August 11, 2018

G118: Red Sox 5, Orioles 0

Red Sox  - 000 031 001 - 5  9  0
Orioles  - 000 000 000 - 0  5  1
David Price (6-5-0-0-10, 94) had little trouble with the Orioles. He allowed five hits, but never more than one in an inning. He has a 1.69 ERA over his last five starts, with 33 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Jackie Bradley hit two solo home runs, but it was Eduardo Nunez who got the Red Sox on the board first, with a two-run shot in the fifth.

Baltimore got only two runners past first base: Wynns singled in the third and was on second with two outs (and with three outs!); Adam Jones doubled with one out in the sixth, but he did not advance, as Price got a strikeout and a comebacker to the mound to end the inning and his outing.

Baltimore starter Jimmy Yacabonis (4.2-5-3-0-2, 60), making only the third start of his 19-game career, breezed through the first four innings, allowing only a one-out single in the second to Xander Bogaerts (3-for-4). Things were not so smooth in the fifth. Bogaerts led off with a single and, with one out, Nunez turned on an inside 3-0 pitch and lined his seventh home run down the left field line. One out later, Bradley struck an 0-1 offering to right-center. JBJ's ninth-inning dong was hit just to the left of straightaway center.

Bogaerts scored his second run in the sixth. After doubling with one out, he took off for third on an 0-1 pitch to Brock Holt. When catcher Austin Wynns's low throw skipped past Renato Nunez, Bogaerts came home.

Three Boston relievers pitched the final three innings, with Tyler Thornburg, Ryan Brasier, and Matt Barnes each retiring the side in order.

The Red Sox's 83rd victory of the season lowered their Magic Number to clinch the AL East to 37.
David Price / Jimmy Yacabonis
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Moreland, 1B
Martinez, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 2B
NĂșunez, 3B
Leon, C
Bradley, CF
Two games today! The afternoon game is a make-up of the July 25 washout that was mishandled so poorly by the Orioles and umpires.

Manager Alex Cora plans on having Hector Velazquez start tonight's game, but he is also available this afternoon. One bullpen consideration is that the Red Sox don't want Chris Sale to come off the DL tomorrow and throw more than 100 pitches.

Plan Ahead!: It's not too early to note on your calendar when you will be watching the Red Sox in October.

Fun Fact: The Orioles were eliminated from the AL East race [sic] with last night's loss.

46.5 GB with 46 to play.



allan said...

A Baltimore-related comment in the SoSH Game Thread:
"Esteban Loaiza is no Gustavo Fring..."

allan said...


Since 1908, a Red Sox #9 batter has scored 4+ runs in a game only five times, twice by Jackie Bradley.

Fritz Ostermueller, September 27, 1940 (4 runs)
Spike Owen - August 21, 1986 (6 runs)
Trot Nixon - April 28, 1999 (4 runs)
Jackie Bradley - August 15, 2015 (5 runs)
Jackie Bradley - August 10, 2018 (4 runs)

Mookie Betts has scored two or more runs in each of his last five games, the longest streak by a Red Sox hitter since Kevin Youkilis went five games in 2005. Ted Williams holds the team record with seven games in 1950.

Mookie's 98 runs scored are the most for a Red Sox batter through 117 team games since Vern Stephens (108) and Dom DiMaggio (100), both in 1950. (The Red Sox scored a SHITTON of runs in 1950.)

J.D. Martinez passed 100 RBI in Game 117. The last Red Sox hitter to reach 100+ RBI this fast was David Ortiz in 2006 (July 30, in Game 102).

JDM's 35 home runs are the fifth-most by a Boston hitter in his first year with the club (Dick Stuart - 42 in 1963, Jimmie Foxx - 41 in 1936, Manny Ramirez - 41 in 2001, Tony Armas - 36 in 1983). And JDM still has 45 games to add to his total.

The only other Red Sox players to reach 35+ home runs in 117 team games are Jimmie Foxx in 1938, Manny Ramirez in 2001, and David Ortiz in 2006.

JDM leads MLB with 279 total bases (2.54 Bases/G). The last Red Sox hitter with more total bases through 117 team games was Jim Rice (285 in 1979).

FWIW: The Red Sox are 27-5 in day games, best in MLB. They have won 21 of their last 23 day games, including their last 11. The Red Sox also lead MLB in ERA (2.89) in day games.

Jere said...

I didn't see any of this one on TV. Was much made of the fact that we won 5-0--the same score from the first attempt of this game when it was called?

allan said...

I have no idea. I had it on mute at work.