September 5, 2017

G139: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2 (19)

Blue Jays - 010 001 000 000 000 000 0 - 2 12  0
Red Sox   - 000 000 002 000 000 000 1 - 3 11  2
Mookie Betts's superlative baserunning skills were a key factor in why the Red Sox were able to push Tuesday night's game into extra innings, and his baseball acumen was on display in the bottom of the nineteenth when he scored from second base on Hanley Ramirez's bloop single to center.

The three Toronto outfielders were playing deep and Betts was in a sprint as soon as Ramirez hit the ball off the end of his bat. By the time Kevin Pillar fielded the ball, Betts was steaming around third. He scored easily, and the Red Sox were victorious in their longest game of the season. (It was actually the longest game in the majors this year, lasting one inning longer than the Cubs' 5-4 win over the Yankees in 18 innings on May 7.)

It was also the second-longest game in the history of Fenway Park. The Red Sox lost to Seattle 8-7 in 20 innings on September 3-4, 1981, but that game was suspended after 19 innings because of a curfew rule, and resumed the following day. The longest game in Red Sox history was played on September 1, 1906; the visiting Philadelphia A's beat Boston 4-1 in 24 innings at the Huntington Avenue Grounds (time of game: 4:45).*

Boston set a new franchise record and tied the American League record by using 12 pitchers. The paint was still fresh on that AL record, as it was set on Monday night by the Angels. The Red Sox's bullpen also set a team record with 13 scoreless innings.
The Red Sox had done next to nothing in the first eight innings against Marco Estrada (7-3-0-3-3, 108) and reliever Dominic Leone. In the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Jays brought in Roberto Osuna, who already had blown nine saves this season.

Osuna walked Andrew Benintendi and Betts followed with a double into the left field corner. Ramirez grounded a 2-2 pitch to third. Josh Donaldson made the throw to first for the out, but Benintendi scored. Betts was waiting a little bit off of second until Donaldson released the ball - then he broke for third. That was perhaps the most important play of the game because when Mitch Moreland grounded to second, Betts crossed the plate with the tying run. Xander Bogaerts reached first when Donaldson bobbled his grounder, and he stole second as Rafael Devers batted for Christian Vazquez. But Osuna struck out Devers and the game headed to the tenth.

In the top of the eleventh, Toronto had runners at first and third with one out against Brandon Workman. Justin Smoak flied to center field. Jackie Bradley made the catch and fired a perfect one-hop throw to the plate, nailing Jose Bautista, who had walked to open the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Betts was stranded at second when Bogaerts struck out.

The Boston bullpen retired the Blue Jays in order in the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth. A double play wiped out a leadoff walk in the sixteenth. The Red Sox had leadoff singles in the thirteenth and sixteenth and a one-out hit in the fifteenth, but were unable to advance any of those runners.

In the top of the seventeenth, Blaine Boyer struck out the first two batters, but was pulled by manager John Farrell, who brought in Fernando Abad to face the left-hand hitting Ezequiel Carrera. The move backfired as Carrera hit a first-pitch single. Richard Urena followed with a single to right and there were runners at first and third. Abad got ahead of Raffy Lopez 1-2, and Urena stole second. Lopez ended up fouling off four pitches before finally taking a curve on Abad's ninth pitch for strike three.

There was some excitement in the top of the eighteenth when Donaldson took a pitch that was up and in (though clearly in the strike zone) for strike one. Donaldson disagreed with umpire Marvin Hudson and as he was back in the batters box preparing for Carson Smith's second pitch (yes, Carson Smith!), he was still yapping because Hudson suddenly ejected him. Miguel Montero finished the at-bat by grounding out. Rob Reysnyder reached on an infield error, but was thrown out to end the inning by Sandy Leon when he tried to steal second.

Betts began the bottom of the nineteenth with a line drive double off the wall against Chris Rowley, who was in his fourth inning of relief. Ramirez swung and missed a pitch and fouled off two more before dropping his single into shallow center. The game lasted exactly six hours.

The start of the Yankees-Orioles game was delayed by rain for 2:14 and it wasn't until the eighteenth inning that we learned that the Yankees had blown a 6-1 lead and lost when Manny Machado hit a two-run walkoff homer against Dellin Betances.

The Red Sox's lead in the AL East is 3.5 games.

*: The longest game in major league history was also played in Boston, when the Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers played to a 1-1 tie in 26 innings on May 1, 1920. And the Pawtucket Red Sox won the longest game in professional baseball history, beating the Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings. The game began on April 18, 1981, was suspended after 32 innings, and finished on June 23.
Marco Estrada / Eduardo Rodriguez
Nunez, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Vazquez, C
Bradley, CF
In nine starts since coming off the disabled list on July 17, Rodriguez has a 5.47 ERA.

MFY Watch: The Yankees (2.5 GB) play at Baltimore.

Stuff from last night:

The Angels set an American League record when they used 12 pitches in their win over the A's. Also, the Angels are the first team in MLB history to play four consecutive games lasting longer than 3:49:
Friday, September 1: Rangers 10, Angels 9 (4:33)
Saturday, September 2: Angels 7, Rangers 4 (10) (4:09)
Sunday, September 3: Rangers 7, Angels 6 (3:49)
Monday, September 4: Angels 11, Athletics 9 (11) (4:38)
Avisail Garcia of the White Sox did not like it when Cleveland's Trevor Bauer threw him some nasty breaking pitches that he could not hit. Bauer suggested that he get right back in the box and, after striking him out, directed him back to the bench. Bauer's breakdown of their interaction is quite amusing.

Giancarlo Stanton's 53rd home run of the year was also his 33rd solo shot. That's the most one-run homers since David Ortiz hit 33 in 2006.

J.D. Martinez became the first player in Diamondbacks history to hit four home runs in a game, as Arizona beat the Dodgers 13-0. Martinez became the first player since Mike Schmidt (1976) to hit three home runs in a game in the seventh inning or later (he went deep in the 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th). Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray struck out 14 batters. His 53 strikeouts against the Dodgers this year are the most against the Dodgers in one season since 1908, when Christy Mathewson of the Giants had 58.

Pablo Sandoval is now 0-for-his-last-33. Since getting back to San Francisco, where he is properly appreciated, Sandoval is hitting .196 and slugging .268.


allan said...

This Date In Baseball History (Baseball Reference)

1901 - In the first of two in Detroit, Tiger ace Roscoe Miller puts on a disgraceful exhibition against the A's, lobbing in the ball, grinning as the A's batters hit it, and throwing a bunt into the stands to allow three runs to score. Miller settles down in the last three innings, allowing only a single, but the Tigers lose, 11-9. His performance is explained by writers in that he is in one of his sulks.

1913 - The Phillies score the only run this afternoon in a doubleheader in Boston. The visitors win the opener, 1-0, then the two play 10 innings of scoreless baseball before the game is called.

1914 - Pitching for visiting Providence (International League), 19-year-old Babe Ruth beats Toronto, 9-0, with a one-hitter, and hits his only minor league home run, a 3-run blast off Ellis Johnson.

1918 - At Comiskey Park, Babe Ruth of the Red Sox six-hits the Cubs in the opening game of the World Series, 1-0.

1926 - At Baltimore, the minor league Orioles embarrass the Yankees, 18-9, in an exhibition game. Babe Ruth is 0-for-5 and tangles with Mark Koenig in the dugout after the 8th inning. Ruth yells at Koenig, accusing him of loafing on several plays.

1931 - In Cincinnati, the Cubs lose, 4-3, in 10 innings. Hack Wilson, in the Cubs doghouse for drinking and not hitting, is left in the bullpen to warm up pitchers when manager Rogers Hornsby, short of outfielders, inserts pitcher Bud Teachout in LF. On the train back to Chicago that night, Wilson starts arguing with two writers. When Pat Malone wanders by, he joins in the argument and, with his encouragement, Wilson punches out both writers.

1978 - The Expos beat the Cubs, 10-8, in a 9-inning game that sees a major-league record 45 players participate. And the Twins' Dan Ford costs his team a run during a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. On third base when a teammate singles, Ford backpedals homeward, signaling to Jose Morales to follow him home. Morales arrives there ahead of Ford, who is out for being passed on the bases.

Kathryn said...

Hey 19...nice nod to Walter Becker

allan said...

Listening to a recap of the 19-inning game and heard Dave O'Brien's call on the game-winning hit. He happily announces that "We can all go home!" BEFORE informing us that the Red Sox have won the game.

And that shows what is most important in DOB's mind. When a game goes 12+ innings, DOB will NOT shut up about how late it is, who is left in the stands, when will this game end, how it matches up with other long games this year. He is referring to other people, but he is clearly referring to himself. HE doesn't want to be there, HE wants to go home. And when the game is decided, what is his first thought? FINALLY, I CAN GET OUT OF ERE!!! (Which team won the game is pretty much irrelevant.)

DOB did this earlier this year - and Jere pointed it out. So I was not surprised to hear it again.