."

Zenslinger said...

Splash hit over our heads, not far from where Allan and Laura and I saw Andres Torres's in...2012?

PK said...

Lopez is coming in to face Papi as I write this, but this umpire is trying to end the game. The first pitch to Ramirez and the second and fourth pitches to JBJ were all outside. Bring us robots.

Jere said...

2 runs in 8 innings and the pitcher loses. Sounds familiar....