September 9, 2018

G144: Red Sox 6, Astros 5

Astros  - 010 004 000 - 5 11  0
Red Sox - 101 030 001 - 6 14  1
Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts set the table in the bottom of the ninth with singles off Hector Rondon before Mitch Moreland won the game with a two-out hit to left field.

In the fifth, a successful Red Sox challenge to a call allowed the inning to continue and J.D. Martinez belted his 40th home run of the year, a three-run job.

JDM drove in four of Boston's six runs. Bogaerts went 4-for-4, with a walk. Mookie Betts scored three runs.

The bullpen continued to have issues as Heath Hembree, in relief of Rick Porcello (5.2-7-4-1-6, 95) allowed two inherited runners to score. Also in that inning, Brian Johnson allowed an inherited runner to score.

Earlier on Sunday, the Mariners beat the Yankees 3-2.

The deciding run scored in the eighth off Dellin Betances as Mitch Haniger walked, stole second, was bunted to third and scored on a fielder's choice. The Yankees' lead over the Athletics in the wild card standings was cut to 2.5.
Dallas Keuchel / Rick Porcello
Betts, CF
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Pearce, 1B
Kinsler, 2B
Phillips, 3B
Nuñez, DH
Leon, C
In the first two games of the series, the Red Sox were 4-for-22 (.182) with runners at second and/or third.

Mookie Betts is the second player in Red Sox history to record four straight seasons with 40+ doubles. Wade Boggs had seven consecutive seasons (1985-91). writers David Adler and Daniel Kramer pick the best season in every team's history. Here are the first five words of their entry for the 1912 Red Sox: "The Curse of the Bambino". As another long-time Red Sox blogger would say: Terrible job.

When the Red Sox score 0-3 runs: 12-32
When the Red Sox score 4+ runs: 85-14

The Red Sox are 97-46 with 19 games remaining. The 1912 team holds the franchise's win record: 105-47-2.
9-10: Minimum record needed to set a new franchise record for wins
9-2: Minimum record needed in next 11 games to set a new franchise record for wins in 154 games


Dr. Jeff said...

Horrible play by Marwin Gonzalez in left field. With the runners going, you either catch it or it's game over. To have it drop that close to him without a diving attempt to catch it is surprising. Actually it kind of reminds of of that guy CARL CRAWFORD (still have bad memories of that guy....didn't one season end with him not catching a ball in left?

Noah said...