August 17, 2019

G126: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

Orioles - 000 000 000 - 0  5  0
Red Sox - 000 020 20x - 4  7  0
Eduardo Rodriguez (7.1-4-0-2-4, 106) stepped up after the Red Sox put Chris Sale on the injured list with left elbow inflammation shortly before Saturday's game. The Red Sox won their fourth game in a row and remain 6.5 games behind the Rays for the second wild card spot.

Dave Dombrowski did not have (or provide) much information about Sale's condition. When asked about the extent of the injury, he said: "I cannot answer that, really. There's going to be further evaluations. ... We're in a situation where I don't really know where it's going to take us ..." He was asked if Sale will pitch again this season. "I don't know one way or another at this point ..."

Rodriguez was economical in the early innings, throwing seven pitches in the first and 11 in the second. He had a runner on third with one out in the sixth – right after the Red Sox had taken a 2-0 lead – but worked out of trouble with groundballs to shortstop and third.

Brock Holt had led off the fifth with his second home run of the season. Jackie Bradley tripled to right and scored on Asher Wojciechowski's (4.1-5-2-3-4, 98) wild pitch. The inning featured more baserunners, but no more runs: Mookie Betts walked and Xander Bogaerts singled with one out, but J.D. Martinez, facing reliever Miguel Castro, grounded into a 1-4-3 double play.

Paul Fry retired the first two Boston batters in the seventh before Betts doubled to left and Rafael Devers homered on an 0-2 pitch.

After Rodriguez gave up a single with one out in the seventh, Matt Barnes took over. He immediately increased the pressure by allowing an infield single and throwing a wild pitch, giving the Orioles men at second and third, with one out. Barnes rebounded, striking out Anthony Santander in a nine-pitch battle (bssfbfffs) and then getting Renato Nunez on strikes, with Christian Vázquez making the throw of a loose ball to first.

Brandon Workman pitched a clean ninth, with two strikeouts and a grounder to third. ... In the last two games, 14 of the Red Sox's 19 hits have been for extra bases.
Friday   – 12 hits: 3 singles, 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run)
Saturday –  7 hits: 2 singles, 5 extra-base hits (2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs)

It's back!
AL Wild Card: CLE/TBR –, OAK 0.5, BOS 6.5.
Asher Wojciechowski / Eduardo Rodriguez
Betts, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, DH
Benintendi, LF
Vázquez, C
Moreland, 1B
Holt, 2B
Bradley, CF


allan said...

SoSHer rocky roccocco:
"Listened to Dale Arnold do a couple of innings the other day. He needs to go to a short season Class A league and learn play by play. There are hundreds of deserving minor league announcers who would love the chance he is getting. Without so much as a description of the pitch, the first thing we hear on a double down the line was "the third baseman dives at the ball and it's past him". Huh? Moments later he completely mangles a Moreland triple in the right field corner. WEEI and the Red Sox should be embarrassed. The pro PBP guys they have on (McDonough, Impemba, Flemming, etc) seem fine, but with no continuity through the year and you never know who's up next. But to have folks broadcasting that couldn't describe someone buttering toast is a disservice to Red Sox fans. The broadcasts have mirrored the inconsistency of the 2019 Red Sox. And that's too bad."

Jim said...

Agreed. Arnold's "turn" on the radio side has led me to watching TV feed in silence. He acts like Mr. Knowitall and has one of these authoritative voices that simply sounds pompous and full of shit. The most irritating thing about him (to me) is his use of the word "fired", which is commonly used in hockey pbp -eg- "Orr fires the puck around the boards". He yells "Devers fires the ball off the wall and has a stand-up double", as if Devers was hitting fungoes.