July 3, 2019

G86: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3

Red Sox   - 002 100 000 - 3  8  0
Blue Jays - 001 202 01x - 6 11  0
After a double play in the bottom of the sixth, Chris Sale (5.2-9-5-2-5, 104) gave up a single to Rowdy Tellez and a two-run homer to Brandon Drury. That dong was the third allowed by Sale in the game and it snapped a 3-3 tie. The Red Sox lost for the fourth time in the last five games, and the sixth time in nine games.

Sale allowed nine hits, the most in a start since June 10, 2017. In 14.2 innings (three starts) against the Blue Jays this year, Sale has allowed 23 hits and 13 earned runs (7.98 ERA).

Rafael Devers drove in two runs in the third inning and Christian Vázquez hit his 13th home run of the year in the fourth.

Right after Toronto took a 5-3 lead, the Red Sox squandered a prime scoring opportunity. Vázquez led off the seventh with a single and Michael Chavis doubled with one out. Eduardo Núñez batted for Brock Holt with runners at second and third and one out. Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson got Núñez on a fly to short left and then struck out Mookie Betts.

J.D. Martinez singled with two outs in the eighth, but Andrew Benintendi flied to right. Down by three runs in the ninth, Boston went in order against Ken Giles. Vázquez struck out swinging, Jackie Bradley grounded out first-to-pitcher, and Chavis flied to right.

AL East: MFY 5, Mets 1. Orioles 9, Rays 6. ... MFY –, TBR 6.5, BOS 11.0.
Chris Sale / Jacob Waguespack David Phelps
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, DH
Benintendi, LF
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Chavis, 1B
Holt, 2B
The Red Sox have tied a major league record, by scoring at least four runs in the first inning in each of their last three games. It is the third time the Red Sox have accomplished this feat.

September 2 vs BAL: 4 runs in first inning, lost 11-10
September 3 at WAS (G1): 4 runs in first inning, won 7-5
September 3 vs WAS (G2): 4 runs in first inning, won 16-0
September 4 vs BAL: 0 runs in first inning, won 7-6 (12)
April 12 vs DET: 4 runs in first inning, won 6-3
April 13 vs DET: 6 runs in first inning, won 8-1
April 14 vs DET: 4 runs in first inning, won 7-5
April 15 vs DET: 0 runs in first inning, lost 1-0
June 29 vs NYY (London): 6 runs in first inning, lost 17-13
June 30 vs NYY (London): 4 runs in first inning, lost 12-8
July 2 at TOR: 4 runs in first inning, won 10-6
Waguespack has only four innings of big league experience, from his May 27 debut against the Rays. That seems like the kind of pitcher the Red Sox could set a new record against.

The Red Sox have banged out 15 or more hits in each of their last four games, tying the franchise record set on September 3-5, 1938. The major league record is five games, which has been done four times since 1900, with the 1970 Dodgers being the most recent: August 9-14, 1970. ... In the last 80 years, the Red Sox are only the third team to have 15+ hits, 5+ extra-base hits, and 7+ runs in as many as four consecutive games, joining the 2000 Tigers and 2011 Cardinals.

Rafael Devers, who won't turn 23 years old until October 24, and Hall of Famer (and crossword puzzle favourite) Mel Ott are the only players in history to have multiple games with 4+ hits and 6+ RBI before their 23rd birthday (since 1920, when RBI became an official stat).

Devers has four career multi-homer games, one of only three Red Sox to do so before turning 23, joining Ted Williams (6) and Tony Conigliaro (4). In his last six games, Devers is hitting .556 (15-for-27), with seven doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, 10 runs scored, a 1.608 OPS, and only two strikeouts. He's hitting .609 (14-for-23) in his last five games.

Boston pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters in each of the last six games. It's the second-longest streak in team history, behind an eight-game streak on September 3-12, 2017.

If making Nathan Eovaldi the team's closer is a guaranteed disastrous decision, then why are the Red Sox doing it? ... I guess they cannot predict the future and don't know as much about their players as the radio station does.

AL East: MFY –, TBR 5.5, BOS 10.0. ... MFY/Mets & Orioles/Rays, 7 PM.

No comments: