April 23, 2017

G19: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

Red Sox - 400 011 000 - 6 14  0
Orioles - 000 000 011 - 2  6  1
Now that is the way you start a ball game!

Xander Bogaerts (ball, called strike) singled to right. Andrew Benintendi (ball, foul) singled to right. Mookie Betts homered to left. Hanley Ramírez homered to left. ... Orioles starter Kevin Gausman had thrown only eight pitches - and Boston led 4-0.

Benintendi finished the afternoon 5-for-5. Betts had two hits and two walks, Bogaerts had two hits, two runs scored, and a walk. Mitch Moreland also had two hits, including a home run in the fifth.

Eduardo Rodriguez (6-1-0-5-7, 108) retired the first nine Orioles and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. He had some trouble with his control, walking three batters in the sixth.

Matt Barnes threw a 90 mph pitch at behind Manny Machado's head in the eighth inning and was ejected. At first, it was ruled that Machado was struck in the helmet, but after manager John Farrell complained, they ruled (correctly) that the ball had hit his bat. (Pedroia was seen talking from the dugout to Machado, apparently describing that Barnes's headhunting was "bullshit".)

Fernando Abad was unable to finish the ninth inning (Baltimore scored one run and had two men on), so Craig Kimbrel was asked to get the final out. He did.

Also, Dustin Pedroia reported swelling in both his left ankle and left knee and Farrell said Pedroia will have an MRI tomorrow in Boston "just to rule anything out".
Eduardo Rodriguez / Kevin Gausman
Bogaerts, SS
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Sandoval, 3B
Hernandez, 2B
Rodriguez has allowed seven runs in his two starts (10.1 innings). Boston starters not named Chris Sale have a combined ERA of 5.97.

As far as the hitters go, the Red Sox are 3-for-26 (.115) with runners on second and/or third over the last four games.

Also re Steven Wright: When he hurt his right shoulder pinch-running last August 7, he had a 3.01 ERA and had allowed eight home runs in 146.2 innings. Since the injury, his ERA is 8.46 and he has given up 11 homers in only 27.2 innings. Wright claims his shoulder is "back to 100 percent", but he also said:
I just don't feel like [the knuckleballs] have the violence that they used to have last year. ... It's just a matter of getting everything back, the muscle memory back, and getting back to where I was before the injury. ... I'm trying to get back to who I was before the injury.


FenFan said...

Makes you think that when Price does eventually come off the DL that Wright may be sent there to "rehab" if the Sox can show that he has a legitimate injury or condition.

allan said...

Post-game tweets:

@PeteAbe: Pedroia is not pleased. Feels it was mishandled. "Bad situation."

@brianmacp: Pedroia: "That's not how you do that. I'm sorry to him and his team. I love Manny Machado. That's a mishandled situation."

@brianmacp: Barnes: "I would never intentionally throw at somebody's head. That's a line you don't cross. He has every right to be mad."

@JMastrodonato: Barnes said he's sorry, pitch just got away from him. Tried going inside but not that high.

allan said...

FenFan, in the game thread: "At 22, Andrew Benintendi is youngest Sox player since Tony Conigliaro in 1967 to collect five hits in a game (per CBS Sports)"

accudart said...

Dustin is being stand up....the thing IMO is Manny has a history and maybe he was clean this time but there is a stain left behind from past actions..

FenFan said...

Even more impressive than what I posted in yesterday's game thread:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo:

Youngest Players 5-5 or Better - Red Sox History

Andrew Benintendi 22 yrs-291 days
Babe Ruth 23-92

via @EliasSports#statnightcap


Ruth accomplished this feat in 1918, so the record stood for nearly 100 years

allan said...

Red Sox Notes‏: "At 22 years old, Andrew Benintendi is the youngest Red Sox player with 5+ hits in a game since Tony Conigliaro on 4/16/67 at NYY."

SoSHer E5 Yaz: "That game was 18 innings long, by the way."

ESPN Stats and Information: "Andrew Benintendi is the youngest player in Red Sox history to go 5-for-5 or better in a game (age 22). The previous youngest is Babe Ruth (age 23). (Via Elias Sports Bureau)."

SoSHer Delonte James Jr.: "Benintendi is the youngest BoSox with 5 hits in a 9-inning game since Dalton Jones, 7/9/65, Game 2."