September 23, 2020

G56: Red Sox 9, Orioles 1

Orioles - 000 000 100 - 1 11  0
Red Sox - 206 000 10x - 9 10  0
The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate in the third, having their way with Dean Kremer (2.2-7-7-3-2, 64) and reliever Branden Kline, scoring six times.

Jackie Bradley and Kevin Plawecki (3-for-4) had run-scoring singles in the first inning, but the fun really started two innings later.

Bogaerts singled to left and scored on J.D. Martinez's double off the Wall (3-0). JDM went to third on JBJ's fly to right. Plawecki tripled to right (4-0). Bobby Dalbec grounded to third and Plawecki was put out at the plate. Michael Chavis doubled, scoring Dalbec (5-0). Christian Arroyo walked.

Kremer was sent away and Kline took over. Verdugo walked, loading the bases. Devers smoked a double into the right-field corner, clearing the sacks (8-0). 

In his final start of the season, Nathan Eovaldi threw six shutout innings (6-7-0-1-8, 92).

The Rays clinched the AL East, for the first time since 2010.

Juan Toribio,

The team started 5-7 and lost five key pitchers to season-ending injuries. At one point, the Rays had 10 pitchers on the injured list, the most of any team in the Majors. They also dealt with injuries to Yandy Díaz, Ji-Man Choi and Austin Meadows, who are integral pieces to the offense.

After that poor start, Tampa Bay has gone 32-13 (.711), a 115-win pace.

The Blue Jays scored eight runs in a 12-batter sixth inning, en route to a 14-1 rout of the Yankees. New York managed only four hits and committed four errors (two by Gary Maniloaf).
Dean Kremer / Nathan Eovaldi

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

Nathan Eovaldi has allowed only two runs in his last 3 starts (15-10-2-1-17), a game on August 20 against Baltimore and two starts since coming off the IL (Rays and Marlins).

Eovaldi has a 2.92 ERA this season, if we ignore his super-shitty outing against the MFY on August 15; otherwise, it's 4.25.  . . . His 7.33 K/BB ratio (44 strikeouts, six walks) ranks seventh in MLB and is the best mark of his career.

Bobby Dalbec (.348/.423/.804 in his last 13 games) is the eighth Red Sox player to have 10+ extra-base hits in 18 career games or fewer, joining Ted Williams (1939), Ted Lepcio (1952), George Scott (1966), Ellis Burks (1987), Sam Horn (1987), Will Middlebrooks (2012), and Rafael Devers (2017).

Horn and Scott each had 12 extra-base hits in their first 18 games; Middlebrooks had 11.

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