|Jackie Bradley Jr. gets revenge on Hanley Ramirez by video bombing his hit on MLB Network||07.26.16 at 5:44 pm ET|
Jackie Bradley Jr. got his revenge.
Back in May when Bradley Jr. appeared on MLB Network after winning the American League Player of the Week, Hanley Ramirez appeared in the background distracting Bradley Jr.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 16, 2016
Tuesday, Bradley Jr. got his revenge by doing the same when Ramirez was on MLB Network after winning the most recent AL Player of the Week.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 26, 2016
|Closing Time: Drew Pomeranz much better in 2nd start, but Red Sox offense fails to come through in loss to Tigers||07.25.16 at 10:38 pm ET|
Drew Pomeranz deserved better.
After the left-hander allowed five runs in just three innings during his Red Sox debut last week, Pomeranz bounced back nicely, but the offense was silenced by Justin Verlander and couldn’t come through late as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers, 4-2.
Pomeranz went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven. He only made one mistake the entire night when he allowed a two-run homer well over the Monster seats to Jose Iglesias in the sixth inning.
“I had a good curveball tonight,” Pomeranz said. “I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night and really, one bad pitch that hurt us.”
Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season, which leads the majors.
Joe Kelly made his relief debut as a member of the Red Sox in the seventh and allowed a run on two hits. Kelly allowed a lead off triple to Justin Upton, who then scored on a RBI single up the middle by James McCann.
“He was powerful. A lot of power,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of velocity. Some inconsistent command getting behind in the count — 2-1 to Upton, fastball out over the plate that he’s able to drive one the other way. Still, the first look, I thought he threw enough strikes. He threw a breaking ball for strikes on occasion. First look on his part.”
Another starter turned reliever, Clay Buchholz pitched the eighth and he allowed a run on two hits. Iglesias led the inning off with a bloop single and advanced to second on a passed ball, got to third on a sacrifice fly and then scored on a Victor Martinez single.
Buchholz would then throw a 1-2-3 ninth.
|Closing Time: Red Sox squander lead, fall for 2nd straight night to Twins||07.23.16 at 11:22 pm ET|
At multiple points in Saturday night’s game, it seemed like nothing could top how topsy-turvy the windy weather was. What transpired on the field during Red Sox’ 4-hour, 11-minute, 11-9 loss to the Twins proved otherwise.
And it was all highlighted by one of the most frustrating innings of the Red Sox’ season.
Carrying an uncomfortable, 8-5 lead the seventh, the Red Sox squandered their advantage in a big way, starting with a misread fly ball by Michael Martinez in deep right field that resulted in an RBI triple for Max Kepler. Brock Holt followed up with a misread fly ball of his own in left field, sliding to early to try to make the catch with the ball instead deflecting off his glove for an RBI double.
“Our guys have been in that spot where they’ve converged on that ball numerous times. Brock [Holt] tries to make a sliding catch, it goes off the heel of his glove, I can’t say whether the ball was jumping around on him in pursuit.” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “I thought Clay deserved better in that spot.”
Things started looking up as Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared to throw out Kennys Vargas at the plate to end the inning, however a review of the play showed otherwise, tying the game.
Eduardo Nunez then provided a pivotal two-run single to put the Twins up by what would be the final margin.
The Red Sox utilized Clay Buchholz, Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree in the seventh inning alone.
“We try to space out the work as best possible, but on a night when Barnes is unavailable, that’s a guy that’s missed on a night like this,” Farrell said. “And with Junichi [Tazawa] coming off the DL, you have to be careful with his overall usage, but in a situation where both Tommy [Layne] and Robbie [Ross Jr.] are going four out of five days, yeah, that goes back to the depth of the … rotation and being able to work deeper into games.”
|Closing Time: Red Sox offense (3 home runs), Steven Wright lead Sox over Twins in 13-2 rout||07.21.16 at 9:54 pm ET|
When the Red Sox put a heap of runs on the Giants on Wednesday, it ended up being integral those runs were scored with way their pitching went.
The monsoon of runs continued Thursday, but the pitching followed this time on the way to the Red Sox’ 13-2 win over the Twins.
Steven Wright took a perfect game 4 1/3 innings before Max Kepler singled to left field just over the outstretched arm of Travis Shaw at third base in the fifth. Wright threw just 51 pitches in that stretch before surrendering a pair of runs (only one of which being earned) in the frame.
The 31-year-old knuckleballer ultimately went eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. The nine strikeouts matched Wright’s career high.
“My goal is just to go as deep as I can until they tell me I’m done. Today I was lucky enough to eight, but it makes it easy when guys score 11 runs, 12 runs,” Wright said.
The Red Sox found a way to score early yet again — even earlier than Wednesday, in fact — with Mookie Betts taking Twins starter Tyler Duffy 410 feet into the Monster Seats on the first pitch of the bottom half of the first. The dinger turned out to be a sign of what was to come, as the Red Sox put two more runs on the board in the inning, adding another trio in the third.
“That’s the first time I’ve swung at the first pitch this year,” Betts said. “[Wright] had a quick inning and I figured I might as well just ride the momentum going into our first at-bat.”
Betts noted he swung at the first pitch of the game six times last year and was 0-for-6, but Travis Shaw convinced him to try it again this year.
|Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez (3 home runs) tees off, Drew Pomeranz implodes, and Red Sox beat Giants in wildest game of year||07.20.16 at 10:57 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez gave the Red Sox a night to remember on an evening Drew Pomeranz hopes to forget.
Ramirez delivered the first three-homer game of his career and made a trio of outstanding defensive plays to overcome an absolute implosion by Pomeranz in his debut as the Red Sox claimed a wild 11-7 victory over the Giants in a possible World Series preview.
With the victory, the Red Sox also moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since June 4.
“The crowd, that was probably the most electric atmosphere we’ve had this year, and since I got called up,” said third baseman Travis Shaw. “The crowd was into it, they were loud, you could feel the energy tonight. It was different than any other game we’ve played.”
Ramirez put a charge in the place by hitting homers to right, center, and left while driving in six runs. His final homer came two innings after he appeared to vow, “I’ll get you back,” to Giants reliever Albert Suarez, who had drilled him in the fourth. He also made the defensive play of the game, starting a 3-2 double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning of an 8-7 game.
“I never expected this, but it’s a great feeling, it’s a great feeling, especially to end up with a W,” Ramirez said. “This team doesn’t give up. They keep adding runs and runs. We’ve got to continue to score more runs than them.”
This one had a little bit of everything. The Red Sox raced to an 8-0 lead on Ramirez’s first two homers and a monstrous two-run blast by Shaw.
Pomeranz, who was clean through the first three innings, fell apart in the fourth. He failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced and was lifted after allowing a three-run homer to Mac Williamson and a two-run shot to Trevor Brown. His final line read three innings, 8 eight hits, five runs and four strikeouts.
“By tonight, I’ll flush everything,” Pomeranz said. “That’s not me out there.”
|David Ortiz addresses American League All-Star team: ‘Let’s go out there and whoop some ass’||07.12.16 at 8:01 pm ET|
Apparently David Ortiz is taking Tuesday night’s All-Star Game seriously.
Ortiz addressed the American League All-Star team prior to his 10th and final Mid-Summer Classic. Besides thanking everyone for his farewell tour this season, he talked about how he wanted to win the game.
“On my behalf, I really want to say thank you to all of you,” Ortiz said. “You guys have embraced my through the year and it’s been an unbelievable ride. Tonight, let’s go out there and whoop some ass because playing at home, there’s nothing like playing at home. Let’s go out there and do like we know how and make sure this game goes to the American League. Thank you guys.”
(For video, click to the bottom of the post.)
Apparently there was more to the speech than shown in the video, as Jackie Bradley Jr. told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal it was “from the heart” and about the future of the game.
“What I could tell you about that speech is you could tell it was from the heart,” Bradley Jr. told Rosenthal. “He just shared in order to be kind of great in this game, even when your body is telling you no, you have to have that mindset every single day to say, yes, I am going to make a difference for my team and he wants the game just to get better as a whole. He knows he has children coming up and he wants to pass on the knowledge to the younger players and as long as everyone continues to work hard everything is going to go the way it is supposed to.”
— #BaseballisFun (@MLBONFOX) July 12, 2016
Before Jackie Bradley Jr. turned around his career last season with a monster August, agent Scott Boras found himself in a strange position — fielding calls from rival clubs inquiring about Bradley’s availability.
The super-agent doesn’t actually run a team, even if it sometimes feels that way. Speaking to the Boston Herald at the All-Star Game in San Diego, Boras on Monday described the interest level in Bradly last season before he made himself into an All-Star.
“I had six different general managers calling me, because he was just killing the ball in Triple-A,” Boras told the Herald. “And people are calling me going, ‘This guy hits the ball differently than minor leaguers.’ He’s that kind of guy, plus his defense.
“So all the general managers are calling me, ‘Can I get him? Can I get him?’ I said, ‘Why are you calling me?’ Like I run the team.”
It seemed that Bradley might become available because he had spent much of 2015 at Triple-A. But once the trade deadline passed without Bradley being moved, his career took off.
Boras told the Herald he never considered seeking a trade.
“I don’t do that,” Boras told the paper. “I don’t call teams and demand trades. It’s there, they have a contract, right? They have ownership of a player. The story is, if you’re negotiating something you don’t have control over, you don’t negotiate.”
When Bradley finished last season with an .832 OPS, Boras knew he was well on his way.
“To be honest with you, there were enough people there that had the similar vision of Jackie that we had,” Boras said. “This guy’s constitution is — when I saw him in Tampa and he knew he was going to be up for a short period of time and go back down [last summer], I wanted to make sure, I said, ‘Look, I’m telling you (other teams want to trade for you).’ He said, ‘I know, I’m not worried about it.’
“He was nicked up when he got drafted, otherwise he would’ve been a top-five pick. He said, ‘I know, I know.’ His constitution is very clear. His vision is clear. He doesn’t worry about external factors. He’s really a very self-understood player, which says a lot about why he’s doing what he’s doing.”
|Closing Time: David Ortiz, rest of Red Sox offense lead way in win over Rangers||07.06.16 at 10:28 pm ET|
On the hottest day of the summer in Boston, it was only fitting the Red Sox had one of their hottest days at the plate, especially early in the game.
The Red Sox scored in each of the first four innings, which was way more than they would ever need as they beat the Rangers, 11-6 Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
They have now won five out of their last eight games and took 2-of-3 from the Rangers.
Recently, the Red Sox have been the ones to fall behind early, but Wednesday they scored early and they scored often. The home team scored two in the first, five in the second, followed by two in both the third and fourth to run away with the win.
David Ortiz hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the five run second inning was keyed by three Rangers errors. Every member of the Red Sox lineup recorded a hit, except Dustin Pedroia who did record an RBI.
Mookie Betts paced the offense going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Bryce Brentz also had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
It was another solid start by All-Star Steven Wright. The knuckleballer went six-plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits, while walking one and striking out seven. Three of his six runs came in the seventh inning when he couldn’t retire a batter and Tommy Layne couldn’t keep the inherited runner at third base.
In all Layne went 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Matt Barnes went 2/3 scoreless inning before Craig Kimbrel got the ninth inning to close out the win. Kimbrel did walk two straight batters after retiring the first two in the inning.
Wednesday was the 11th time this season the Red Sox have scored 10 or more runs, which is the most in the American League and one fewer than the Cardinals for most in baseball.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts among AL All-Star voting leaders||06.21.16 at 3:16 pm ET|
It looks like the Red Sox will be well-represented in San Diego for the MLB All-Star Game next month.
The latest voting numbers released Tuesday afternoon have Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts two and three respectively in terms of outfielders (Mike Trout is first), Xander Bogaerts leading at shortstop and David Ortiz leading at DH. This means these players would start the game if voting ended today.
Dustin Pedroia is third at second base, while Hanley Ramirez is fourth at first base.
Online voting ends June 30.
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|Closing Time: David Price dominates, but Red Sox offense comes up short in loss to Orioles||06.14.16 at 9:57 pm ET|
It was another impressive outing for David Price. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, it also was another loss.
Price pitched lights-out in the first game of a three-game series against the Orioles on Tuesday night, but the Boston bats couldn’t come through in a 3-2 loss. The Red Sox now are 1-11 when scoring less than three runs in a game this season.
The loss was Price’s third straight, despite allowing a combined seven runs in his last three starts. His first blemish of the night was a two-run home run given up to Manny Machado in the first inning. Machado curved the ball around the Pesky Pole to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead.
After that, Price began to look like the ace he’s been expected to be. The left-hander retired 19 straight batters after the Machado homer, striking out nine batters in that span.
“I thought David threw a quality changeup here tonight, numerous times [a] swing-and-miss,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “[He] was able to throttle guys back and forth, I thought he had very good location to his fastball both sides of the plate. … Eight strong innings by David tonight, I thought he pitched outstanding.”
However, Price slipped up in the eighth inning, as Jonathan Schoop hit the first pitch of the frame over the Green Monster to extend Baltimore’s lead, and it proved to be costly.
“The last one was a slider into Schoop, and I didn’t get it where I wanted to,” Price said. “It was kind of like the one that I gave up in San Fran, and that’s tough. I had the chance to put down a shutout inning and I wasn’t able to do that. … It’s tough, as the game goes on, I want to get better, and for the most part I did that, but one pitch in this game can lose it for you.”
Overall, Price allowed three runs on five hits in eight innings pitched. He struck out 11 and walked none in one of his strongest games of the year. Despite pitching so well as of late, Price has not notched a win since May 24 vs. Colorado. He’s struck out a combined 26 batters in the four starts since that 8-3 win against the Rockies.
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