|Fan who grabbed potential Bogaerts homer: ‘The ball wasn’t coming in [as] a home run’||06.22.16 at 11:10 pm ET|
Wednesday night started innocuously enough for Dave Gallagher and his father, David. Dave, a native of Bristol, N.H., who now lives in Georgia, made his annual trip north to see a Red Sox game. He even had a Father’s Day surprise for his dad — four tickets in the front row of the Green Monster.
Then things got interesting.
With the Red Sox down 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth after an implosion by reliever Koji Uehara, Xander Bogaerts clubbed a pitch to left-center field, directly at the Gallaghers.
Dave reached down. The ball glanced off his hands and dropped onto the field. Bogaerts stopped at second with a double. And then the Gallaghers found themselves in the center of an unexpected controversy.
“The ball wasn’t coming in [as] a home run. It wasn’t,” Dave Gallagher told WEEI.com and the Boston Herald. “It wasn’t going to be — it wasn’t going to hit the top of the wall coming to me. So I had to reach out to get it.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell complained, the umpires conferred, and after a five-minute delay, ruled both fan interference and a double, but no home run.
“When we went to replay, replay said the original call is overturned,” crew chief Dana DeMuth told a pool reporter. “A fan did touch it. However, placement of the runners was it’s not a home run. The fan did not prevent it from being a home run.”
That was no consolation to the Gallaghers, who were promptly ejected by stadium security. That meant no ninth inning for Dave, his father, Dave’s uncle Ron, or a fourth member of the group who declined to be identified.
“They said if you touched it you’re out,” Dave Gallagher said. “They said if you touched any part of it, you’re out. And it didn’t make any sense to me. If it touched us, and we held on to it and grabbed on to it as a home run, it would have been fine.”
Dave spent roughly $200 per ticket, running him north of $800, plus the cost of airfare. Whatever the cost, it’s safe to say it turned out to be a night none of them would forget, though he wondered, “Are we going to be the bad guys?”
“I’m actually from Georgia,” he added. “I came up for the game and they kicked me out. So that’s a story to tell.”
|Closing Time: Koji Uehara implodes, fan potentially keeps Red Sox from tying homer in brutal loss to White Sox||at 10:50 pm ET|
Koji Uehara allowed a pair of eighth inning home runs to blow a lead and Xander Bogaerts lost a potential tying blast on fan interference as the Red Sox suffered a wild, demoralizing 8-6 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday night.
Summoned to protect a 6-4 lead, Uehara hung a pair of splitters that got crushed. Melky Cabrera hit the first out to right field for a game-tying two-run homer, and then Brett Lawrie launched the game-winner over everything in left.
The Red Sox looked like they had potentially tied the game when Bogaerts lifted his third hit of the night towards the Green Monster, but it skipped off the top of the wall for a double. On replay, however, it appeared that a fan reached over the fence and touched the ball, possibly keeping it from clearing the red line that would make it a homer.
After a lengthy review, umpires left Bogaerts on second. There was more drama two batters later when Chris Young launched a potential three-run homer to left, but it drifted just a couple of feet foul in the gap between the pole and the roof box seats. Young then struck out.
Uehara’s implosion erased a solid start from left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 Ks), who featured his best fastball of the season, routinely hitting 95-96 mph. It also negated a strong night from the offense, which got multiple hits from the first three members of the order and a home run from struggling first baseman Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez’s homer into the Red Sox bullpen in the sixth on a 1-2 count broke a 4-4 tie.
But Uehara had nothing on his splitter, which spun in the heart of the strike zone, and the White Sox made him pay while dealing the Red Sox their third straight loss and seventh in 10 games.
It did not take long for the Red Sox to find their stroke against one of the American League’s best pitchers. Jose Quintana began the night with a 2.63 ERA, but the Red Sox posted a four-spot in the third on a Sandy Leon walk and five singles.
After combining for 11 hits and two runs in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox put together ten hits and six runs on Wednesday night alone.
Eduardo Rodriguez showed much needed improvement, going six innings with his old delivery. Rodriguez’s last four starts were marred by a modified delivery that did not pan out well in addition to possibly tipping his changeup.
However the 23-year-old found what had made him successful in previous outings and let it take care of itself from there. He was blowing his fastball by batters in the 95 to 96 mph range, and occasionally subtly and effectively mixed in his changeup as well. He established the pitch early by starting the game with three consecutive changeups to leadoff hitter Tim Anderson, who took Clay Buchholz long on a first-pitch fastball to start the game Tuesday night.
However he was not exempt from exhibiting flashes of what’s gone painfully wrong for him this season. He left a fastball right over the heart of the plate to Todd Frazier, who hit his second home run in as many nights into the Monster seats. He also allowed a pair of hard doubles, including an RBI two-bagger to Cabrera.
Wednesday was Rodriguez’s first start of more than 100 pitches this season, tossing 102. It was his first outing north of 100 pitches since September 14 of last season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a double to record his 30th multi-hit game of the season.
— Ramirez hit his sixth home run of the year and his second in eight games. He hit a 1-2 pitch into the Red Sox bullpen to give Boston a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
— Eduardo Rodriguez brought his velocity back up consistently, clocking 95 to 96 mph routinely.
— Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4) and Bogaerts (3-for-5) recorded multiple hits, raising their averages to .306 and .351, respectively.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Koji. The formerly reliable reliever saw his ERA climb to 4.78 after he allowed three runs on two homers.
— Reliever Heath Hembree allowed an insurance run in the eighth.
— The Red Sox lost a pair of home run challenges, first on Bogaerts’ blast, and then on Young’s near go-ahead shot in the eighth.
— Sandy Leon got picked off at third base in the fourth inning with one out, killing all momentum for the Sox in the frame.
— Travis Shaw exited the game in the fourth inning with a right shin contusion, no doubt a holdover from the ball he fouled off his leg on Tuesday.
|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: Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley power Rick Porcello, Red Sox to victory over Mariners||06.18.16 at 7:00 pm ET|
It was only a matter of time.
The Red Sox offense has struggled at times recently, but Adrian Sampson was only going to keep it down for so long.
Held in check for their first two turns through the order, the Red Sox broke through against Sampson during a three-run fifth, driving the rookie from his first big league start and cruising to a 6-2 victory.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts stroked two more hits, including his ninth home run of the season to give the Red Sox an insurance run and make a winner of right-hander Rick Porcello who scattered eight hits over six innings in a solid performance that bordered on terrific after a rough start.
Slumping catcher Christian Vazquez also contributed a pair of hits, while outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added his 12th homer of the season.
The game started poorly, with the first three Mariners recording singles before Porcello settled down and coaxed a double play grounder out of the dangerous Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded.
Porcello would repeat that pattern throughout his six innings, weaving in and out of trouble, but ultimately only allowing two runs in six innings.
He gave the offense enough time to get untracked. Consecutive singles by Chris Young, Vazquez, and Mookie Betts tied the game before a Dustin Pedroia double play grounder gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Bogaerts followed with a two-out homer to give the Red Sox some breathing room, and an inning later, Vazquez added an RBI double.
A year after going 5-7 at Fenway Park, Porcello improved to 6-0 here this season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Porcello effectively managed trouble, scattering eight hits over six innings, the only other damage an Adam Lind solo homer. He didn’t walk anyone and induced a pair of double plays.
— Bogaerts just continues to mash. He went 2-for-4 to raise his league-leading average to .352. He also now has two more homers than the seven he managed all of last season.
— Hustlin’ Hanley Ramirez scored from second after an errant throw on a grounder rolled into short left. He ran straight through the stop sign of third base coach Brian Butterfield before sliding home safely and celebrating with a karate pose.
— Vazquez recorded his first two hits since June 10 after extensive work with hitting coach Chili Davis.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 and grounded into a pair of double plays, giving him 12 on the season.
|David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. lead AL All-Star voting at respective positions||06.14.16 at 12:08 pm ET|
If things go the way they are now, the Red Sox will be well-represented in San Diego for the All-Star Game.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released the updated voting numbers from the fans and three members of the Red Sox lead their respective positions.
David Ortiz leads the designated hitter category by a considerable amount over Kendrys Morales, Xander Bogaerts has a slight edge over Alcides Escobar at shortstop and in the outfield, Jackie Bradley Jr. is in second place behind Mike Trout. As it stands now, Trout, Bradley Jr. and Lorenzo Cain would be the American League starting outfield.
Hanley Ramirez is fourth at first place, Dustin Pedroia fourth at second base, Blake Swihart fifth behind the plate and Mookie Betts is fifth in the outfield.
Online voting ends on June 30.
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|Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts, Travis Shaw lead Red Sox over Blue Jays to end 3-game losing streak||06.04.16 at 7:13 pm ET|
Although the Red Sox have scuffled of late — losing three straight and six of their last nine going into the game — they still have yet to lose four in a row this season.
Led by the offense, the Red Sox snapped their skid with a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Like they have all season, the Red Sox were able to get to Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. The offense scored in five straight innings against him, as he departed with the Red Sox on top 6-4 in the sixth.
David Ortiz had a two-run single in the third and Travis Shaw added a two-out RBI single in the fifth. They added another in the sixth on a very close play at the plate involving Blake Swihart trying to score from first on a Mookie Betts double. He was originally called out, but following a challenge the call at home was overturned and Swihart was ruled safe.
Xander Bogaerts paced the offense with three hits, while Shaw and Betts each had two.
“[Bogaerts] with another big day,” manager John Farrell said. “After being stopped last night, he picks up three base hits today. I thought we did an outstanding job of running the bases — taking an extra 90 feet. Blake [Swihart] scoring from first. [Bogaerts] going first-to-third on a groundball out. Some heads up base running for sure. David with another key base hit for the two RBIs off Stroman. Each time they were able to put a run on the board, once again we were able to answer right back. That continues to be a characteristic of this team.”
In relief of Red Sox starter Steven Wright, Matt Barnes allowed a run over two innings, Junichi Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel closed things out in the ninth. Overall, the Red Sox’ arms limited the Blue Jays to just four hits in the game.
Wright was pulled after the fifth inning and throwing 111 pitches. The knuckleballer allowed three runs, but none of them were earned because of passed balls. Two scored in the fifth on one passed ball when Michael Saunders struck out and beat the throw to first, which allowed both Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista to score. The Red Sox led 4-1 going into the inning.
Ryan Hanigan and Swihart left the game in the seventh inning. Hanigan left with a neck strain and Swihart departed with a left ankle injury suffered hitting the wall hard in left field on a foul ball. He was helped off the field by a trainer and Farrell.
Dustin Pedroia has now hit safely in 25 straight games against the Blue Jays, tying the second longest streak in MLB history (Jerry Remy, 26, 1977-82 and Vladimir Guerrero, 25, 2001-06).
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. all starting vs. Blue Jays||at 12:27 pm ET|
It is a standard Red Sox lineup when facing a right-hander Saturday afternoon against the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox look to avoid losing four straight games for the first time all season.
Blake Swihart is in left field and Travis Shaw is at third base as the Red Sox go up against right-hander Marcus Stroman. After getting hit by a pitch in the first inning Friday night, David Ortiz will start.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Blake Swihart, LF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Steven Wright, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|Closing Time: Red Sox offense silenced, pitching allows 2 more homers in loss to Blue Jays||at 12:55 am ET|
The Red Sox are officially scuffling.
David Price allowed an early home run, Koji Uehara surrendered a late one, and the potent Red Sox offense was silenced for a night in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays that dropped the Sox back into a virtual tie for first place in the American League East.
Price served up a two-run homer to former teammate Edwin Encarnacion in the first and didn’t allow a run thereafter, exiting after seven innings. But Uehara allowed a two-run shot to Devon Travis in the eighth and that was more than enough for the Jays, who rode a strong start from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and survived a ninth-inning rally that ended along with Xander Bogaerts’ 26-game hitting streak when the Red Sox shortstop struck out to end it for the team’s third straight loss and sixth in nine games.
“That’s what happens whenever you’re behind in the count to hitters like that,” Price said of Encarnacion’s decisive blow. “A 2-0 fastball that wasn’t located. That’s what good hitters do. They put good swings on bad pitches. It’s tough to put us in a hole 2-0 before we even get a chance to hit. Learn from it and get better.”
The Red Sox did nothing with the erratic Dickey, who walked five in 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t allow his first hit until David Ortiz led off the sixth with the first of his two doubles. But Ortiz was stranded, along with virtually every other baserunner. The Red Sox went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
Their only runs came on a Mookie Betts walk, two ground outs, and a passed ball in the first, and on a Hanley Ramirez groundout in the eighth.
|Xander Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 26 games||06.02.16 at 8:40 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — Xander Bogaerts made this hit count.
After going hitless in his first two at-bats Thursday night, Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 26 games in style. The Red Sox shortstop rifled a line-drive off the left-center field wall with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
The single, which came against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez with nobody out, scored both Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts, while sending Dustin Pedroia to third.
Bogaerts’ hit drew the Red Sox to within a pair of runs, with David Ortiz following up the shortstop with a three-run homer to give the Sox a 5-4 lead.
Bogaerts’ hit came in his third at-bat, having grounded out to shortstop and struck out in his first two plate appearances.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox ‘need to grab somebody that can actually pitch in October’||06.01.16 at 12:14 pm ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning and discussed how good Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have been, as well as possible starting pitchers the Sox might want to acquire to shore up the rotation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Betts and Bogaerts continue to swing hot bats, with Betts slamming three home runs Tuesday and Bogaerts extending his hitting streak to 24 games.
“They are both playing elite, high-leverage positions. … You are looking at two potential MVPs, two potential batting champions,” Schilling said. “Here’s the thing: People want to keep waiting for this and waiting for that, the downside — it’s the same thing they are doing with Travis Shaw. [But] these guys can play.”
Schilling continued to stress the importance of the Red Sox getting another starting pitcher.
“At the deadline [the Sox] need to go back and grab a starter, and not James Shields. You need to grab somebody that can actually pitch in October,” Schilling said. “I love Julio Teheran in Atlanta. The only reason I say that is because I’ve heard that [the Braves are] very interested in making moves. I love the age, I like the potential. I don’t know how coachable, I don’t know what kind of guy he is. … Somebody on Periscope mentioned Rich Hill, which is ironic, but yeah, that could be another one. I think their bullpen will find its way. I like their bullpen. Carson Smith being gone doesn’t help, but I think they’re good enough. I want to see a starter. I want to see a starter because, listen, if David Price goes 22-4 this year and loses and gets his butt kicked in October, a lot of people are going to be saying, ‘What was that for?’ You need another guy.”
When examining the mental makeup of a pitcher, Schilling said it’s good to note which opposing hurlers step up against the Red Sox’ potent bats.
“I always relished the chance to pitch against this [type of] lineup because I knew nobody else liked it,” Schilling said. “You make your reputation on shutting teams down like this. … When you’re looking for potential pitchers, watch the guys that step up against this team. Because those are the guys that are saying, ‘Listen, I’ve got to do this to be somebody.’ And that to me is kind of a little insight into their postseason mentality and their postseason makeup.”
With the Rays struggling, Schilling speculated that Tampa Bay might consider parting ways with ace Chris Archer.
“I think there might be two teams in the league that would have the minor league talent to get Chris Archer,” Schilling said. “You would have to give up [Yoan] Moncada and somebody else probably. But I think that that might be a potential. Listen, they have him, he’s under a team-friendly contract, so there’s no doubt in my mind from a price prospective [the Rays] can maximize leverage. That would be the kind of guy I would go out and get. … I don’t think [Rays] will [send him to the Red Sox], you usually don’t trade inside the division, and I get that. But like I said, if you offer a package of players — Moncada and [Andrew] Benintendi and another guy — does that work? I don’t care what division you’re in, if I’m getting three potential impact players, I go there.”
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