July 9, 2017

G89: Rays 5, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 100 000 200 - 3  9  0
Rays    - 101 000 12x - 5  7  0
Mookie Betts began the afternoon with his 16th home run of the year and Dustin Pedroia's two-run shot put Boston up 3-2 in the seventh. But the bullpen let the game get away, with Matt Barnes being charged with one run and Joe Kelly with two.

The Red Sox (losers of four of their last five games) are 50-39 at the All-Star Break. That is a 91-win pace.
            W   L   GB    RS   RA   DIFF
Red Sox    50  39  ---   431  366   + 65
Yankees    45  41  3.5   477  379   + 98
Rays       47  43  3.5   428  412   + 16
Orioles    41  46  8.0   381  465   - 84
Blue Jays  41  47  8.5   366  430   - 64
Barnes began the seventh in relief of David Price (6-5-2-2-5, 106). He walked his first batter, Mallex Smith, on four pitches. After a sacrifice bunt, Steven Souza was safe on a hard hit ball to third. With runners at first and third, Kelly came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Corey Dickerson (which Andrew Benintendi caught in foul territory), tying the game at 3-3. The Red Sox got a pair of two-out walks in the eighth, but Christian Vazquez struck out.

Kelly walked Logan Morrison to start the bottom of the eighth. The next two hitters were retired, but Brad Miller homered to center for two runs. In the ninth, facing Alex Colome, Tzu-Wei Lin (3-for-4) singled. Betts popped to shortstop, Pedroia hit into a fielder's choice, and Xander Bogaerts popped to shortstop.

The Red Sox had chances earlier in the game to score against Chris Archer (6.2-8-3-2-8, 108). In the third, Lin singled and Betts walked. But the next three hitters could not advance either runner, as Pedroia and Bogaerts struck out and Mitch Moreland flied to left. With one out in the fourth, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley singled. Both runners remained where they were, though, as Vazquez fouled to right and Lin grounded to second.
David Price / Chris Archer
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Benintendi, LF
Ramirez, DH
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Lin, 3B
Next game after today: Friday, at home against the MFY.


allan said...

Pirates with 10 runs in top of 1st against Lester and the Cubs!

Lester: 0.2-6-10-3-0, 53. He faced 12 batters (the last 2 batters: Grand Slam, Solo HR). Only 4 of 10 runs were earned.

Harrison singled to center.
Cervelli grounded out to third, Harrison to second.
McCutchen walked.
Freese grounded into fielder's choice to third, Harrison safe at third on error by third baseman Bryant, McCutchen to second.
Bell singled to right, Harrison scored, McCutchen to third, Freese to second.
Osuna doubled to deep left, McCutchen and Freese scored, Bell to third.
Mercer singled to left, Bell and Osuna scored, Mercer to second on error by catcher Contreras.
Moroff walked.
Kuhl sacrificed to first, Mercer to third, Moroff to second.
Harrison walked.
Cervelli homered to left, Mercer, Moroff and Harrison scored.
McCutchen homered to center.
Montgomery relieved Lester.
Freese walked.
Bell singled to left, Freese to second.
Osuna flied out to center.

From ESPN:

Amazing notes from ESPN Stats & Info from the Cubs' disastrous first inning today at Wrigley Field:

- It's the first time in Jon Lester's 335 career starts he's failed to get out of the first.

- The 10 runs allowed are the second-most he's allowed in a start.

- The Pirates had not scored 10 first-inning runs on the road since 1989. Barry Bonds hit a three-run homer during that long-ago rally.

- The Cubs have now allowed 80 first-inning runs this season, nine more than they allowed all of 2016.

- Lester threw 53 pitches and got two outs. It's been 20 years since ANY pitcher threw that many pitches in less than an inning. Any inning. Bartolo Colon threw 61 pitches in less than an inning back in April of 1997, which was his second career start.

- And, finally, Lester's Game Score (minus-16) is tied for the worst of any outing by a starter since 1998.

allan said...

Really wish I could put the Yankees in 3rd, but they are .001 ahead of the Rays.