|Closing Time: Red Sox can’t cash in on chances, end road trip by falling to Rays||08.25.16 at 4:00 pm ET|
After seeing themselves on the losing end of a bullpen mishap mere hours earlier, the Red Sox found themselves in a precarious position yet again Thursday.
This time, the Red Sox’ 2-1 loss couldn’t be pinned on the bullpen, but rather missed opportunities.
Starter Drew Pomeranz entered the bottom of the seventh looking to keep the game locked up at 1-1. But the lefty allowed Mikie Mahtook — who was 0-for-34 leading up to the at bat — to plate Steven Souza Jr. with an RBI double, ending the southpaw’s day.
The danger Pomeranz put himself was not the first time he did so in the afternoon. Attempting to protect a one-run lead after a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly in the top half of the sixth, Pomeranz allowed a one-out double to Evan Longoria, who scored a batter later to knot things up.
Overall, the outing was a solid one for Pomeranz, who set a career high in strikeouts with 11. He allowed seven hits and two runs over six innings pitched with a walk.
The Red Sox squandered an opportunity to add more runs in the top half of the sixth when Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded into a double play with the bases juiced to end the inning. That tune is a familiar one, as the Red Sox have been second-rate with the bases loaded, ranking 25th in the league in batting average with bases loaded at .218.
The Red Sox offense was tasked with facing Tampa righty Jake Odorizzi, who came into the game having not lost a start since the All-Star break while posting a 1.64 in that seven-start time frame.
By and large, the Sox struggled to rise to the occasion, having a challenging time getting to Odorizzi while allowing him to keep his pitch count low throughout the game. The Red Sox managed only five hits off the starter.
|Closing Time: Rick Porcello a winner in return to Detroit as Red Sox pummel Tigers||08.19.16 at 9:56 pm ET|
DETROIT — It’s not as if Rick Porcello can say he was out to prove the Tigers wrong, since the man who traded him away now runs the Red Sox.
But there’s no question Porcello took a little extra pleasure in beating his former team on Friday night as the Red Sox bounced back from one of their worst losses of the season with an overwhelming 10-2 victory.
The Sox tagged standout rookie starter Michael Fulmer with a career-worst six runs, and that was more than enough for Porcello, who allowed a two-run homer in the second and then silenced the Tigers en route to his 17th win of the season.
At 17-3 with a 3.22 ERA, Porcello strengthened his dark-horse candidacy for the American League Cy Young Award in a wide-open field. He allowed 2 runs (1 ER) on four hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA from 3.30 and joining Toronto’s J.A. Happ as the only 17-game winners in the big leagues.
“He’s putting himself in the conversation, there’s no doubt,” manager John Farrell said of the Cy Young race before the game. “Innings per start, efficiency, all that. He’s been our stopper, and has had one heck of a year for us.”
The Red Sox needed it on Friday after Thursday’s bullpen meltdown turned a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 loss.
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia sit; Hanley Ramirez returns vs. Tigers||08.18.16 at 9:58 am ET|
After getting a few hours of sleep, the Red Sox are back at it for an afternoon game with the Tigers.
Given their travel schedule, the lineup resembles one from spring training, but they do get Hanley Ramirez back from the bereavement list. As the corresponding move, Marco Hernandez was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia both get the day off — at least to start — as Sandy Leon will DH, Deven Marrero will play second base and Aaron Hill will play third base against Tigers lefty Matt Boyd.
Bryan Holaday will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Aaron Hill, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Mookie Betts, RF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Sandy Leon, DH
Bryan Holaday, C
Deven Marrero, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Clay Buchholz, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|Closing Time: David Ortiz’s 2-run blast helps Drew Pomeranz to first win with Red Sox||08.15.16 at 4:16 pm ET|
As he’s done for years, David Ortiz put the Red Sox on his back, with the heroics this time resulting in a 3-2 win over the Indians in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.
The Red Sox offense couldn’t find any answers through the first two-thirds of the makeup game from April 7. But in the sixth inning Ortiz delivered a one-out, no-doubter home run into the right-field bleachers, giving the Red Sox a lead they would never relinquish.
The dinger brought Ortiz into a tie for 10th in the league for home runs with 27.
Two batters later, Jackie Bradley Jr. drilled his 19th homer of the year into right-center field.
The sixth-inning power surge helped starter Drew Pomeranz earn his first win in a Red Sox uniform. Aside from a fourth inning solo shot to Rajai Davis, the lefty was impressive, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing a pair of runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
By and large, Pomeranz showed ability to get himself out of potentially volatile situations, most notably forcing Carlos Santana into a 5-4-3 double play after walking Mike Napoli to start the seventh inning.
He did put himself in trouble in the eighth, however, allowing a double to Chris Gimenez, who later scored on a Davis double to let the Tribe climb within one. Fernando Abad came in to relieve Pomeranz, getting Jose Ramirez to fly out to left.
After allowing a leadoff double to Francisco Lindor then a walk to Mike Napoli to start the ninth, Craig Kimbrel struck out Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Jose Almonte to fly out to earn his 20th save of the year.
|Red Sox lineup: Mookie Betts returns; Dustin Pedroia leads off||08.12.16 at 4:12 pm ET|
After injuring his back during Thursday’s game in a collision at first base, Hanley Ramirez will stay in the Red Sox lineup for Friday’s game.
“Hanley came in and actually told us this morning he was able to go,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Mookie Betts is back in the lineup after getting the night off Thursday with some soreness in his right calf, but he is not returning to the leadoff spot, rather batting third in favor of Dustin Pedroia.
“Mookie, for one, was cleared to play went through some tests and some running earlier. So based on the evaluation from the medical staff he’s ready to go tonight,” Farrell said. “[Pedroia’s] been in a good run of late anyway. I guess the best way to describe it because he’s leading off it hasn’t changed. He’s been swinging the bat well, he’s had good at-bats prior to the switch, they were present in the last couple of ball games, we need to get a couple more guys going to build that string out a little bit more consistently.”
Bryan Holaday will also get his second start as a member of the Red Sox, giving Sandy Leon a night off. Travis Shaw will get some rest, with Aaron Hill taking his spot at third.
Here is the Red Sox lineup against Diamondbacks lefty starter Patrick Corbin:
Bradley Jr. CF
Click here for the matchups with David Price on the mound for the Red Sox.
|Dustin Pedroia leaves Red Sox game vs. Dodgers after fouling ball off ankle||08.05.16 at 11:44 pm ET|
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday’s game against the Dodgers, one inning after fouling a ball off his left shin.
Pedroia ripped a Scott Kazmir offering directly onto his left shin in the third, falling immediately to the ground in pain. He was attended to by manager John Farrell and the training staff, limping behind home plate before electing to stay in the game.
He grounded to second and then played defense in the bottom of the third, recording a putout and assist, but he did not take the field in the bottom of the fourth, with Aaron Hill moving over to second and Travis Shaw entering the game at third.
After the game, manager John Farrell told reporters in Los Angeles that initial X-rays were negative, but that Pedroia had suffered a “severe” bruise.
NL West parks haven’t been kind to Pedroia over the years. He fouled a ball off his leg in San Francisco on June 25, 2010 and suffered a broken foot. He returned for two games in August before calling it a season.
Pedroia went 0-for-2 before departing on Friday, dropping his average to .298.
|Red Sox lineup: Hanley Ramirez unable to play, Dustin Pedroia gets night off as Rick Porcello seeks win No. 15||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
|Lineup: Red Sox try to maintain momentum from Sunday’s thrilling victory||08.01.16 at 7:36 pm ET|
The Red Sox return to the field on Monday, opening a four-game series against the Mariners and hoping to build on one of their best victories of the season.
The Sox trailed the Angels 3-0 in the ninth on Sunday before Dustin Pedroia powered a five-run ninth with a three-run homer that lifted Boston to a 5-3 victory.
The Red Sox will look to keep that momentum going in Seattle, with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound. Here’s the lineup.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Sandy Leon C
Bryce Brentz LF
|John Farrell ejected in 5th inning for arguing balls, strikes||07.31.16 at 5:21 pm ET|
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dustin Pedroia started the argument, but John Farrell finished it. And because of disagreement, the Red Sox manager was forced to watch the second half of his team’s game against the Angels in the visitors clubhouse.
Farrell was ejected by home plate umpire Gabe Morales after coming out onto the field to pick up a disagreement Pedroia kicked up following a called third strike. But shortly after stepping in between his second baseman and Morales, Farrell found himself ejected by the umpire.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, Pedroia remained in the game long enough to hit the game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, with the Sox claiming a 5-3 win over the Angels.
“Given how quick his trigger was, yeah, he was on the verge,” said Farrell of the possibility of Pedroia getting thrown out. “I was out obviously supporting Pedey, and to be honest from the dugout, the height of the pitch, he had every right to complain. But as quick as his trigger was, Pedey might have been very close but thankfully, Pedey comes up big in the ninth.”
The heave-ho from Morales only amped up the intensity of Farrell’s argument, with crew chief Joe West coming in from his third base position to step between the manager and umpire.
The strikeout was the second out of the Red Sox’ half of the fifth, with runners on first and second and the game scoreless. It was the third time this season Farrell has been ejected.
“I just said, ‘I’m only 5-foot-7, I’m going to need a trampoline to hit that damn ball. What are we doing here?'” said Pedroia. “This is the major leagues. I don’t know. that’s a part of the game. He was really good. [Anaheim starter Tyler Skaggs] had a good curveball and he didn’t need any help. He was pretty good.”
|Closing Time: Brad Ziegler allows 9th inning homer to Miguel Cabrera as Red Sox get swept by Tigers||07.27.16 at 4:32 pm ET|
Wednesday afternoon was a reminder of everything that had gone awry this homestand for the Red Sox, as the Tigers completed the sweep in stunning fashion with a ninth inning home run from slugger Miguel Cabrera, winning 4-3
With the ever-reliable Brad Ziegler on the mound to keep the game locked up at three, Ziegler left an 84 mph sinker over the plate that Cabrera took just barely out of the park. The ball hit off the top of the wall in right field into the bullpen.
“I really didn’t,” Ziegler said when asked if he thought the ball would go out. “I knew he hit it good but I thought there was a chance that it would get over Mookie’s head in between him and the fence. Just watching it in the air, it kept getting further and further away. … He’s a great hitter and he’s made a really good living doing damage like that in games.”
The Red Sox had Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. up in the ninth, but couldn’t record a base runner.
With the loss, they were swept for the first time this season.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, things looked grim for the Red Sox until Travis Shaw singled to start the inning and was moved to third by a Sandy Leon sacrifice and a Brock Holt ground out.
Mookie Betts then blasted a line drive into the center field triangle just beyond the outstretched arm of Tyler Collins to score Shaw and tie the game. With the throw in the air to the cutoff man while Betts was nearing third and looked to be eyeing an inside-the-park home run, but was held up by third base coach Brian Butterfield.
“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to go, I’ve got to go’, but I’m not as fast as I used to be, so it was just a triple,” said Betts.
Starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a modest outing, allowing three runs on 9 hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out six — the third highest total for the Venezuelan this season — while walking three.
“I thought [Rodriguez] minimized damage for the most part,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’s in a tough spot with second and third, just one out middle of the order which, Cabrera and [Victor] Martinez the damage they created today was obvious. Still I thought he showed three defined pitches. His slider continues to improve. On a day where he didn’t give up a lot of hard contact … I thought he threw the ball well against a quality right handed-hitting lineup.”
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