|08.05.16 at 8:33 am ET|
The Red Sox will complete the final leg of their West Coast road trip with a three-game series vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles. To start the series on Friday night, the Sox will call upon knuckleballer Steven Wright with the Dodgers sending Scott Kazmir to the hill.
Wright is 12-5 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP. On Sunday, Wright pitched five innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits (all singles) and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Angels. Wright was able to keep the Angels off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when he gave up three runs. Wright has struggled in the fifth inning this year. In 19 2/3 fifth innings pitched he has allowed 14 runs.
Wright has never faced the Dodgers. Against the National League, Wright is 2-0 in four games (three starts) with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. Wright’s last interleague start came in May against Colorado. In that outing, Wright went seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned), seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
|08.05.16 at 3:08 am ET|
It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox got their split in Seattle.
Brock Holt’s single off the glove of diving shortstop Shawn O’Malley in the 11th inning drove in the go-ahead run and Brad Ziegler stranded a runner at third to save it as the Red Sox held on for a 3-2 victory that draws them even at 4-4 on their road trip as they move on to Los Angeles to close it out with three games against the Dodgers.
Holt, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Bryce Brentz in the seventh, won it after Travis Shaw led off the 11th with a single and was sacrificed to second. Holt’s grounder up the middle might not have scored Shaw, but O’Malley deflected it on the dive, slowing it down just enough to guarantee the run crossed home.
Until that point, it looked like another frustrating night for the Red Sox, who blew a 2-0 lead before advancing to extras.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, acquired to settle the back of the rotation, proved hard to hit but struggled to find the plate. He limited the Mariners to four hits, but still surrendered 10 baserunners by walking a career-high six. He departed after allowing two runs in six innings.
Missed opportunities have marked this road trip, and the Red Sox got an early start by loading the bases with one out in the first without scoring.
The Mariners returned the favor in the fourth when Pomeranz walked the bases loaded.
The Red Sox struck first on Shaw’s solo homer in the second. They pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Bryce Brentz and Mookie Betts.
|08.04.16 at 11:57 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the minors on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-54): L, 3-2, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— A second-inning RBI ground out proved to be the difference in the PawSox’ loss Wednesday night. After each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Twins added the aforementioned run in the second and proceeded to hold on the remainder of the game.
— In the final four innings alone, Pawtucket stranded nine men on base.
— PawSox starter Henry Owens went five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. He also allowed a first inning home run to Wilfredo Tovar. The 24-year-old lefty is now 6-6 this season with a 4.06 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Opposing batters are hitting .222 against him.
— Lead off hitter Rusney Castillo had a solid night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. The 29-year-old Cuban is hitting .247 in Pawtucket this season.
— Marco Hernandez, Chris Marrero and Chris Dominguez each had a pair of hits.
|08.04.16 at 8:24 am ET|
Thursday’s Red Sox-Mariners series finale will feature Drew Pomeranz vs. newly acquired M’s left-hander Ariel Miranda.
Pomeranz is 8-9 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP. Since being traded to the Red Sox from the Padres in July, Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA and a 1.674 WHIP in three starts. Last Saturday, Pomeranz pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a 9-8 loss to the Angels. With the Padres, Pomeranz only gave up five or more runs twice in 17 starts.
“The first [start with the Red Sox] wasn’t me, having a lot of time off and a lot of things going on,” Pomeranz said afterward. “Last one was more of myself, I feel like. And tonight I made a bad pitch to Pujols, walked a couple guys. But overall I felt like I did a decent job.”
In 11 career appearances (two starts) against the Mariners, Pomeranz has posted a 1.21 ERA and a 0.493 WHIP. Pomeranz last faced Seattle in a relief appearance last September, while a member of the Athletics. In one inning of work Pomeranz allowed one hit. The last time Pomeranz made a start against Seattle was in April of 2015. In that outing, the 27-year-old southpaw pitched seven strong innings, allowing no runs, only two hits and no walks with six strikeouts.
|08.04.16 at 7:00 am ET|
1. With Andrew Benintendi being promoted to the Red Sox this week, the next question is when will it be Yoan Moncada’s turn?
The two are a little different as Benintendi was a two-year college player, while Moncada just came to the United States from Cuba last year. The second baseman also needs to likely begin playing another position — which he already has started by getting pregame work at third base and in the outfield — so there will be some time before he’s in Boston, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen this year.
A likely scenario is Moncada gets promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in the very near future and then once major league rosters expand in September, Moncada could get his first taste of the big leagues. It’s also unlikely he gets any meaningful every day playing time, but the Red Sox could use his speed as a pinch-runner off the bench.
It’s worth mentioning president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked in Seattle this week about that being a possibility and he said he doubted it would work out that way, but it’s still over a month away and a lot can change between now and then.
It just wouldn’t make sense to have a player like Moncada and his speed not used to the Red Sox’ benefit.
The Red Sox were 11th in baseball in stolen bases going into Wednesday, stealing 63 bases and Moncada alone has 44 in 54 attempts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland this year. Last year he stole 49 bases in 81 games with Single-A Greenville.
As it stands now, Moncada has the most stolen bases at any level in the Red Sox’ organization this season and by a good margin as the next highest is Danny Mars’ 27 with High-A Salem.
“His first step is unbelievable on the bases and defensively,” Portland manager Carlos Febles said to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford of what makes him such a good base stealer in addition to pure speed. “He’s a beast.”
|08.04.16 at 1:43 am ET|
Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez went the Marshawn Lynch route with reporters in Seattle following a 3-1 loss to the Mariners when asked about his sprained left wrist.
“I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” Ramirez joked three times before turning serious on the subject of his wrist, which the team says he sprained after slipping on the dugout steps following Tuesday’s loss to the Mariners.
Ramirez, who reportedly sported a brace on Wednesday, reiterated the diagnosis of day-to-day and said he even hopes to play on Thursday, if the wrist will allow it.
“I’m just day to day,” he told reporters. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. If I feel good, I’ll be in the lineup.”
Asked what happened, Ramirez provided minimal detail.
“I just slipped,” he told reporters. “Going down the steps and I don’t know what happened . . . It’s never happened to me before. Just one step and I went down.”
He added that he doesn’t have much swelling, “but it’s just sore all the way around.”
Ramirez said that he received X-rays and an MRI, neither of which revealed any structural damage. So now he’s icing, receiving treatment, and hoping to rejoin the lineup as soon as possible.
“I want to be back in the lineup,” he said. “That’s what I’m here for. It’s no fun when you’re watching the game from the bench. It’s not me. I’ll go back and do whatever it takes to get ready.”
|08.04.16 at 12:41 am ET|
Andrew Benintendi is in the books.
The highly touted Red Sox rookie recorded the first hit of his career in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Mariners, lining an opposite-field single to left in the third. He later lined a broken-bat single to right to complete a 2-for-3 night.
“It felt good to get it out of the way,” Benintendi told reporters in Seattle. “I don’t really know how to explain it. Just one of those things you dream about your entire life. Got to first base, and it kind of set in. it was really exciting.”
Benintendi left 18 tickets for family and friends on hand from his hometown of Cincinnati, and they cheered each hit wildly. His parents, who are flying home on Thursday, will take the ball from his first hit with them.
“That was really good,” he told reporters. “Some of them flew up this morning, and they’re flying out tonight, so I’ve had a support system like that my entire life, whether it be high school or college, I’m really not surprised they made the long trip out here from Cincinnati and I’m grateful that they did.”
The young outfielder, who jumped straight from Double-A on Tuesday, drew the first start of his career after going 0-for-2 as a substitute in Tuesday’s loss.
That game ended with Benintendi striking out on three pitches. This one ended with Benintendi on deck, hoping Sandy Leon could reach and perhaps load the bases with two outs in the ninth.
It was not meant to be, but at least Benintendi can now say he has gotten his first hit out of the way.
|08.04.16 at 12:33 am ET|
The Red Sox have relied on Rick Porcello to be their stopper all season. He tried to fill that role on Wednesday night, but the offense didn’t come close to helping him.
Porcello allowed three solo homers — matching the number of long balls he had allowed in his previous 10 starts combined — and Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma stymied the Red Sox in a 3-1 loss.
Porcello delivered a solid outing, but fell to 14-3 anyway. He limited the Mariners to just three hits in his first seven innings, but all three of them left the park in the form of homers by Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, and Adam Lind.
On the other side, the Red Sox did nothing with Iwakuma, who limited them to five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Their best chance of scoring off him came in the eighth, when shortstop Xander Bogaerts flew out to the left field fence with two on and two out.
The offensive highlight was the first hit of Andrew Benintendi’s career, a sharp single sliced to left in the third while a sizable contingent of family and friends cheered from the stands. He later added another single to finish 2-for-3.
The Red Sox tried to make things interesting in the ninth, plating a run against closer Edwin Diaz, who was wild, but induced Sandy Leon to ground sharply to Robinson Cano in short right field to end it.
The loss particularly hurt because the Blue Jays and Orioles prevailed, leaving the Red Sox three games out in the American League East. Even more disconcerting: the red-hot Tigers beat the White Sox for their eight straight win, vaulting the Red Sox by a half game in the wild card race.
For the first time since April 25, if the season ended today, the Red Sox would miss the playoffs.
|08.03.16 at 9:28 pm ET|
Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez is day-to-day with a sprained wrist after tests on Wednesday revealed no breaks or structural damage.
Ramirez injured his wrist while slipping down the dugout stairs following Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Mariners. He reached for the railing to break his fall and suffered the injury, according to the team. Manager John Farrell told reporters in Seattle that Ramirez is not expected to need a stint on the disabled list.
“After all the images were performed, X-Ray, MRI, structurally, he’s sound,” Farrell told reporters before the Red Sox faced the Mariners. “He’s got some soreness in there and he’s day to day. We’d expect it to be a couple of days at least, but he went down in here pretty hard last night and he broke his fall with reaching back. We wanted to be a sure we had a full exam that included all that imaging before we made any kind of comment. Structurally sound, still sore.”
Ramirez’s injury could impact designated hitter David Ortiz. Farrell initially said Ortiz wouldn’t play any first base in National League parks, but with the Red Sox visiting the Dodgers this weekend, he may have to alter that stance.
“That’s something I’ve got to talk further with David now after we’ve gotten the information on Hanley. I’ve yet to have that [conversation],” Farrell told reporters. “Any feedback there will be factored in. Not closing the door on it, but we want to at least explore it with David and see where he’s at in addition to recommendations by our medical staff.”
With Ramirez sidelined, Travis Shaw becomes the primary first baseman, backed up by infielder Aaron Hill and utilityman Brock Holt.
In any event, the hope is that Ramirez returns quickly.
“He’s not a DL candidate at this point,” Farrell told reporters. “So we’re going to give it every opportunity for him to get back in the lineup. That’s where we are on the roster.”
|08.03.16 at 7:39 pm ET|
Lots happening with the Red Sox lineup before Wednesday’s game against the Mariners:
— First baseman Hanley Ramirez is out, replaced by Travis Shaw, with Aaron Hill taking Shaw’s spot at third base. Ramirez injured his wrist while breaking a fall after Tuesday’s loss, and there’s still no word on the severity of his injury.
— Dustin Pedroia is getting a night off at second base, replaced by Brock Holt. Pedroia has been a warrior this year, appearing in all but two of the team’s 105 games. He recently saw his streak of reaching base safely end at 34 games.
— Prospect Andrew Benintendi makes his first big league start. He’ll bat ninth and play left against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. He debuted in Tuesday’s loss, grounding out in his first at-bat, and then striking out on three pitches to end it.
Here’s the rest of the lineup, with right-hander Rick Porcello looking to improve to 15-2. Click here for matchups.
Mookie Betts RF
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
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