|Closing Time: Joe Kelly, Red Sox relievers roughed up in loss to White Sox||07.27.15 at 11:06 pm ET|
It certainly wasn’t the best played game, but at least it provided some mild entertainment.
After three lead changes and three ties, the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox, 10-8 Monday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox now haven’t won two straight games since their seven-game win streak ended July 8.
With the game tied at seven in the seventh, the White Sox scored two runs off Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. He had allowed a run in the sixth as well, as he finished allowing three runs over two innings of work to take the loss.
Tommy Layne allowed another White Sox run in the ninth. The Red Sox scored one run in the ninth — a Pablo Sandoval single — to make it a two-run game, but that was all they could get as they had the tying run on first base.
Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped into the batters box. Joe Kelly allowed four first inning runs, as the first six batters of the reach reached base, including three extra-base hits (back-to-back triples) to open the game.
The Red Sox battled back and tied the game at four after two innings. David Ortiz hit another home run in the first inning, a two-run shot (his third in two games) and then Jemile Weeks and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.
Kelly allowed another run in the third inning, which would ultimately be his last, as the right-hander went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. It was the second time in his last three starts where he failed to make it out of the fourth inning.
“Rough outing,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of elevated pitches in the strike zone. There were strikes, but the command within the strike zone was lacking. A lot of hard contact early. We come right back after a couple of innings and tie things up. We’re going through the third time and it was time to make a move to the bullpen. Bottom line in this game, we couldn’t put up enough zeros.”
But once again the Red Sox fought back, taking the lead in the fourth inning. Betts had an infield single and they scored another when third baseman Tyler Saladino booted a Hanley Ramirez grounder.
Craig Breslow allowed a run in his only inning of relief of Kelly, which allowed the White Sox to tie the game at six at the time. The teams then traded runs, as the Red Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth and the White Sox scored a run off Ross Jr. in the sixth making it a 7-7 game until Ross allowed the two seventh inning runs.
The two teams also combined for three errors.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
Back on May 27, David Ortiz was batting .216 with six home runs and 18 RBIs and the designated hitter was benched for the first two games of a series in Texas with the hope of finding his swing.
Even with some people in and around the game doubting him, Ortiz has figured things out and is looking like the player many expected to see going into the season.
Following the left-handed slugger’s 4-for-5, two homer, career-high seven-RBI performance against the Tigers Sunday night, his average is up to .243 and he’s hit 19 home runs and has 54 RBIs this season.
Since those two games down, he’s batting .269 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs over 46 games.
Manager John Farrell had no doubt at the time Ortiz would return to his usual self.
“No, personally there was no doubt because while some might suggest — because of his age there were a lot of comments around decreased bat speed. We didn’t see that,” he said. “It was more timing and getting his front foot on the ground a little more consistently. He’s hit left-handers better of late as well, but no, there was no concern that he at the end of the year when you look back, his numbers would be close to where they’ve been year in and year out.”
While his numbers have gotten much better of late, Ortiz said he doesn’t put much stock in them. He says it’s all about winning.
“I don’t really worry about my numbers. I worry about winning,” Ortiz said. “I worry about being able to walk out with a ‘W.’ That doesn’t just go for me, it goes for everybody in this room. It doesn’t matter if I go deep every night. If we end up not winning, who cares? The one thing that we always look for is having somebody doing something different every night to win ball games. Hopefully this thing carries over to tomorrow and the couple months that we have left.”
|David Ortiz drives in 7, thanks Pedro Martinez: ‘The most unbelievable human being I have been around’||at 12:53 am ET|
Hours after the Red Sox pitching great was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ortiz, inspired by a 30-minute bilingual speech from Martinez, drove in a career-high seven runs, belted two three-run homers, scored three runs and went 4-for-5 in an 11-1 pasting of the Tigers at Fenway Park.
“I was very emotional today looking at the induction,” Ortiz said. “It’s something that was remarkable. You never know what is going to pop out. Pedro, I got tears coming out when I saw Pedro talking because I know the man. I know everything that he went through in his career. I used to see that with Pedro after games. He starts telling me stories about things. All the stories he used to tell me made me a better human being, made me a better player. He was good. He wrote a book about it.
“He let it fly during the speech because for a lot of people, I know some of the fans, fans that don’t follow him. They thought that Pedro was as crazy as he looks sometimes when he was pitching. Pedro was the most unbelievable human being I have been around. Pedro is a Christian man. He is a man that thanks God every single minute of his life. Just watching during the speech, there was no doubt about the human being that I know that was out there letting people know how the game gets to be played.”
The magnitude of the night wasn’t lost on Ortiz’s manager, John Farrell.
“Maybe it’s somewhat fitting for Boston baseball today, with Pedro’s induction and then David with the seven RBI’s as he climbs up higher on that [career] list,” Farrell said.
Ortiz has struggled this season, as has the team. But on a night like Sunday, Ortiz could only imagine what Martinez would be doing to him in the dugout.
“He’d be hugging me all night,” Ortiz said. “Pedro, man, I’m telling you, he’s special. He’s somebody I always love having around because Pedro is nothing but positive stuff coming out. I’m pretty sure everybody in New England enjoyed his induction today.”
|Closing Time: David Ortiz (career-high 7 RBIs), Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox over Tigers||07.26.15 at 11:23 pm ET|
After scoring just three runs in the first two games of the series and averaging 1.77 runs a game since the All-Star break, it was a matter of time before the Red Sox offense exploded.
Led by David Ortiz‘s two home runs and career-high seven RBIs, the Red Sox beat the Tigers 11-1 Sunday night at Fenway Park. As a team, the Red Sox finished with a season-high 20 hits with every member of the starting lineup recording one.
With the game tied at one in fifth, Ortiz crushed a Shane Greene offering over the Tigers bullpen for a three-run homer, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead at the time. Ortiz added another homer in the seventh, this one over the Green Monster for another three-run homer. It was his first multi-home run game of the season and 48th of his career.
Ortiz finished the game 4-for-5 with seven RBIs. The seven RBIs were a career-high and he became the first Red Sox player to have seven RBIs in a game since Will Middlebrooks last September.
“Big night for David, big night for us offensively overall,” manager John Farrell said. “But, David was all over the baseball. Two beautiful swings on those two, three-run homers. Maybe it’s somewhat fitting for Boston baseball today with Pedro’s induction and then David with the seven RBIs as he climbs up higher on that list. Good to see him swing the bat like he did.
“Once again, Bogey all over the baseball. Just a good night offensively.”
The Red Sox scored a total of four times in the fifth, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Mike Napoli had RBI hits in both the fifth and sixth. The first baseman has reached base in nine straight games and over his last seven games he’s batting .429.
The impressive offensive showing took some of the spotlight off Eduardo Rodriguez, who bounced back nicely after a tough outing last Monday against the Angels where he allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Ortiz, like everyone else in the baseball world, watched Sunday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“Pedro was special,” Ortiz said. “Unbelievable competitor. Best stuff I’ve ever seen in a pitcher and the most important thing, an incredible human being. I think a lot of people misjudge Pedro because of the way he was goes about his business. Besides that, Pedro is a very Christian person and person that has much love for everyone. I don’t think you can be around a better human being than what he is. I was watching the whole thing and it was very emotional. It was I was expecting.”
In seven seasons with the Red Sox, Martinez was 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.978 WHIP in 201 starts. Ortiz knew even then he would one day be in the Hall of Fame.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I think Pedro was going to be a Hall of Famer at some point because his numbers, they were ridiculous. … His winning percentage and the way he carried himself was something you only see in Hall of Famers.”
Martinez is only the second player from the Dominican Republic to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ortiz, who is also from the Dominican, said it shows just how hard getting into the Hall of Fame is.
“I can remember Victorino asked me, ‘Man, it’s crazy, all the great players we have in the Domincan, there’s only two Hall of Famers.’ I’ve never thought about that,” Ortiz said. “Victorino told me and I told Victorino, ‘That’s how good of a player — you need to achieve some good numbers to get into the Hall of Fame. Getting into the Hall of Fame isn’t an easy thing to do. It doesn’t matter if you were one of the best players of you’re era. You still need to stack up numbers.”
With the Hall of Fame being discussed, Ortiz was asked if he had given thought of himself getting in as a designated hitter. As expected, Ortiz didn’t have much to say.
“I don’t know. I don’t vote,” he said.
|Closing Time: Rough day from mound as Red Sox fall to Tigers, 5-1||07.25.15 at 7:02 pm ET|
Time and time again manager John Farrell speaks of the team’s success starting from the mound and after one of the best starts in quite some time Friday from Rick Porcello, things returned to the norm Saturday.
Red Sox starter Steven Wright dug the team a 4-0 hole and the offense couldn’t come close to picking up the slack as the Sox fell to the Tigers 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. It was their 10th loss in the last 12 games.
The dependable Wright had his second-to-worst start of the season, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking two and striking out four in just 4 1/3 innings. The biggest issue was he couldn’t control his knuckleball, leading to four passed balls for catcher Blake Swihart.
Wright allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning, which gave the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead followed by another run in the second and adding two more in the fourth.
“I thought he had some decent violence to the pitch,” Farrell said of Wright. “Then there were a few that he left up in the strike zone, particularly to Cespedes and [Jose] Iglesias for two of the extra base hits. Where Blake has handled him relatively cleanly in his previous starts, he had difficulty with receiving him clean today, which allowed [runners] to advance 90 feet on a couple of occasions. Felt like where we were in the order in the fifth inning, needed to try and get a ground ball double play and Ramirez gets out of the inning with no further damage, but probably not as consistent of a knuckleball we’ve seen from Steven previously.”
The Red Sox offense couldn’t do much against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, as the right-hander went 6+ innings, allowing one run on seven hits before leaving with an injury during the first at-bat of the seventh inning. It was his first quality start in seven starts.
Mookie Betts got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, scoring Swihart, who had tripled.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
|Dustin Pedroia out of lineup with sore hamstring, David Ortiz scheduled off day||07.24.15 at 4:42 pm ET|
Pedroia (hamstring) returned from the disabled list last Friday after the All-Star break and played in six games on the road trip, but Friday will be his second straight game missed. The second baseman has gone 1-for-22 since his return.
Thursday was a scheduled off day, but Friday he felt some soreness in the hamstring.
“He’s still feeling a little bit in the hamstring,” manager John Farrell said. “Yesterday was a planned off-day. Coming out of that, he still feels some of the same symptoms, not to the severity obviously that he went on the DL with, but there’s still a little bit or soreness in the hamstring and we’re being cautious right now.”
For Ortiz, who played in all seven games of the road trip, it’s a scheduled off day. He hit .259 on the trip. The designated hitter is a career .370 hitter against Friday’s Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
“David’s a little bit sore, but this is a scheduled off-day as we’ve rotated other guys through as well,” Farrell said.
The team flew back from Houston earlier in the day Friday, landing in Boston at 1:30 and getting to Fenway Park around 2:25. It’s a much different feel from the last time they were home. Prior to the All-Star break the team entered the series against the Yankees only five games out in the division.
Now, following dropping nine of their last 10 games, they are a season-high 12 games out in the AL East.
“This has been a frustrating and disappointing road trip that we’ve come off of,” Farrell said. “We assembled and reassembled back coming out of the All-Star break in Anaheim optimistic, energized. We ran into a hot team. We didn’t make a couple of pitches in some key spots. Opportunities we didn’t cash in on.
“Ultimately the record is what it is on this road trip. That’s been extremely disappointing. There’s frustration. I think if you’re looking for tangible signs of how the competitiveness is still there, that was evident last night in that game where we take the lead, we give it back, we come right back and tie it. There’s no lack of fight, and yet, the wins have not been there.”
|Red Sox-Astros series preview||07.21.15 at 1:42 pm ET|
The Red Sox head into the last three games of their seven-game road trip following the All-Star break with nothing but bad feelings and a growing suspicion that October baseball may be pipe dream.
Fresh off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Angels, the Sox are in disarray. For the series, they were outscored 22-4 as Angels starters put up a 0.93 ERA. Meanwhile their own starters could only muster a 7.23 mark. The Red Sox never led in the series and the top two in their batting order, Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia, were utterly silenced, combining to go 0-for-30 in the four games.
The Red Sox now sit at 42-51, which ties them with the Mariners for the worst record in the AL and puts them nine games back of the AL East-leading Yankees. Since their four-game winning streak earlier this month, they have dropped two consecutive series and six of seven games overall.
Designated hitter David Ortiz‘ only explanation for the disappearance of he and his teammates’ bats harkens back to the days off supplied by the All-Star break.
“We’ve been having those times where it doesn’t matter what you do, it doesn’t work out,” Ortiz said after a 3-0 loss Saturday. “We finished the first half good, and hopefully we can blame things to the four days off. We’ll see how it goes but hitting is something it’s a continuation of what you do the day before, you know what I’m saying? That’s only way you can stay consistent.”
Consistency has eluded the Red Sox all season long and the road back to .500 won’t get any easier Tuesday when they take on the Astros.
The Astros, who have spent most of the season atop the AL West, have fallen prey of late to the midseason bug, watching the Angels win 15-of-18 to overtake them as they have dropped nine of their last 12 contests en route to a 51-43 record. An ultra young squad full to the brim with potential, the Astros never expected to be in contention this late into the season, yet here they are.
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What do you think of this one compared to the other two?
It was a four-game series to forget for the Red Sox.
Capped off by Monday night’s 7-3 loss in the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Red Sox were swept in the four-game series by the Angels and were outscored 22-4 in the four games. The Red Sox have now dropped five straight games overall and have fallen nine games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Also over the four games, the Angels hit nine homers compared to the Red Sox’ one and the Angels starters had a collective ERA of 0.93, compared to the Red Sox’ 7.23.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright got the start for the Red Sox and couldn’t shutdown the red-hot Angels offense.
Albert Pujols and Mike Trout led the Angels attack with Pujols homering twice and Trout adding one of his own. Overall, the pair finished 3-for-6 with three home runs and five runs scored in the game.
The Angels scored four runs in the third inning against Wright, which was the biggest difference in the game and all the runs came with two outs. Wright finished the night going five innings, allowing six runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out three.
Thanks to David Ortiz, the Red Sox wouldn’t get shutout for the third game of the series.
Ortiz crushed a two-run home run in the sixth inning to get the Red Sox on the board. The Sox added another in the eighth on a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly and threatened for more, but Hanley Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice with runners on first and third to end the inning.
Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia struggled at the top of the order in the series, as the pair went a combined 0-for-30 over the four games.
Angels prospect Andrew Heaney kept the Red Sox offense in check, as the lefty went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while not walking a batter and striking out four.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
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