June 3, 2017

G55: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2

Red Sox - 000 200 021 - 5  9  0
Orioles - 000 000 101 - 2  7  0
David Price (7-3-1-1-7, 92) and Hanley Ramirez (home run, double, three RBI) led the Red Sox to victory.

With Xander Bogaerts on first base in the fourth, Mitch Moreland battled Dylan Bundy (5-4-2-1-4, 100) for 11 pitches. Moreland flew out to center, but Ramirez followed by pounding an 0-2 pitch to left for a two-run homer. Ramirez doubled home a run in the eighth.

Price allowed a single to his first batter in the first, but then got a popup and two strikeouts. He walked the leadoff man in the fourth before Mark Trumbo grounded into a double play. Chris Davis singled to open the fifth, but Price got a fielder's choice and two strikeouts to end that inning. Manny Machado homered off Price in the seventh.

Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly and struck out Adam Jones (the potential tying run) to end the eighth. In the ninth, Kimbrel actually allowed a run (!) when Trumbo singled with one out and Trey Mancini doubled with two outs. Jonathan Schoop walked, again bringing the potential tying run to the plate for the Orioles. But Kimbrel got his man, as he threw strike three past Seth Smith.

Mookie Betts also had two hits and Bogaerts scored two runs. ... Boston had more extra-base hits (4 doubles, 1 home run) than singles (4).
David Price / Dylan Bundy
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Ramirez, DH
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Sandoval, 3B
Rutledge, 2B Marrero, 2B
(Josh Rutledge was scratched because of dehydration.)

Price will make his second start of the season. Last Monday, he allowed two hits, two walks and three runs in five innings in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox.

Bundy has pitched at least six innings in every one of his 11 starts this year. He's allowed two runs or fewer in eight of those 11 starts - and more than three runs only once.

A bunch of fun facts from Elias Says:
Clayton Kershaw became the 80th pitcher in major-league history to strike out 2,000 batters ... Kershaw's career ERA of 2.37 at the time of his milestone punchout was lower than that of any of the 71 previous pitchers whose career started since 1913 (the first year that both leagues tracked earned runs) and who reached 2,000 strikeouts. ... Only Pedro Martinez had fewer walks (473) at the time of his 2,000th strikeout than Kershaw, who has 488 bases on balls.

Kershaw and three relievers - Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton, and Kenley Jansen - struck out 26 batters last night as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 2-1 in 12 innings. That set a new National League record and tied the MLB record for most strikeouts in a game. The three AL teams: the A's in 20 innings against the Angels in July 1971, the Angels in 17 innings against the Brewers in 2004, and the Yankees in 18 innings against the Cubs this year. The 42 combined strikeouts by the Dodgers and Brewers set a new NL record.

LA's Kenley Jansen has struck out 39 batters this season without issuing a walk. That's the most strikeouts before surrendering a base on balls by any pitcher to start a season since 1893, when the mound was first set at 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate.

San Francisco starting pitcher Ty Blach walked in each of his first three plate appearances last night against the Phillies - and he did not walk an opposing batter in a complete-game shutout victory. Blach is the first pitcher in 45 years to draw three walks in a game as a batter without issuing any walks from the mound. And he is only the second pitcher in the last 100 years to walk three times in a game without allowing a run or walk in a complete-game victory.

The bottom four hitters in the Mariners' lineup drove in all 12 runs in a win over the Rays. The only other time in the liveball era (since 1920) that a team scored at least 12 runs in a game with all of the runs driven in by the starting 6-9 hitters was on August 10, 1986, when the Royals scored 13 runs at Yankee Stadium.

All nine batters in Washington's starting lineup had at least one hit, one run scored, and one RBI against Oakland. It's the third time in Nationals/Expos history that nine or more players produced at least one RBI and scored one or more runs in a game. Ten Expos achieved that feat on June 17, 1979 against the Astros, and nine Expos did so on April 11, 1993 at Colorado.
The Nationals would have had no zeroes in the AB-R-H-RBI box score if they had kept Wilmer Difo on the bench:

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