April 28, 2017

G22: Red Sox 5, Cubs 4

Cubs    - 101 000 200 - 4 11  0
Red Sox - 500 000 00x - 5 13  2
Chris Sale must have been crying in a corner of the dugout. The Red Sox stormed out of the gate on Friday night and smacked Jake Arrieta around for five quick runs. Boston had scored only 13 runs in its last seven games. Sale pitched two of those seven games and in the 16 innings he was on the mound, his teammates scored exactly one run.

Arrieta took the mound with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a home run by Kris Bryant in the top of the first, on Drew Pomeranz's 7th pitch of the night. Arrieta retired Xander Bogaerts on groundout that he fielded himself, but he would have to throw 35 more pitches before recording his second out.

The rest of the inning: Andrew Benintendi homered to right. Mookie Betts doubled to deep center. Hanley Ramirez singled to right, Betts scored. Ramírez to second on wild pitch. Mitch Moreland doubled to deep right, Ramírez scored. Moreland to third on wild pitch. Pedroia walked. Jackie Bradley singled to center, Moreland scored, Pedroia to third. Christian Vazquez singled to right, Pedroia scored, Bradley to second. Marco Hernandez flied out to left. Bogaerts struck out swinging.

Arrieta (4.1-10-5-3-5, 98) finally headed back to the dugout having thrown 42 pitches. He has allowed at least four earned runs in the first inning in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career.

Pomeranz (6-6-2-2-7, 95) turned the game over to the pen for the last three innings. Right away, the Cubs struck for two runs, putting a man on against Robby Scott and scoring twice off Joe Kelly. (One run scored on Kelly's wild pitch.) Heath Hembree allowed two singles with one out in the eighth, but Fernando Abad came in and struck out Matt Szczur and Kyle Schwarber to end the threat. (Schwarber struck out four times in the game.)

In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel fanned Bryant and Anthony Rizzo before Ben Zobrist doubled to right. Unfazed, Kimbrel threw a ball to Addison Russell before getting the Cubs' shortstop to swing and miss at three straight pitches.

Ramirez, Pedroia, Vazquez, and Hernandez all had two hits each. Five different players scored a run and five different players had an RBI.
Jake Arrieta / Drew Pomeranz
Bogaerts, SS
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Pedroia, 2B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Hernandez, 3B
The World Champion Chicago Cubs visit Fenway Park for three games.

In the first game of the last Cubs-Red Sox series in Boston (in 2014), Jake Arrieta did not allow a hit until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth.

Since losing Game 6 (and the 1918 World Series) at Fenway, the Cubs have played six games in Boston:

May 20-22, 2011: Red Sox won 2 of 3: 15-5, 3-9, 5-1

June 30-July 2, 2014: Red Sox lost 3 of 3: 0-2, 1-2, 9-16

In the final game of the 2014 series, there was only one zero in Chicago's traditional AB-R-H-RBI box score.


allan said...

Roster Stuff: Red Sox added INF/OF Chase d'Arnaud to the active 25-man roster, recalled RHP Ben Taylor, and sent LHP Robbie Ross and OF/INF Steve Selsky to Pawtucket.

allan said...


"I've been trying so hard to get David back and help out these kids. I thought they needed one more year to kind of realize what they have to do. But you can't blame David, either. You go through the struggles of baseball, the day-to-day–– the stuff that you have to do –– it gets to a point where you just get tired."

"As much as I love Machado, who's one of my boys –– I love him dearly –– I would've [gone] and hit him square in the ribs ... I honestly think I have to protect my players."

allan said...

Pitcher turns unassisted double play!

allan said...

Our 21 games so far:

0 runs - 3 games
1 run - 3 games
2 runs - 2 games
3 runs - 1 game
4 runs - 3 games
5 runs - 4 games
6 runs - 1 game
7 runs - 2 games
8 runs - 2 games

0-3 runs: 9 games (2-7 record)
4+ runs: 12 games (9-3 record)

0-4 runs: 12 games (5-7 record)
5+ runs: 9 games (6-3 record)

allan said...

SoSHer LogansDad: "It's cool. Pomeranz has got this. He is going to put up a stellar line tonight, allowing the very rarely seen 'negative one' runs scored, and the Sox will win this one zero to -1 after getting no-hit by Arrieta."