April 2, 2018

G5: Red Sox 7, Marlins 3

Red Sox - 000 320 101 - 7 12  0
Marlins - 010 000 011 - 3 10  0
Before Boston began its two-game series in Miami, it was announced that for the first time in Red Sox history, the team's starting pitchers had allowed one or zero runs in each of the team's first four games. ... Brian Johnson (6-6-1-2-5, 82) extended that franchise record to five games (3 runs in 30 innings).
                     IP     H    R   BB   K  PIT
0329 @TBR Sale        6     1    0    3   9   92
0330 @TBR Price       7     4    0    0   5   76
0331 @TBR Porcello    5.1   6    1    1   4   89
0401 @TBR Velazquez   5.2   5    1    1   5   79
0402 @MIA Johnson     6     6    1    2   5   82
                     30    22    3    7  28         ERA: 0.90
After giving up a home run to Brian Anderson in the second inning, Johnson wiggled out of trouble in the third (getting Anderson on a two-out grounder to shortstop with the bases loaded), fourth (after two leadoff singles, he got a fly to right and a double play), and fifth (with runners on first and second, he retired Miami's 5-6-7 hitters on only six pitches).

The Red Sox were quieted by Trevor Richards until there were two outs in the fourth. Xander Bogaerts reached on an infield single that rolled down the third base line while the Marlins waited (in vain) for it to go foul. Eduardo Nunez tied the game with a double down the left field line. After Jackie Bradley walked, Christian Vazquez doubled to left for two more runs. (After needing only 23 pitches in the first two innings, Boston made Richards throw 28 in the third and 31 in the fourth.)

Andrew Benintendi got his first hit of the season (an infield single to first) with one out in the fifth. Hanley Ramirez followed that with a home run to left. Mookie Betts his first dong on the year in the seventh and Rafael Devers doubled home Ramirez in the ninth (after Hanley had singled with two outs and stolen second base).

Xander Bogaerts is the fourth major league player to hit five doubles in his team's first three games of the season, joining Pop Dillon (1901 Tigers), Jim Greengrass (1954 Reds), and Carlos Beltran (2008 Mets).
Brian Johnson / Trevor Richards
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Ramirez, 1B
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Nunez, 2B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Johnson, P
Trevor Richards is making his major league debut.

In 2017, the Red Sox won only 12 games (12-51) when they scored three or fewer runs. ... The scores of this season's first three wins: 1-0, 3-2, 2-1.

Marcus Walden made his major league debut on Sunday, getting the final out in the sixth inning, preserving Boston's 2-1 lead by stranding the tying run on third and the go-ahead run at second. He then pitched a clean seventh. Walden, 29, spent 11 years in the minor leagues.

The Yankees' home opener has been snowed out.

The Twins were very annoyed that Baltimore catcher Chance Sisco bunted against the shift in the ninth inning on Sunday, trailing 7-0.

Twins second baseman Brian Dozier: "I could've said something ... I'm sure they'll address it and move forward." ... Twins pitcher Jose Berrios: "[I]t's not good for baseball in that situation." ... Sisco: "[T]hey kind of gave it to me. ... We got bases loaded right after that. ... We're a couple runs away from being back in that game."

The Twins (and every other team that bitches about this "unwritten rules" bullshit (like the Yankees)) should Shut. The. Fuck. Up. Forever. You don't want someone to bunt against your shift? Don't use a shift! You want the other team to stop trying to score runs? Then you are a fucking idiot.


Shawn K said...

Nice to see Tazawa, although it's too bad he's been banished to such a bad team.

GK said...

(Jose) Berrios (the Twins pitcher) added to reporters: "I don't care if he's bunting. I just know it's not good for baseball in that situation. That's it."

There you go, the final word. It is not good for baseball. My ass.