September 17, 2014

G152: Pirates 9, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1  5  1
Pirates - 131 040 00x - 9 15  1
Example
Clay Buchholz / Francisco Liriano
Betts, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Craig, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Castillo, CF
Vazquez, C
Buchholz, P
Rusney Castillo will make his major league debut tonight.

September 16, 2014

G151: Pirates 4, Red Sox 0

Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  7  1
Pirates - 020 001 10x - 4  7  0
Example
Anthony Ranaudo / Charlie Morton
Betts, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Nava, RF
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Ranaudo, P

September 14, 2014

G150: Red Sox 8, Royals 4

Red Sox - 003 004 100 - 8  8  0
Royals  - 040 000 000 - 4  9  0
Daniel Nava and Xander Bogaerts each drove in four runs.

Bogaerts (3-for-4) hit a three-run homer in the third and added a sac fly in the seventh. ... Nava hit a grand slam in the sixth. ... Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 and scored twice. ... David Ross walked twice and scored two runs. ... Joe Kelly: 6-5-4-2-3, 99.
Example
Joe Kelly / Jason Vargas
Betts, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Craig, 1B
Nava, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Ross, C
Bradley, CF
Semi-Random MFY Note: In 35 games since August 3, Derek Jeter is hitting .177/.213/.199.

September 13, 2014

G149: Royals 7, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 001 000 000 - 1  4  1
Royals  - 200 300 02x - 7 12  1
Example
Rubby De La Rosa / Jeremy Guthrie
Betts, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Nava, RF
Napoli, 1B
Bradley, CF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Vazquez, C

September 12, 2014

G148: Red Sox 4, Royals 2

Red Sox - 003 010 000 - 4  8  0
Royals  - 000 200 000 - 2  4  1
Example
Allen Webster / Yordano Ventura
Betts, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Nava, DH
Cespedes, LF
Craig, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Weeks, 2B

September 11, 2014

G147: Red Sox 6, Royals 3

Red Sox - 012 100 020 - 6  9  1
Royals  - 020 001 000 - 3  6  3
Example
Clay Buchholz / Liam Hendriks
Betts, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Weeks, 2B
The Royals (80-64) lead the AL Central by one game over the Tigers, who have the day off.

September 10, 2014

Pedroia Will Have Left Hand Surgery On Thursday

Dustin Pedroia, bothered for most of the season by inflammation in his left hand and wrist, will have surgery tomorrow in Boston. Why the Red Sox continued playing Pedroia at second base for weeks of meaningless games before having this problem properly taken care of is a mystery.

ESPNBoston notes: "This will be the third successive year in which Pedroia will have had surgery for a hand injury. In addition to repairing his ulnar collateral ligament last November, Pedroia had a pin inserted into his right pinkie finger in October 2012."

G146: Orioles 10, Red Sox 6

Orioles - 006 020 002 - 10 15  0
Red Sox - 000 000 105 -  6  8  1
I tuned in to NESN during the bottom of the ninth inning to hear some wisdom from analyst Steve Lyons. He was apparently talking about the excessive length of baseball games and he proposed a great suggestion to "speed the game up". Umpires should "call more strikes". Apparently, Lyons believes umpires should call more strikes no matter where the pitched ball is in relation to the strike zone defined by the rule book. Doing so would "force batters to swing the bat" - and games would go faster.

That's the level of analysis you get on NESN.

This loss also officially eliminated the Red Sox from all playoff contention. ... Wait 'til next year!
Example
Wei-Yin Chen / Brandon Workman
Betts, CF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Craig, 1B
Nava, RF
Rivero, 3B
Butler, C
Weeks, 2B

September 9, 2014

G145: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

Orioles - 202 000 000 - 4 10  0
Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1  8  0
Daniel Nava, Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Rivero (appearing in his second MLB game) each had two hits.

Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the fourth.

Matt Barnes made his major league debut, pitching the final three innings (3-3-0-0-2, 38).
Example
Chris Tillman / Anthony Ranaudo
Betts, CF
Nava, RF
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Weeks, 2B
Vazquez, C
ESPN's Kyle Brasseur tweets: "Farrell revealed Dustin Pedroia has been dealing with a left hand injury that an MRI showed inflammation of. Could be shutdown for season ... Red Sox still gathering information on the injury before making a decision"

Pedroia has posted career-worst numbers in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage this season (not counting his brief call-up at the end of 2006).

September 8, 2014

G144: Orioles 4, Red Sox 0

Orioles - 010 002 100 - 4  7  1
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0  7  3
Example
Miguel Gonzalez / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Middlebrooks, 3B
Ross, C

September 7, 2014

G143: Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1

Blue Jays - 000 030 000 - 3  9  0
Red Sox   - 000 001 000 - 1  6  1
Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts each had two hits. Bogaerts drove in Boston's lone run.
Example
R.A. Dickey / Rubby De La Rosa
Betts, RF
Nava, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Cespedes, DH
Bogaerts, SS
Craig, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C

September 6, 2014

G142: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Blue Jays - 100 000 200 - 3  8  0
Red Sox   - 111 100 00x - 4  8  0
Example
A.J. Happ / Clay Buchholz
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Craig, RF
Middlebrooks, 3B
Vazquez, C

September 5, 2014

G141: Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 8 (10)

Blue Jays - 200 002 020 2 - 8 13  1
Red Sox   - 111 000 030 3 - 9 16  0
Wow. This was Boston's first win in a game in which they trailed by at least two runs in extra innings since July 20, 1988.

Facing Casey Janssen in the bottom of the 10th:
Mookie Betts singled to center.
Xander Bogaerts singled to left.
Christian Vazquez singled on a bunt to second, loading the bases.
Will Middlebrooks singled to left, scoring Betts, loading the bases.
Jemile Weeks pinch-ran for Vazquez.
Dustin Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Bogaerts.
David Ortiz was safe at first on an infield error, loading the bases.
Yoenis Cespedes singled to deep center, scoring Weeks.
Cespedes went 4-for-6 and drove in two runs; he also stole third. Bogaerts had three hits and two RBI. Betts scored three runs.
Example
Drew Hutchison / Allen Webster
Holt, 3B
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Cespedes, LF
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Betts, CF
Bogaerts, SS
Vazquez, C

September 4, 2014

G140: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 102 010 000 - 4  7  0
Yankees - 003 000 002 - 5  7  1
David Ortiz hit two home runs to give Boston an early 3-0 lead. After New York tied the game, Brock Holt homered to put the Red Sox up 4-3. But then Koji Uehara allowed two solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Example
Brandon Workman / Chris Capuano

September 3, 2014

G139: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1  6  0
Yankees - 020 010 20x - 5 11  0
Yep, too much to ask.
Example
Anthony Ranaudo / Hiroki Kuroda

I will be at this game - my 22nd major league park. (Info on the first games at the other 21 parks is here.) ... Would a repeat of last night be too much to ask?

September 2, 2014

G138: Red Sox 9, Yankees 4

Red Sox - 204 100 002 - 9 12  1
Yankees - 001 020 001 - 4  7  0
Xander Bogaerts had four hits: two singles, double, home run. Daniel Nava hit a three-run bomb. Mookie Betts also homered, and singled twice. Yoenis Cespedes singled, doubled and tripled.
Example
Joe Kelly / Shane Greene

I will be signing copies of Don't Let Us Win Tonight at Professor Thom's, a Red Sox bar in Manhattan, this evening at 7 PM, during the Red Sox/Yankees game. If you are in the area, come over to 219 Second Avenue (between 13th/14th Streets) and say Hello. And take home a signed hard cover for only $20 (while supplies last).

September 1, 2014

G137: Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)

Red Sox - 001 100 010 0 - 3  6  0
Rays    - 003 000 000 1 - 4  9  0
Example
Rubby De La Rosa / Drew Smyly