July 23, 2017

G100: Angels 3, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 000 011 000 - 2  6  0
Angels  - 000 101 10x - 3  5  0
Rick Porcello threw his second complete game (8-5-3-1-6, 96) of the year, but he gave up three solo home runs and came out on the losing end. The Red Sox dropped two of the three games to the Angels.

The game was played in 2:13, the fastest game of the year for the Red Sox. Only two games this season have been played in a shorter amount of time: Cubs 4, Giants 1 (2:05, May 23) and Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0 (2:10, May 30).

All three home runs were hit by the leadoff batter in the inning: Andrelton Simmons in the fourth, Mike Trout in the sixth, and Luis Valbuena in the seventh.

Boston tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth. With two outs, Sandy Leon singled to right, Brock Holt was safe on an infield hit, and Deven Marrero singled to left center, loading the bases. But Mookie Betts grounded to third base and Valbuena made the force on Holt.

Hanley Ramirez gave the Red Sox a short-lived 2-1 lead with a two-out dong in the sixth. Trout tied the game in the bottom half.

After the Angels took a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox were retired in order in the eighth by Blake Parker. In the ninth, Ramirez began with a single off Bud Norris. But Mitch Moreland struck out swinging and Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play.

Minor League Note: Rafael Devers had three hits today. In nine games with Pawtucket, he is hitting .324/.378/.529.

AL East: The Rangers beat the Rays 6-5. MFY/SEA.
Rick Porcello / Parker Bridwell
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Bradley, CF
Ramirez, DH
Moreland, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Leon, C
Holt, 2B
Marrero, 3B
Porcello has pitched at least six innings in 17 consecutive starts (and in 19 of his 20 starts this season). The breakdown of innings of those 17 starts is:
6.0 IP - 8
6.1 IP - 4
6.2 IP - 2
7.0 IP - 2
8.0 IP - 1
Going deep into games and not putting undue pressure on the bullpen is good, but Porcello has a 4.14 ERA in those starts and opponents are hitting .294/.327/.488/.815. The Red Sox are 6-11 in those games.

AL East: Both the Rays and Yankees are 3.5 GB. ... TEX/TB and NYY/SEA.

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