August 31, 2019

G136: Angels 10, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 102 100 000 -  4  9  0
Angels  - 012 000 07x - 10 13  2
Ryan Brasier took the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, with the Red Sox up 4-3. It was Boston's third lead of the game and, just like the other two (1-0 and 3-1), it would quickly disappear.

Braiser had pitched in seven games since returning to the team two weeks ago, facing 29 batters in seven innings and giving up only two hits and one run, along with five walks and 12 strikeouts.

On Saturday night, Braiser imploded. Somehow, he was allowed to pitch to eight batters: single, single, single (4-4), K, F8, double (4-5), BBI, single (4-7). Josh Smith came in and gave up a three-run dong to Albert Pujols.

Mookie Betts went 3-for-3 and J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3, with two RBI. Brock Holt went 2-for-4, but he came up empty in a big spot, grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. Minutes later, Brasier coughed up the lead.

AL Wild Card: CLE/OAK/TBR –, BOS 5.5.
Josh Taylor / Dillon Peters
Betts, CF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, RF
Travis, DH
Benintendi, LF
Vázquez, 1B
Holt, 2B
León, C
After 40 appearances out of the bullpen this year, rookie Josh Taylor will make his first career start. Before Taylor allowed two runs in last night's marathon, he had pitched 12 scoreless innings (with 15 strikeouts) over 12 games dating back to August 6.

The Red Sox signed Jhoulys Chacín (who was released by the Brewers on Monday) to a minor league contract. Chacin has a 5.79 ERA in 19 starts this season and is currently on the injured list with a right oblique strain.

AL Wild Card: CLE/OAK –, TBR 1.0, BOS 5.5.


allan said...

Last night:
Betts is the second player in major league history to hit home runs in the first inning and in the fifteenth inning or later in the same game. Vern Stephens, also of the Red Sox, is the other (May 30, 1951, an 11-10 victory over the Yankees).

Jim said...

I went to bed after Holt hit into the DP. When I first saw the score this morning, I thought it was a misprint. Jesus. I also wandered over to Baseball Ref, team stats, to look up how many complete games the Sox starters have this year. More Jesus, except they're not alone. I know the game has changed, but those numbers ...