September 11, 2016

G142: Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 8

Red Sox   - 130 213 100 - 11 11  2
Blue Jays - 105 200 000 -  8  8  1
Toronto led 8-7 with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Red Sox had two runners on base. Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit was summoned to keep his team in the lead. David Ortiz had other plans. Big Papi swung at missed at Benoit's first pitch, then launched a three-run home run to right (thus likely adding to Benoit's Ortizian nightmares). The shot gave Boston a 10-8 advantage - and the bullpen held on the rest of the way.

Ortiz: "I thought I was getting a different menu, but he just threw me a hittable [pitch]. It wasn't that bad -- it was right at the bottom of the strike zone ... We're going, we're moving, we got that mojo back. We had a good road trip. Second half has been pretty much away every game. We're in a good position right now; we're looking pretty well right now. Our pitching has been outstanding. Today was a little crazy, but the bullpen stepped up and did a good job. We're in good shape."

It was Ortiz's 535th career homer, putting the Big Man 18th on the all-time list. Mickey Mantle, with 536, is at #17. ... Ortiz leads all opposing players in doubles, home runs, extra-base hits, and RBI against the Blue Jays. He's hit 61 home runs against Toronto (with three games still to play), with 41 of them coming on the road (the most dongs he's hit in any visiting park).

After both teams scored in the first, Jackie Bradley belted a three-run dong in the second. Toronto came right back (and then some) against Clay Buchholz (3-4-6-4-3, 63), with Troy Tulowitzki's grand slam being the big blow in the third.

Matt Barnes stranded two runners in the seventh and Koji Uehara got a big double play off the bat of Josh Donaldson to escape the eighth unscathed. Since returning from the disabled list, Uehara has retired eight of 10 batters, including five by strikeout. (And Donaldson is in a deep slump: 0-for-11 in the series and 0-for-23 over his last seven games.)

In the bottom of the ninth, Craig Kimbrel walked Edwin Encarnacion (who had hit two home runs earlier). Jose Bautista struck out swinging. Russell Martin doubled to right, sending Encarnacion to third, but the Red Sox challenged the call and it was overturned and ruled a foul ball. Kimbrel wild-pitched Edwin to second, but got Martin looking at strike three. Tulowitzki (stepping in having been on base in all four plate appearances; 3-for-3 with a walk) lined the first pitch to Mookie Betts in right - and the water was dirty!

Hanley Ramirez's home run to dead center in the fifth was measured at 467 feet. It was his seventh homer in his last 14 games. ... Both teams used nine pitchers.

Next: A seven-game homestand, with three against Baltimore and four against the Yankees.

The current state of the AL East:
BOS ---
TOR 2.0
BAL 2.0
MFY 4.0
Clay Buchholz / Aaron Sanchez
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Betts, RF
Ramirez, 1B
Shaw, 3B
Holt, LF
Leon, C
Bradley, CF
Buchholz's last four starts: 2.31 ERA.

The East is getting very cozy (maybe a little too cozy):
BOS ---
TOR 1.0
BAL 2.0
MFY 3.0


Paul Hickman said...

Do I hear calls for a Streak ??? How about Eight Straight !!!!!!! That'd give everyone else a "dead hand" ......

allan said...

We sure need a hot streak, that's for sure.

allan said...

Elias, on old friend Rich Hill:

Rich Hill threw seven perfect innings before being lifted by manager Dave Roberts. That's the longest perfect game stint for a pitcher who did not get a chance to finish it off in modern major-league history. The previous longest stint for a pitcher who was taken out despite having a perfect game was five innings set by Houston's Bob Knepper on October 5, 1986 and later matched by Detroit's Daniel Norris on September 22, 2015.

Knepper was scheduled to pitch only five innings on the final day of the season for an Astros team that was headed to the National League Championship Series. Norris lasted only five innings in his game because he was limited by a pitch count.

Honorable mention goes to Ed Karger of the Cardinals who pitched seven perfect innings in the second game of a doubleheader against Boston on August 11, 1907. That game was called after six and one-half innings because the two teams had agreed to play only seven innings in the second game of the doubleheader. In that era of baseball history, some second games of a doubleheader were limited to seven innings if the two teams agreed to the arrangement.

allan said...

More Elias:

Hunter Pence went 4-for-5 with four runs scored on Friday night and followed that up by going 3-for-3 with four runs scored on Saturday night. Pence is the eighth player in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to have consecutive games in which he had at least three hits and four runs scored. The others to do this were Detroit's Pete Fox in 1935, Cleveland's Hal Trosky in 1936, Washington's Mel Almada in 1937, Houston's Cesar Cedeno in 1977, Milwaukee's Paul Molitor in 1983, Oakland's Mark McGwire in 1987 and the Mets' David Wright in 2005.

Gary Sanchez went deep for the Yankees in their win over the Rays, his 13th home run in 35 career games. Sanchez matched the major-league record for most home runs for a player in his first 35 career games joining Wally Berger (1930), Wally Joyner (1986), Kevin Maas (1990), and Mike Jacobs (2005-2006).