June 29, 2016

G78: Rays 4, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  5  0
Rays    - 013 000 00x - 4  9  1
The Red Sox were no-hit for the first five innings. Three of their five singles came when they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez could not come through.

David Price: 6.1-9-4-1-10, 103. ... Glad I missed this one.
David Price / Matt Moore
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Shaw, 3B
Brentz, LF
Vazquez, C
Travis Shaw had his third five-RBI game of the season last night (April 26 and May 10 are the other two). Elias reports that the only other Red Sox players to have at least three five-RBI games before July 1 are Ted Williams (four in 1949 and three in 1950) and Manny Ramirez (four in 2005).

Schadenfreude 193 (A Continuing Series)

New York Post:
Alex Rodriguez Actually Playing Only Makes Things Worse
By Howie Kussoy

How long before Alex Rodriguez is sitting against southpaws, too?

Following back-to-back days on the bench because of consecutive matchups against right-handed starting pitchers, the $20 million part-time designated hitter went 0-for-3 with a meaningless sacrifice fly in his return to the lineup Tuesday night in The Bronx, striking out twice in the Yankees' 7-1 loss to the Rangers.

Rodriguez entered the game batting .275 against lefties this season with a .837 OPS — he is hitting .200 with a .584 OPS against righties — but the soon-to-be 41-year-old watched his average against southpaws slide to .259 after an underwhelming evening against Texas' Cole Hamels. ...

"He's trying," Girardi said. ... "He hasn't complained about anything."

That only makes matters worse.

June 28, 2016

G77: Red Sox 8, Rays 2

Red Sox - 011 010 302 - 8 11  0
Rays    - 000 100 100 - 2  6  0
Rick Porcello (6-5-1-3-8, 109) gave the Red Sox just what they needed - a solid performance from their starting pitcher - and Travis Shaw drove in five runs with a single, double, and the longest home run of his career.

Porcello's performance was not dominating, however, as he allowed baserunners in each of the first four innings. The only Rays run came during an extended fourth inning in which Porcello threw 39 pitches and walked three men, including one with the bases loaded. It was after that particular walk (to Nick Franklin) that everything could have imploded (yet again) for the Red Sox. Tampa Bay still had three men on base and no outs. But Porcello struck out Hank Conger, got Logan Forsythe to pop to short right, then got Brad Miller looking at strike three.

Porcello then retired the side in order in both the fifth and sixth before turning the ball over to the bullpen. In fact, after Porcello issued that bases-loaded walk in the fourth, the Rays would put only one man on base for the rest of the night (Miller's home run in the seventh). Porcello, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Matt Barnes retired 18 of the last 19 Tampa Bay batters.

In a refreshing change of pace, the Red Sox scored first, as Shaw led off the second inning by crushing a Chris Archer (6.1-7-4-4-9, 109) pitch an estimated 449 feet to right field for a home run. (Why couldn't they have added a foot to that estimate? 450 sounds much farther.) In the third, Mookie Betts doubled and scored on David Ortiz's double, a high fly to right that may or may not have hit a catwalk. Regardless, Rays right fielder "Lee Harvey" Oswaldo Arcia apparently lost the ball in the grey roof and made a late lunge for it by the foul line and came up empty. A walk to Hanley Ramirez (who reached base five times) and a single by Jackie Bradley loaded the bases for Boston with one out, but Shaw fanned and Bryce Brentz grounded back to the mound.

In the fifth, Ramirez walked with two outs and raced around the bases to score on Bradley's double into the right field corner. Boston broke the game open in the seventh. After Archer allowed a one-out single to Dustin Pedroia, Enny Romero came out of the bullpen. Ortiz singled to right and Ramirez singled to right-center, scoring Pedroia. After Bradley forced Ramirez at second, both he and Ortiz scored on Shaw's double to right. Shaw also added a two-run single in the ninth (Pedroia and Bradley each stolen second base in that session).

Ramirez was 2-for-2 with three walks. ... Pedroia and Bradley each scored two runs. ... The bottom third of Boston's order - Brentz, Christian Vazquez, and Marco Hernandez - went 0-for-13, with seven strikeouts. None of them hit the ball out of the infield.
Rick Porcello / Chris Archer
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Shaw, 3B
Brentz, LF
Vazquez, C
Hernandez, SS
Eduardo Rodriguez (6 starts, 8.59 ERA) was sent down to Pawtucket after last night's game. The team have recalled reliever Pat Light.

Dustin Pedroia, on what he said during a mound visit to Rodriguez:
What did I say to Eddie? Do you honestly think I'm going to tell you that? ... I was talking to him about baseball. I talk to all my teammates. Every day. That's about it. ... It's baseball, man. That's why you play 162. I remember the first 40 games when we were outscoring them 760 to zero. So, take it easy. That will change.
The Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first innings of their past 15 games.

Manager John Farrell:
We're capable of more. We need to get better, and we had a chance to share that here after the game tonight. We collectively have to get better. To continue to fall behind as much as we are of late, we're more talented than that. We have the capability of executing pitches at a higher rate. We can't continue to expect our offense to climb out of holes, as we've been. We've got to set the tone and lead the way from the mound more than we are.

June 27, 2016

G76: Rays 13, Red Sox 7

Red Sox - 000 211 021 -  7 12  2
Rays    - 504 010 21x - 13 18  0
The last-place Rays, losers of 11 consecutive games, came out swinging like world-beaters against Eduardo Rodriguez - and the Red Sox lefty did not make it out of the third inning (2.2-11-9-1-2, 75). Tampa Bay's 18 hits were a season-worst for Red Sox pitchers in a game.

The Rays batted around in the first inning, collecting six hits and five runs (Logan Morrison and Nick Franklin each drove in two). The Rays put two more men on base in the second and might have scored if not for Tim Beckham's stupid attempt to steal third base with two outs. Sandy Leon gunned him down easily.

Desmond Jennings homered on Rodriguez's first pitch in the third inning. A double and a single brought home another run before Logan Forsythe hit a two-run moon shot to left to make it 9-0. That, mercifully, ended Rodriguez's night.

Boston made some rustling noises here and there about coming back, but nothing much happened. Bryce Brentz (3-for-4) doubled in two runs with two outs in the fourth - and then made an absolutely boneheaded play by trying for a triple; he was thrown out by 15 feet. David Ortiz walked with the bases loaded in the fifth, making it 9-3. Hanley Ramirez had a chance to close the gap to 9-7, but he was called out on an 0-2 off-speed pitch, and the inning was over.

Marco Hernandez (3-for-4) drove in Boston's fourth run in the sixth. Leon (2-for-4) hit a two-run dong in the eighth. Travis Shaw had a sac fly in the ninth.

And as if what was going on on the field wasn't bad enough, NESN had terrible, bush-league camera work all night long on flies to the outfield. On Ortiz's routine flyout to right in the top of the seventh, NESN panned way up to the back of the bleachers as if they expected the drive to travel 650 feet. Is the pool of available camera operators (and the people who give them instructions) so limited that this is truly the best NESN can do?
Eduardo Rodriguez / Blake Snell
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Brentz, LF
Leon, C
Hernandez, 3B
The Red Sox, losers of 5 of their last 7 games, and 7 of their last 11, have slipped to 4 GB the Orioles in the AL East. Maybe they can get back on track while facing the last-place Rays (who just got swept by Baltimore in a four-game series).

Baltimore will finish June with a home record of 14-3, their best mark in a single month since they went 15-3 in June 1979, on their way to winning the pennant.

David Ortiz still leads the entire planet in OPS, though, at 1.112.

June 26, 2016

G75: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

Red Sox - 000 001 010 - 2  8  1
Rangers - 300 002 10x - 6 10  0
Clay Buchholz's first six batters: single, single, single, single, walk, single.

He then got a double play and, after an intentional walk, the third out. So allowing only three runs seemed almost like a positive thing. Buchholz (5.1-7-5-5-3, 97) managed to stick around until the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run dong to Prince Fielder, a home run that ruined Clay's chances of a Quality Start (!) and effectively sealed the Red Sox's fate.

Note: Buchholz threw a first-pitch strike to each of the first seven Texas hitters in that horrific first inning. While batters certainly fare better proceeding from a 1-0 count than from 0-1, sometimes that factoid, so often tossed out by broadcasters to illustrate a pitcher's success, is little more than bullshit.

Bryce Brentz (2-for-3) hit his first career home run in the sixth inning. David Ortiz drove in an eighth-inning run with a pinch-hit single.

The Orioles beat the Rays 12-5, so the Red Sox, while still in second place, dropped to 4 GB in the East.
Clay Buchholz / Martin Perez
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Brentz, DH
Shaw, 3B
Leon, C
LaMarre, LF
Because the Orioles won two games yesterday, the Red Sox are now 3 GB. The Blue Jays are 4 GB.

June 25, 2016

G74: Rangers 10, Red Sox 3

Red Sox - 010 011 000 -  3  7  2
Rangers - 000 350 20x - 10 11  0

Steven Wright / A.J. Griffin
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Shaw, 3B
Brentz, LF
Vazquez, C
Elias:
The Red Sox rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to complete an 8-7 comeback victory over the Rangers. Boston, which trailed 6-0 at the end of the third inning, had lost its last 120 road games in which it trailed by six or more runs. The Red Sox' last comeback win of that kind on the road was on June 7, 2003 - Boston trailed in Milwaukee by six runs before rallying for an 11-10 victory.

The Red Sox trailed by three runs with two outs in the ninth inning before a RBI-double by Sandy Leon and a two-run homer by Mookie Betts tied up the score. No other team in the majors has won a game this season in which it trailed by three or more runs in the ninth inning or later and had recorded two outs. The last win of that kind for the Red Sox was on September 23, 2003, against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Todd Walker hit a game-tying three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David Ortiz hit a walkoff shot to lead off the bottom of the 10th.

June 24, 2016

G73: Red Sox 8, Rangers 7

Red Sox - 000 202 004 - 8  9  0
Rangers - 312 100 000 - 7 16  0
David Price had one of the worst starts of his career (2.1-12-6-0-1, 59), but somehow the Red Sox came back and won.

Top of the 9th, Boston down 7-4:
Diekman relieved Barnette.
Bradley (ccbbbff) walked.
Brentz (cf) struck out swinging.
Shaw (cbbff) popped out to shortstop.
León hit for Vázquez.
León (c - Bradley to second on indifference - bbffffbff) doubled to left, Bradley scored.
Bush relieved Diekman.
Betts (bc) homered to center, León and Betts scored.
Pedroia (sbbbf) walked.
Bogaerts (bfbbc) singled to right, Pedroia to third.
Ortiz (fsbb - wild pitch, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to second - f) flied out to left.
Koji Uehara struck out the side, all three swinging, in the bottom of the ninth.

Earlier in the game, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Jackie Bradley belted a two-run dong in the sixth.
David Price / Nick Martinez
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Brentz, LF
Shaw, 3B
Vazquez, C
Another Boston left fielder has been hurt. After losing the services of Brock Holt and Blake Swihart, Boston placed Chris Young on the disabled list (right hamstring) and called up Bryce Brentz from Pawtucket.