August 21, 2014

G127: Angels 2, Red Sox 0

Angels  - 100 000 100 - 2  9  0
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  1  0
The Red Sox had three baserunners:

The Hit: Will Middlebrooks's two-out double in the seventh.

The Walk: Mookie Betts, with two outs in the eighth.

The HBP: Brock Holt, leading off the first.
Example
Matt Shoemaker / Rubby De La Rosa
Holt, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Nava, RF
Cespedes, LF
Craig, DH
Johnson, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Betts, CF
Vazquez, C
The Angels will try to sweep a four-game series against the Red Sox for the first time in more than 53 years (May 18-20, 1961).

Author Appearance: Professor Thom's, New York City, September 2

I will be signing copies of Don't Let Us Win Tonight at Professor Thom's, a Red Sox bar in Manhattan, on Tuesday evening, September 2.

The Red Sox will be in New York playing the Yankees that night, and I'll be at the bar during the game, which starts at 7 PM.

Thom's boasts a 41-foot bar and 17 LCD televisions. It's located at 219 Second Avenue, between 13th and 14th Street. Phone: 212-260-9480.

Feel free to stop by and say hello whether you're buying a book or not.

August 20, 2014

G126: Angels 8, Red Sox 3

Angels  - 000 150 101 - 8 11  2
Red Sox - 111 000 000 - 3 11  0
David Ortiz went 4-for-4 and hit his 30th home run of the year.

Ortiz has reached base four times in each the first three games of the Angels series, the first Boston player to reach base 4+ times in three straight games in 12 years (Johnny Damon, June 3-5, 2002).

Ortiz has hit 30+ home runs in eight seasons for the Red Sox, tying Ted Williams for the most seasons in team history.
Example
Garrett Richards / Clay Buchholz
Holt, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Nava, RF
Johnson, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Betts, CF
Ross, C
From ESPNBoston:

Highest ERA in a season by a Red Sox pitcher (min. 20 starts)
2011  John Lackey       6.41
2000  Ramon Martinez    6.13
1964  Jack Lamabe       5.89
2014  Clay Buchholz     5.79
2010  Josh Beckett      5.78

August 19, 2014

G125: Angels 4, Red Sox 3

Angels  - 003 000 001 - 4  9  0
Red Sox - 100 011 000 - 3  8  0
Example
Jered Weaver / Allen Webster
Holt, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, LF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Betts, CF
Vazquez, C

August 18, 2014

G124: Angels 4, Red Sox 2

Angels  - 002 000 020 - 4  7  0
Red Sox - 000 100 001 - 2  9  2
Example
C.J. Wilson / Brandon Workman
Holt, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Betts, CF
Vazquez, C
Alex Speier, WEEI: Are The Red Sox Too Dependent On David Ortiz?

Ortiz, from this spring:
I'm 38 years old and I'm still the center of attention in the lineup. It shouldn't be like that. It shouldn't be like that. We should have a couple of studs in their 20s doing more than what I do. ... Guys my age are supposed to be complementary players. Nobody signs guys my age to be 'The Man.' If you look at every team, 'The Man' are guys in their prime.
Ortiz leads all MLB hitters with 91 RBI. ... He leads the Red Sox in slugging, but Mike Napoli has a slightly higher OPS (.845 to .841).

Jackie Bradley Sent To Pawtucket, Mookie Betts Called Up


The Red Sox have sent Jackie Bradley to Pawtucket and called up Mookie Betts.

Although Bradley has played superbly in center field, he has hit only .216/.288/.290, with strikeouts in 28.7% of his plate appearances. Although there was a fourteen-game stretch (June 29 to July 21) in which he batted .375, Bradley has gone 8-for-62 (.129) since then.

In 13 games this season, Betts is hitting .244/.279/.366. ... Betts has hit .386 in his last 10 games with the PawSox.

August 17, 2014

G123: Astros 8, Red Sox 1

Astros  - 061 000 001 - 8 11  0
Red Sox - 001 000 000 - 1  8  0
Joe Kelly (4-7-7-6-3, 91) allowed a career-worst six walks and a career-worst seven runs. He also gave up a grand slam to Jose Altuve (4-for-5). ... Kelly has issued 13 walks in his first three Boston starts.

On the plus side, Jackie Bradley singled twice and walked in three plate appearances. ... Will Middlebrooks also had two hits. ... Daniel Nava hit an RBI-double. ... Steven Wright helped out the bullpen by pitching the last four innings (4-4-1-0-4, 51).
Example
Collin McHugh / Joe Kelly
Holt, 2B
Nava, RF
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Johnson, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
Butler, C
Dustin Pedroia - who turns 31 today - is out with flu-like symptoms.

Steven Wright was called up from Pawtucket, while Corey Brown was designated for assignment.

August 16, 2014

G122: Red Sox 10, Astros 7

Astros  - 212 100 001 -  7 12  1
Red Sox - 012 040 03x - 10 13  0
David Ortiz hit two home runs and a double, and drove in six runs, as the Red Sox rallied from being down 5-1 and 6-3.

Ortiz's first dong of the night - a two-run shot to center in the third - was his 400th as a Red Sock. He hit #401 two innings later. It was his 45th multi-HR game.

David Ortiz became the quickest Red Sox hitter to reach 400 home runs: Ortiz (1,630 games), Ted Williams (1,745), and Carl Yastrzemski (2,804).

Red Sox stat guy Jon Shestakofsky reports: "This is the first time David Ortiz has had 3 different multi-RBI hits in a game."

Ortiz now has 459 career dingers, tying him with Adam Dunn for 35th place all-time.

Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli each had two hits. And four Boston players - Brock Holt, Pedroia, Ortiz, and Napoli - scored two runs each.

Rubby De La Rosa lasted only four innings (4-9-6-4-2, 89).

Example
Brad Peacock / Rubby De La Rosa
Holt, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C

David Ortiz: Mo'ne Davis "Throws Serious Cheese"

Mo'ne Davis, 13, became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. She plays for the Taney Dragons (Philadelphia).

Davis allowed only two hits in six innings. She did not walk anyone and struck out eight, as Taney beat Nashville, Tennessee, 4-0.

David Ortiz: "She throws serious cheese. She can pitch."

Davis's fastball has been clocked at 70 mph. She's got a hell of a curveball, too.

Cool sidebar: Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, 78 and the only female pitcher in the history of the Negro Leagues, was at the LLWS game.