April 28, 2018

G26: Rays 12, Red Sox 6

Rays    - 022 011 114 - 12 18  1
Red Sox - 111 110 001 -  6 12  1
David Price (5.2-8-6-4-5, 85) allowed two two-run dongs in the early innings, but the Red Sox managed to tie the game at both 4-4 and 5-5. The Rays kept scoring, though, with Brian Johnson feeling snowballed after being tagged for seven hits and five runs in the final two innings.

It was a team effort by Tampa Bay. Six batters collected two or more hits - Matt Duffy went 4-for-6 and Wilson Ramos was 3-for-3 - and five Rays scored two runs each, including Johnny Field, who also drove in three runs in the ninth with his first major league homer. The Rays have won eight consecutive games.

Denard Span was credited with an inside-the-park home run in the second when his line drive took an odd hop past Jackie Bradley (or maybe JBJ simply misjudged the ball). Bradley's forward dive left him on the ground as the ball rolled all the way to the wall. By the time Mookie Betts threw it back to the infield, Span was already halfway between third and home.

Betts left the game in the fifth inning with tightness in his right hamstring.

For the Red Sox, who have lost five of their last seven games since opening the season 17-2, Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers each had three hits. Devers's fourth home run of the year tied the game in the fifth. Hanley Ramirez had two singles and two walks.

Of Boston's seven losses, this was the first game where the margin of defeat was more than three runs.

Also: Eduardo Nunez felt a little uneasy when Daniel Robertson bent down to tie the laces of his shoe.

Pablo Sandoval pitched the ninth inning for the Giants, who lost to the Dodgers 15-6. He retired the side in order on three ground balls. ... Odubel Herrera battled a tree as he robbed Freddie Freeman of a home run. ... Kole Calhoun: Death To Flying Things Jr.
Yonny Chirinos / David Price
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Ramirez, 1B
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Nunez, 2B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Xander Bogaerts is back in the lineup, but his left ankle still hurts:
Feels like a needle ... a couple of needles pinching, depending on the movement. ... I think I'm good enough to play and that's what I told them ... I feel good. ... [M]y timing is getting there. ... Snell threw me a curveball my first at-bat and I haven't seen a curveball like that in a while.
Brock Holt (left hamstring strain) was moved to the 10-day disabled list. ... Before last night, the Red Sox were 8-1 at home, their best start at Fenway Park since 1998 (10-1).

And: Some words about bases-loaded bunts.

1 comment:

Jere said...

I felt like Nunez couldn't tie his own shoes today anyway.