September 22, 2020

G55: Red Sox 8, Orioles 3

Orioles - 100 002 000 - 3 11  3 
Red Sox - 031 004 00x - 8 14  2 
Nick Pivetta (5-4-1-3-8, 96) brushed aside an early run and Christian Vázquez belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning, after the Orioles had cut the Red Sox's lead to 4-3.

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5, with two doubles, and Bobby Dalbec (2-for-3) drove in two runs. Alex Verdugo, Jackie Bradley and Jonathan Araúz also had two hits each. The only Boston batter to go hitless was Rafael Devers, who went 0-for-5, with four strikeouts, and committed his 13th error at third base.

Baltimore made two errors in the second inning, helping the Red Sox take a 3-1 lead. Vázquez reached on a error, went to second on Bradley's single, and scored on Dalbec's double. That tied the game at 1-1. JBJ scored on Michael Chavis's sac fly and Dalbec scored on an error by Orioles left fielder DJ Stewart. Singles by Xander Bogaerts and Bradley and Dalbec's single to center gave Boston a 4-1 lead.

Renato Nunez homered off Marcus Walden to start the sixth. Stewart singled and Boston's left fielder (Chavis) made an error. Walden got a double play, but then gave up a run-scoring double to Rio Ruiz.

Araúz walked in the bottom of the sixth against Paul Fry, who threw a wild pitch before fanning Verdugo and Devers. Evan Phillips relieved Fry, but that was clearly a mistake for the Birds. Bogaerts walked on four pitches, Martinez singled to right for one run, and Váz donged to left-center for three more.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the ninth against Dylan Covey (two singles and a walk). Matt Barnes took over and retired Pedro Severino on a 1-1 fastball, which was popped up in foul territory to Dalbec at first.
Keegan Akin / Nick Pivetta

Verdugo, RF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, DH
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
Dalbec, 1B
Chavis, LF
Araúz, 2B 

Nick Pivetta (a native of Vancouver Island) will be the 47th Red Sox player to appear in a game this year. The 2019 Red Sox also used 47 players, though in 107 more games.

Pivetta will be the 28th player to make his Red Sox debut this season. That would be the most in a Red Sox season since 2006 (32). Six players have made their MLB debut with Boston in 2020.

Pivetta also will be the Red Sox's 16th starting pitcher this season. That sum leads the majors and is tied for the second-most in franchise history. The 1909 and 1952 teams used 18 starting pitchers (in 152 and 154 games, respectively).

Red Sox starting pitchers have pitched at least five innings and allowed no earned runs in four of the last six games, after doing so only once in the season's first 48 games.

Bobby Dalbec's seven home runs in his first 17 career games is tied with George Scott (1966) and Sam Horn (1987) for the Red Sox record. The Boomer holds the club's record for most taters in his first 18 career games, with nine. In his last 12 games, Dalbec has a 1.187 OPS.

Alex Speier (Globe): "Roenicke says Eduardo Rodriguez is still being evaluated. Offseason program 'may still be weeks away.' He hasn't yet been cleared for physical activity. Despite that, Roenicke says Sox still expect Rodriguez to be available/healthy next season."

1 comment:

betterthanthealternative said...

This year's team can't even competently get a top 2 draft pick. Stop winning games!