|Jackie Bradley Jr. ‘actually getting the results’ with record-breaking day capping huge week||08.15.15 at 6:19 pm ET|
Last Saturday Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was batting just .121 over 24 games in the majors this season. Fast forward to following Saturday’s game, the 25-year-old is now up to .250 — a .129 increase in a week.
Bradley Jr. knows what struggling is like more than anyone as after being considered one of the best center fielder’s in baseball, he’s spent virtually the entire season in Triple-A because he’s had difficulty hitting major league pitching.
“You’re going to struggle. You’re going to have struggles,” Bradley Jr. said. “The ones who come out of it and continue to press on are the ones who play the game for a long time. From watching guys like Papi, Pedroia, guys from other teams as well — we all struggle and thankful that I was able to play today.”
He set a Red Sox team-record with five extra-base hits in the game and is only one of two major league players to ever have five extra-base hits at the age of 25 or younger. The other? Larry Twitchell 126 years ago — Aug. 15, 1889.
The South Carolina product is currently on a five-game hit streak where he’s batting .591, slugging 1.364 with 13 RBIs, three home runs and nine extra-base hits.
To put things in perspective, prior to last weekend he had just one extra-base hit on the season and four RBIs.
Bradley Jr. has performed in Triple-A, being named to the International League All-Star team this year and slashing .305/.382/.472, but he just couldn’t get anything going in the limited major league experience he’s been able to have.
What has been the biggest difference this time around after getting called up July 29?
“Actually getting the results,” he said. “Hitting balls hard and having something to show for it. As cliche as it sounds, when you hit the ball hard, you want something to show for it. It’s finally showing.”
|Closing Time: Led by 4 home runs, 26 hits, Red Sox rout Felix Hernandez, Mariners||08.15.15 at 4:56 pm ET|
Facing former Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star Felix Hernandez without Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Dustin Pedroia on paper seemed like a pretty daunting task, but that couldn’t have been anymore wrong.
The Red Sox roughed Hernandez up for 10 runs in just 2 1/3 innings, as the Red Sox rolled to a 22-10 win over the Mariners. They’ve now combined to score 37 in the two games so far in the series, which is roughly 45 percent of the 82 total runs they scored in May.
They also finished with 26 hits, which were a season-high. It was the second straight game where they’ve set a season-high in hits as they had 21 Friday night.
“I wish I could tell you. I wish I knew,” acting manager Torey Lovullo said of the offensive outburst. “It’s just a bunch of guys going up having a great approach, not missing their pitch. We’re having some really, really loud contact throughout the course of this game and throughout the course of yesterday’s game. Against arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. There was no let up by us. I think our guys are very focused. They’re very determined.
“Let me tell you, when you get into a game in the eighth or ninth inning and you have to face a position player, usually your focus kind of goes backwards and everybody laughs and jokes. Just to shoo you where this team is at, what they feel about themselves, they go up and execute against [Mariner’s catcher Jesus Sucre] in the eighth inning and didn’t give away one at-bat. A lot of things happened today, that’s something that I’m most proud of.”
After failing to score in the first inning, they scored five runs in each of the next two innings to chase Hernandez from the game.
The five second inning runs were highlighted by a solo homer from Pablo Sandoval and then a two-run blast for Jackie Bradley Jr. — both to almost the exact same spot in center field. In the third, Alejandro De Aza ripped a two-run homer to right field and they scored two more on a Brock Holt double.
Hernandez’s final line read: 2.1 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. It was a career-high in earned runs, tied a career-high in runs and was the third-shortest start of his career.
The Red Sox batted around four times in the first four innings and added four more runs in the sixth inning when the first four batters of the inning reached, highlighted by a Bradley Jr. double.
They also added four more in the seventh, once again keyed by Bradley Jr — and another three in the eighth as Bradley Jr. hit his second homer of the day.
Bradley Jr. was the biggest offense star, as he went 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. He now has a five-game hit streak where he’s batting .591 with nine extra-base hits. It was his first career four-hit game. He’s raised his average .129 in a week.
Red Sox starter Wade Miley was solid, as the left-hander went seven innings allowing two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out eight. It was his 13th quality start, which leads the Red Sox.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win:
|Pablo Sandoval X-rays on right elbow negative after leaving game||08.15.15 at 3:02 pm ET|
Although the Red Sox roughed up Felix Hernandez for 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings, it wasn’t all good news.
After hitting a two-run homer in the second inning, Pablo Sandoval was hit in the right elbow with a Hernandez fastball in his next at-bat. Although the third baseman stayed in the game and scored on Alejandro De Aza’s home run, he left the game before the Red Sox took the field for the top of the fourth.
The Red Sox called it a right elbow contusion and acting manager Torey Lovullo said the X-rays came back negative. He’s day-to-day.
Josh Rutledge took his place in the order and played second base, while Brock Holt shifted over to the third base.
Sandoval’s homer was his 10th of the season.
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|John Farrell keeping sense of humor after cancer diagnosis; New bench coach ‘imminent’||08.15.15 at 12:06 pm ET|
Farrell was with general manager Ben Cherington, assistant general manager Mike Hazen and the coaching staff putting a plan in place for while he’s gone.
Farrell will begin chemotherapy early next week.
“Any time we get to see a big smile on his face it makes us all happy,” Lovullo said. “He’s in his his office right now being himself, having a good time and just touching base and staying connected to everybody. The feedback was that it took him getting out of the dugout for us to score that many runs yesterday. He had some humor to that, which we all appreciated through this tough moment.”
With Lovullo, the former bench coach, now acting as manager the team will be bringing in a bench coach as soon as possible, as the organization is currently deciding who that will be.
“It’s something we’re talking about right now,” Lovullo said. “We’ve been working through that with Ben [Cherington] and John [Farrell]. We’re just throwing some names around and we certainly want to have somebody on the bench. That is imminent. Who that is at this point, we’re not sure. We’re going to try and do that as soon as possible.”
|Red Sox injury updates: Hanley Ramirez ‘progressing'; Rusney Castillo getting left foot examined||08.15.15 at 11:52 am ET|
Although he’s out of the lineup for the sixth straight game after fouling a pitch off his foot on the road trip, he is “progressing.”
“Hanley Ramirez is progressing and doing well,” acting manager Torey Lovullo said. “Still feeling a little discomfort with that contusion. Like I said yesterday, we’re going to do right by these players and make sure their work up will allow them to play and participate at full speed without any limitations.”
— Rusney Castillo left Friday’s game after fouling a pitch off his left foot. It was announced as a left foot contusion and he is being examined Saturday morning for further information.
“Hope for good news,” Lovullo said.
— Starter Steven Wright was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after taking a flyball to the back of the neck during batting practice in Miami. Garin Cecchini will take his place on the roster. Lovullo said he could see time in left field or first base in a reserve role.
— With Wright being unavailable Monday, Matt Barnes was scratched from his start with Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday and will start Monday against the Indians. He recently switched back from being a reliever, but he’s been stretched out to 90 pitches.
“We thought about a couple options as far as the rotation moving forward,” Lovullo said. “We wanted to split up our lefties so we didn’t push anyone around, we kept everyone in line. He’s going to slot in there for us on Monday.”
Barnes was drafted as a starter in the first-round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Connecticut. Although he’s spent much of the last year or so as a reliever, the Red Sox have always viewed him as a starter.
“He’s been a proven starter at the minor league level,” Lovullo said. “Player development has recommended that this is a guy who could be a very qualified major league starting pitcher. Out of necessity we needed to move him to the bullpen. I think as young player go we all look them in different ways and when you have the stuff that he has you try and get him to the big leagues and contribute in whatever gap he can fill.
“In this case it was as a reliever for a period of time, but we’ve always viewed him as starter so we’re going to get him up here and we’re anxious to see what he can give us.”
|Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo, Hanley Ramirez out vs. Mariners||08.15.15 at 10:31 am ET|
Hanley Ramirez will miss his sixth straight game with a left foot injury, while Rusney Castillo is out after leaving Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his left foot.
The Red Sox outfield will have Alejandro De Aza in left, Mookie Betts in center and Jackie Bradley Jr. in right as they go up against Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Wade Miley, LHP
|Cancer survivor Jon Lester reaches out to former manager John Farrell: ‘He’s in good hands’||08.15.15 at 1:28 am ET|
Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma in August of 2006, while Farrell revealed Friday he has stage 1 lymphoma.
“I talked to him a little bit already,” Lester said to reporters in Chicago. “It was good. He seems pretty positive. Everything seems pretty positive, so that’s good.”
The former Red Sox pitcher was treated in Boston just under 10 years ago, so he has a good idea of the doctors and what treatment may be like.
“He’s in a good place for it,” Lester said of the medical care he will receive both from the Red Sox and at Mass General. “Obviously, it’s one of the better places, if not the best place in the country to be [to get treatment] if you do have cancer. He’s in good hands. I know those doctors pretty well. It seems like he’s doing well.”
Lester said it’s nothing you can prepare for.
“It’s one of those things you have to just ride out,” he said. “You have to do what the doctors tell you to do. I don’t know the details of what he’ll be going through or anything like that. I don’t know the type. I just know it’s lymphoma — it can be a million different things. It sounded pretty curable, it sounded pretty positive from what I read and what I saw. That’s the most important thing. I don’t think you can ever prepare for a situation like that. You just have to kind of grind through it.”
Farrell was Lester’s pitching coach before being his manager for two years and Lester is joining the entire Red Sox organization and baseball world in believing Farrell will get through it.
“I don’t really think you give John too much advice,” Lester said. “If you know John, he’s pretty strong-willed. I would imagine he’ll be fine. I’m sure it’s a little bit of a blow for his family. I’m sure he’ll be fine through this whole process.”
Great win today but heavy hearted after learning about John Farrell. Thoughts and prayers going out to the Farrell fam. You got this buddy!
‘ Jon Lester (@JLester34) August 15, 2015
|Torey Lovullo details emotional day, how he will communicate with John Farrell||08.15.15 at 12:10 am ET|
It was a difficult game for everyone in the Red Sox organization.
Although the Red Sox blew out the Mariners 15-1 Friday night, that wasn’t the story — the story was their manager John Farrell announcing to the team and the world that he has stage one lymphoma and he will not manage the rest of the season.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over.
Lovullo, one of Farrell’s closest friends, was misty-eyed when he spoke for the first time following the game.
“We as group have been walking around with a heavy heart today,” Lovullo said. “Our leader, our friend and our manager shared some pretty devastating news with us today. We had just about every emotion you possibly can. It was capped off with a lot of excitement in the dugout. These guys did that for John. They went out played hard and with a ton of energy for John.”
The 50-year-old said Farrell told him Thursday night and was able to help him process the news. Lovullo said he didn’t sleep much Thursday night and then Farrell told the team on Friday. His overriding message was he will take care of his business and the team should take care of theirs on the field.
“Something that I’ll never forget. You hear those words — those three words and they shock you for a moment,” Lovullo said. “Seem to put everything in perspective. You set aside the wins and losses. Like I said, my friend, our manager, our leader is struggling. You can never get used to hearing those words. He stood up before the guys, composed himself and said, ‘This is my story. I don’t want to be the story. I don’t want to be a distraction.’ That’s just a classic John Farrell moment — make it about the guys.
“That’s kind of what his message was today. You got and do this — I’ll take care of my business, you take care of your’s. That was the basic idea.”
|Red Sox release statement regarding John Farrell||08.14.15 at 11:50 pm ET|
Following manager John Farrell‘s announcement of having stage one lymphoma, the team released a statement late Friday night. It reads:
Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family at this time.
We are heartened by the news that this form of cancer is highly treatable and by the knowledge that the quality of care he will be receiving is second to none.
We also know that John and his family are comforted by the outpouring of love and support coming from the entire Red Sox community.
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|Closing Time: Red Sox offense catches fire in rout of Mariners||08.14.15 at 10:43 pm ET|
After averaging 5.9 runs a game during their last homestand, the Red Sox offense picked up where they left off — and then some.
Led by the middle of their order, the Red Sox rolled to a 15-1 win over the Mariners. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and the 15 runs were a season-high.
The Red Sox scored early and often, led by a six-run third inning to take a 9-1 lead at the time.
Rusney Castillo hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Travis Shaw hit a two-run home run in the third inning as the two big hits to get things started.
Shaw would later add a solo homer to lead off the eighth for his second multi-homer game of the season — his last coming August 1.
Brock Holt had a two-run triple in the third plating the eighth and ninth runs, while Mookie Betts added an RBI triple in the fifth. As a team they had 11 extra-base hits and 21 hits overall, which are also a season-high.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and has now hit safely in four straight games. Pablo Sandoval also had a three-hit night, including two doubles.
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly struggled early on, allowing a run while throwing 31 pitches in the first inning, but settled down nicely and even made it through six innings.
The right-hander went six innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking two and striking out six. He’s now won three games in a row for the first time since the very end of last season.
Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth before Jean Machi threw a scoreless ninth.
Betts also made a tremendous leaping catch against the Green Monster in left-center to end the third inning robbing Robinson Cano of extra bases.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
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