September 3, 2016

G135: Red Sox 11, Athletics 2

Red Sox   - 207 000 011 - 11 17  0
Athletics - 000 001 100 -  2  5  2
Yoan Moncada collected the first two hits and the first RBI of his major league career as the Red Sox routed the A's yet again - and moved into a tie for first place in the East. Moncada doubled in a run in the third and singled in the ninth.

Mookie Betts drove in two runs, giving him 100 for the season. He is only the second player in Red Sox history to hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs before turning 24 years old. Ted Williams is the other player and he did it twice: 1939 and 1941.

Betts also joined David Ortiz as the second set of Red Sox teammates to hit 30 homers, 40 doubles and drive in 100 runs in a single season. Ortiz and Manny Ramirez did it in 2004.

Rick Porcello (7-4-2-0-2, 101) retired the first 16 Oakland batters, not allowing a baserunner until the sixth inning.
Rick Porcello / Daniel Mengden
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Betts, RF
Ramirez, 1B
Leon, C
Young, LF
Moncada, 3B
Bradley, CF
The Red Sox unloaded the heavy artillery on the Athletics yet again, pounding the East Bay team into submission, 16-2, on Friday night. That marks the fourth time in their last four games against the Athletics that the Red Sox have scored at least a dozen runs; in early May, the Sox swept the A's in a three-game series at Fenway Park by the scores of 14-7, 13-5 and 13-3.

We know what you're wondering. And, yes, it's happened before that a team had scored at least 12 runs in each of four consecutive games against a particular opponent. The last time? In 1901, believe it or not, on the day that President William McKinley was shot. The New York Giants hosted Honus Wagner's Pirates and got whipped in consecutive doubleheaders on September 5 and 6 by the scores of 15-1, 15-7, 15-2 and 13-4. (By the way, the Pirates had also beaten the Giants in a twin-bill on September 4, by the scores of 12-6 and 10-3!) ...

Friday night's game represented the most runs that the Red Sox have ever scored in a game in Oakland. The last time that they scored 16 runs on the road against the Athletics - on Aug. 26, 1957 - the A's were playing in Kansas City and the Boston lineup included Frank Malzone (who homered twice), Jim Piersall (homered once) and Ted Williams (two hits).
TOR ---
BOS 1.0
BAL 3.0
MFY 6.5


allan said...

No player in baseball history has led the majors in slugging percentage in his final season.
No player in baseball history has led the majors in OPS in his final season.
No player in baseball history has led the majors in extra-base hits in his final season.

David Ortiz currently leads the majors in all three categories.

Paul Hickman said...

That is Fabulous Stuff ...... I said whatever Flo does this season is just "sidesalad" !!! So far the Sidesalad is becoming a Main Course & soon there won't be room for Coffee or anything else...... Breakout Your Lego , perhaps we can "build" a Replacement ??? Surely he can't quit - no-one would mind if he had a change of heart ....... Except the other 29 Clubs !!!!!!! If he does go out , he is certainly going out in style ....... Go Flo .......... Come Back Flo

allan said...

The Red Sox' offense had another big night at the expense of the A's, as Boston won, 11-2 at Oakland. It was the fifth game this season between these two teams; the Red Sox won the first four by scores of 14-7, 13-5, 13-3, and 16-2. The Red Sox are the first team in American League history to score more than 10 runs in five consecutive games versus one opponent. The last major-league team to do that was the Brooklyn Dodgers against Pittsburgh in 1950.