October 2, 2016

G162: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1

Blue Jays - 000 010 010 - 2  9  0
Red Sox   - 000 000 100 - 1  4  1
The Red Sox were no-hit by Aaron Sanchez for 6.2 innings until Hanley Ramirez homered down the left field line. The Blue Jays challenged the initial call of "home run", but the umpires upheld it after a review.

After the Jays went ahead against Brad Ziegler, the Red Sox had two innings in which to come back. Chris Young singled to start the eighth, but Andrew Benintendi was called out on strikes (as Young stole second). Dustin Pedroia grounded to third and Brock Holt struck out swinging.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mookie Betts grounded to short and David Ortiz tapped out catcher-to-first. Hanley Ramirez walked and Xander Bogaerts singled to center to create some excitement. But Jackie Bradley grounded out to third.

In the final regular season game of his career, Ortiz - who had one of his best seasons at the plate - went 0-for-4, with two strikeouts.

The Red Sox finished the regular season at 93-69. Cleveland (94-67) has a make-up game scheduled for tomorrow against the Tigers. But since Cleveland has secured home field advantage for the ALDS, that game may not be played.

Aaron Sanchez / David Price
Pedroia, 2B
Holt, 3B
Betts, RF
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Bradley, CF
Leon, C
Benintendi, LF
If the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, they will force the Indians to win both their Sunday tilt with Kansas City and a make-up game in Detroit in order to have the ALDS start at Progressive Field.

If the Red Sox lose Sunday, and the Indians beat KC, the series will start in Cleveland.

If the Red Sox lose against the Blue Jays, and Cleveland loses Sunday, the Indians would play Detroit Monday. Terry Francona's team would then decide its own fate because of the tie-breaker.
Leo Ortiz, the Large Father's father, talking about staying in Boston for the festivities for his son:
I'm going to be here until the World Series because we're going to win that, too.


allan said...

Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer
Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis said Craig Kimbrel's control issues related to his posture in his delivery. Doesn't believe it will be a difficult fix, even this late in the season


Colour me skeptical.

allan said...

Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer
Craig Kimbrel has walked six of the last 13 batters he has faced and given up at least one run in each of his last three outings.

allan said...

If the Orioles win or the Tigers lose, it's a BAL/TOR WC Game.

allan said...

Baltimore and Toronto clinch spots with wins ... or a Detroit loss.
If either loses, and Detroit wins, the Tigers must beat Cleveland on Monday to force a play-in game.

If San Francisco wins, or if St. Louis loses, the Giants are in.
St. Louis forces a play-in game with a win ... and a Giants loss

allan said...

Lauber, ESPN:
David Ortiz went 3-for-20 with three walks, six strikeouts in last six regular-season games. Tired? "I'm exhausted, I'm not going to lie to you," he said. "This past week caught up on me. I'm so happy that it's over so I can focus on what's coming up next: the playoffs."

SoSock said...

Feeling okay about not having home field advantage, given that we are 2-1 against them both at home and at their place. Not so much about Kimbrel.