September 4, 2016

G136: Athletics 1, Red Sox 0

Red Sox   - 000 000 000 - 0  6  2
Athletics - 000 000 001 - 1  2  1
Eduardo Rodriguez (8-1-0-2-5, 110) was a mere four outs away from a no-hitter when he allowed an infield single.

With two outs in the eighth, Marcus Semien ground the ball back to the mound. It hit off Rodriguez's foot or lower leg and the lefty could not find the ball right away. He recovered and made a quick throw to first and the runner was called out. The Athletics wisely challenged the call - and it was correctly overturned, with Semien getting credit for a single.

Oakland had four baserunners before the hit: a two-out walk in the first, an infield error in the second, a two-out walk in the fifth, and a HBP in the sixth.

Craig Kimbrel came out for the bottom of the ninth - and needed only six pitches to lose the game and ruin the afternoon. He walked Danny Valencia (bbcbb). Khris Davis cracked Kimbrel's first pitch to left for a double. It one-hopped the wall and Brock Holt bobbled the carom for an error. Xander Bogaerts's relay to the plate was late, as Valencia came all the way around for the winning run. (In other news, it looks like Koji Uehara will be activated on Monday in San Diego.)

Holt: "I was trying to get it in quick and it kicked off the wall a little bit harder than I thought it was going to. Spinning around, I just kind of rushed it. Obviously I should've caught that ball cleanly and got it in."

Kimbrel: "I was ready. Just all over the place with Valencia, leadoff walk, fastball in [to Davis]. Guess I didn't get in far enough ... Save, non-save at this point it doesn't matter, winning ballgames is what matters ..."

Yoan Moncada and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits. ... David Ortiz walked twice.
Eduardo Rodriguez / Kendall Graveman
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Betts, RF
Ramirez, 1B
Leon, C
Holt, LF
Moncada, 3B
Bradley, CF
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.
The Dodgers' streak - June 23-25, July 22-23 - actually included a loss: 15-3, 21-12, 11-16, 12-3, 11-6.
BOS ---
TOR ---
BAL 2.0
MFY 6.5


allan said...

Meanwhile, among teams that have no chance at a playoff spot:
The Yankees' last two losses have led manager Joe Girardi to label Sunday's game "the most important game of the year".

allan said...

The last day David Ortiz's OPS was under 1.000 was April 28.

It's 1.035 now, best in MLB. Mike Trout (1.018) is the only other player in MLB over 1.000.

Clem said...

Was he really four outs away with no score on the board? I was anticipating his getting nine no-hit innings but forced into extras.

allan said...

It was the third time this season (most in MLB) that the Red Sox lost a game in which its opponent was held scoreless through eight innings.

Paul Hickman said...

Allan ,

Would I be correct that the Sox would probably top the List for games lost where we have "outhit" the Opposition - from my aging memory it seems to have happened an awful lot - possibly 10 times or more ?

Cheers Paul

allan said...

I'm not sure how to search for that.

It's not one of the things they keep track of in the daily Game Notes.

You can't get that from looking at BRef's batting logs because it doesn't include what the pitchers gave up.

I think the only way is to go to the game log and look at each box score. But that still wouldn't tell you how other teams fared.