April 15, 2017

G11: Red Sox 2, Rays 1

Rays    - 001 000 000 - 1  3  0
Red Sox - 010 000 10x - 2  6  0
Chris Sale (7-3-1-3-12, 111) and Mitch Moreland (3-for-4, double, home run, two runs scored) carried the Red Sox to victory.

Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi was forced out of the game with left hamstring tightness after throwing his first pitch of the second inning (a ball to Moreland). Erasmo Ramirez came out of the bullpen - and Moreland clubbed his first pitch to right field for a home run.

In the seventh, Moreland and Xander Bogaerts both singled off Tommy Hunter. Pablo Sandoval grounded into a fielder's choice at second. Chris Young walked, loading the bases. Lefty Xavier Cedeno relieved Hunter, which allowed Sandy Leon to bat right-handed (5-for-9 this year). Leon merely grounded out to second, but it was enough, as Moreland scored the go-ahead run.

Matt Barnes walked two men with one out in the eighth, but got out of trouble with a double play from Evan Longoria. Craig Kimbrel had a smooth ninth inning (K, K, 5-3).

Sale struck out seven of the last nine batters he faced. ... Boston has scored a total of three runs in Sale's three starts.
Jake Odorizzi / Chris Sale
Pedroia, 2B
Benintendi, CF
Betts, RF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Sandoval, 3B
Young, LF
Leon, C
The Red Sox are 5-5: W W L L W L W L W L

Boston is tied for 15th among MLB teams in runs scored per game (4.4), so I'm surprised to the team #2 in both batting average and on-base percentage (trailing the Nationals in both categories). The Red Sox are 18th in slugging, however.

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