April 18, 2015

G11: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

Orioles - 000 200 002 - 4 13  1
Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1  7  0
David Ortiz reached base four times, on two singles, a double, and a walk. He also scored Boston's only run.

Brock Holt also had three hits.

Buchholz: 6-11-2-1-7, 102.
Example
Chris Tillman / Clay Buchholz
Holt, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C

April 17, 2015

G10: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

Orioles - 000 110 000 - 2  5  0
Red Sox - 000 020 001 - 3  4  1
Xander Bogaerts's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Mike Napoli with the winning run.

Brian Matusz walked Napoli to start the ninth. Daniel Nava laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Napoli to second. Tommy Hunter came in to pitch. Bogaerts looked at a strike before delivering the game-winning hit, a blooper that fell into shallow right field.

Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run homer (with Bogaerts aboard) in the fifth.

The Red Sox are now 7-3.
Example
Ubaldo Jimenez / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C
           W   L   PCT   GB   RS   RA   DIF
Red Sox    6   3  .667  ---   56   50   + 6
Rays       6   4  .600  0.5   44   44     0
Orioles    5   4  .556  1.0   47   46   + 1
Blue Jays  5   5  .500  1.5   55   43   +12
Yankees    3   6  .333  3.0   45   49   - 4

April 15, 2015

G9: Nationals 10, Red Sox 5

Nationals - 206 000 200 - 10 12  1
Red Sox   - 020 021 000 -  5  7  1
Miley: 2.1-5-7-3-1, 75. ... What more do you need to know?

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. ... Mike Napoli tripled and scored twice. ... Dustin Pedroia had two hits, including a double.
Example
Gio Gonzalez / Wade Miley
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ramirez, LF
Craig, 1B
Napoli, DH
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Holt, 3B
Leon, C

NESN: Apostrophe Abuse

Someone - or, more likely, a group of people - at NESN has no clue about how to use "its" and "it's".

April 14, 2015

G8: Red Sox 8, Nationals 7

Nationals - 010 060 000 - 7 10  3
Red Sox   - 022 100 30x - 8 11  1
After blowing a 5-1 lead, the Red Sox rallied to win - with some serious assistance from the Nationals - by scoring three times in the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit.

Koji Uehara made his season debut, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

Washington committed three errors in the seventh, including two errors on one play by pitcher Blake Treinen. The rally began when shortstop Ian Desmond botched Hanley Ramirez's ground ball and was awarded his sixth error of the young season. Pitcher Craig Stammen hit Shave Victorino in the left shoulder. After Mike Napoli flied to right, Nats manager Matt Williams brought in Treinen.

Before facing pinch-hitter Allen Craig, Treinen made a demonstrative show of faith, removing his cap, placing it over his heart and pointing theatrically to the heavens. His God must have had His back turned at that moment, because Treinen's outing was an utter nightmare. He hit Craig with his first pitch, loading the bases. Then Ryan Hanigan tapped his second pitch to the third base side of the mound. Treinen came in and bobbled the easy grounder, then threw it wildly past the plate. He was charged with two errors on the play - and two Boston runs scored, tying the game at 7-7.

On Treinen's third pitch, Brock Holt grounded to shortstop - and Desmond screwed up yet again. He did not throw home, though he likely had a play on Craig. He looked to third base (?) and chose to throw to first. He got the out, but the go-ahead run scored for Boston.

It was the first time since August 25, 2001 that the Red Sox scored as many as three runs in an inning without the benefit of a hit. ... According to Elias, Boston is the first team in the expansion era (since 1961) to score three or more runs in an inning with no hits and no walks.

Edward Mujica, who pitched a perfect seventh, recorded the first out in the eighth. Junichi Tazawa came in and allowed a two-out single to Yunel Escobar, but struck out Jayson Werth to end the inning. In the ninth, Uehara fanned Bryce Harper for the first out. Ryan Zimmerman crushed a long foul ball that sailed to the left of the Fisk Pole - Williams challenged the call, but it was upheld - before lining to Craig in left. Uehara struck out Clint Robinson to end the game.

Boston battered Strasburg (5.1-10-5-0-5, 109) in the early innings. With Napoli and Holt on base in the second, Mookie Betts ripped a double into the left-field corner and Boston led 2-0. Daniel Nava and Hanigan hit back-to-back run-scoring singles in the third and Dustin Pedroia hit his third home run of the season in the fourth.

Masterson (4.2-8-7-3-4, 93) allowed five of the Nationals' first nine batters to reach base. He then settled down a bit, retiring six in a row into the fourth inning, before giving up two two-out singles. The wheels fell completely off in the fifth. With one out, he hit Werth on a 3-0 pitch. Harper singled to left, Zimmerman walked, and Robinson knocked in a run with a single. Wilson Ramos's groundout scored another run and Desmond's hard single to right brought home two more, tying the score at 5-5. After Masterson plunked Danny Espinosa, he was pulled. Alexi Ogando allowed a two-run double to Michael Taylor, giving Washington a 7-5 lead.

Boston went down in order in the fifth and stranded two men in the sixth before Washington gift-wrapped a three-run rally that helped the Red Sox raise their record to 6-2.

Pablo Sandoval fouled a ball of his left foot in the third inning and left the game in the sixth. ... Pedroia singled twice, homered, and walked. ... Holt had two hits; he is now 7-for-11 this year. ... Napoli and Ramirez scored two runs each.

Example
Stephen Strasburg / Justin Masterson
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Nava, RF
Hanigan, C
Holt, SS

April 13, 2015

G7: Red Sox 9, Nationals 4

Nationals - 000 020 110 - 4  4  1
Red Sox   - 134 001 00x - 9 13  2
Mookie Betts owned the first inning. First, he robbed Bryce Harper of a two-run homer when he sprinted to deep right-center and reached over the short wall in front of the Red Sox bullpen, pulling the ball back.


Then, after walking to begin the home half, he stole two bases on one pitch. David Ortiz was batting and the infield had been shifted over to the right side. Betts slid into second safely, popped up and immediately raced to third, making it safely. Washington challenged the safe calls, but they stood. Then Ortiz singled over Jayson Werth's head in left to bring Betts home.

I guess Betts owned the second inning, as well, since his three-run homer into the Monster Seats gave Boston a 4-0 lead. With one out, Xander Bogaerts reached on an infield error and Sandy Leon singled, setting the table for the Magnificent Mookie. (MookieVision)

The Red Sox batted around in the third. Zimmermann (2.1-9-8-1-0, 70) hit both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Neither batter was amused. Mike Napoli lifted a fly ball to the track in left-center, but center fielder Michael Taylor lost track of the ball and it dropped cleanly to the dirt. The runners could only advance one base, so the sacks were loaded. Shane Victorino popped to second, but Bogaerts squibbed a single into right field, and one run scored. Then Leon hit a routine fly ball to right-center than fell between Taylor and Harper for an RBI-single. Betts followed with a ground ball that shortstop Ian Desmond couldn't handle. Yet another run scored, and Boston led 7-0. That was the end of the afternoon for Zimmermann, who, while he certainly did not pitch well, must have been pissed off at his fielders (giving the Red Sox three additional outs). Facing Tanner Roark, Dustin Pedroia hit a sac fly for the inning's final run.

Boston's remaining run came on an Ortiz dong in the sixth, which a young kid made a nice catch on in the left-center Monster Seats. ... Leon finished the day with three hits; Betts, Ortiz, Sandoval, and Bogaerts each had two. ... Betts and Bogaerts scored two runs apiece. ... Mike Napoli had a great game at first base, digging several low throws out of the dirt.

Porcello (8-4-3-1-6, 112) allowed only one hit through the first four innings. He hit a rough patch in the fifth, throwing 30 pitches and giving up a home run to Ryan Zimmerman and a triple to Clint Robinson (who later scored). Porcello rebounded in the sixth and gave up a couple of meaningless runs in the later innings. ... Junichi Tazawa pitched the ninth, walking one and striking out three.
Example
Jordan Zimmermann / Rick Porcello
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Leon, C
Red Sox home opener!

Koji Uehara is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.

April 12, 2015

G6: Yankees 14, Red Sox 4

Red Sox - 000 310 000 -  4  8  1
Yankees - 700 303 01x - 14 16  1
As good as Buchholz was in his first start, that's how bad he was in his second. By the time Buchholz (3.1-9-10-2-3, 79) recorded his second out, the Yankees led by seven runs.

Buchholz walked Jacoby Ellsbury, who raced to third when Brett Gardner squibbed a single through the infield into left. Carlos Beltran grounded into a fielder's choice, and Ellsbury scored. Mark Teixeira walked and Brian McCann reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. With the bases loaded, Alex Rodriguez slammed a double to the gap in left-center, bringing in three runs. Chase Headley crushed a two-run home run to right and Stephen Drew followed with a solo shot to right-center.

Although Buchholz retired the next seven batters, he did not make it out of the fourth inning. Boston had cut the lead to 7-3 with a rally in the top half, with Xander Bogaerts's two-run double being the big blow. Buchholz gave those runs right back, allowing singles to the first four New York batters - Didi Gregorius, Ellsbury, Gardner, and Beltran. A sac fly by Teixeira made it 10-3, and ended Clay's night.

Hanley Ramirez homered in the fifth. ... Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval had two hits each. ... Napoli singled (snapping an 0-for-18 start to the season) and walked twice.
Example
Clay Buchholz / Masahiro Tanaka
Betts, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Hanigan, C
Boston (4-1) goes for a three-game sweep of the Yankees as Buchholz hopes to continue the success he had against the Phillies (seven shutout innings) on Opening Day. "Mechanically, I'm in a lot better spot," Buchholz said. "I feel like I'm within my delivery with every pitch. ... I feel like I know my mechanics better than I did at any point last year."

Tanaka lasted only four innings in his first start, throwing 82 pitches and allowing five runs. He avoided throwing his fastball, causing some concerns about the slightly torn ligament in his right elbow.

Schadenfreude 181 (A Continuing Series)

Ace of Baseball Stats tweets:
Yankees are hitting .193 through 5 games ... their worst BA thru 5 since 1968 (.176).

The Yankees have played 327 outs this season. They have held a lead for 5 of those outs.

The Yankees have not led a full inning from start to finish this season.
George A. King III, Post:
If you believe early patterns shape the long-term picture, the opening five-game stretch of the Yankees' season serves as an example this could get ugly.

Essentially the same bats that got hitting coach Kevin Long fired with a year on a contract remained silent in a ballpark built for hitters until the game was out of reach ...

Since the Yankees didn't hit, pitch, catch or throw the ball with any degree of success, it wasn't hard to ask why the hosts were embarrassed by their blood rivals ... after losing in 19 innings Friday night.
Anthony McCarron, Daily News:
Looking every bit like an exhausted team that had played a marathon the night before, the Yankees got beaten again by Boston Saturday afternoon, a mostly-lifeless 8-4 loss at the Stadium that dropped them to 1-4. ...

The Yankees, who were supposed to be improved defensively, suffered errors by Alex Rodriguez – who was making his debut at first base – John Ryan Murphy and Chase Headley. ...

What might be worse is their anemic offense. No one in the Yankee lineup could do much against a pitcher who was previously known in Yankeeland for his wife's hilarious tweet last season. ...

Thanks to the way they played Saturday afternoon, the Yanks might have another night's sleep wrecked, too.
Joel Sherman, Post:
These first five games for the Yankees could have gone worse. Pinstripes could have been outlawed or Monument Park could have become contaminated or all fans could have received David Ortiz bobblehead dolls.

But aside from that, this has been just about as miserable a five games as could be imagined.

The Yankees have played 55 innings and have led in one.

To date, they can't hit, field or run the bases. Their starting pitching has been, at best, ordinary and their relief has not been as good as advertised. ...

The pinnacle of their season, to date, was being plucky on Friday night to keep coming back late before losing 6-5 to Boston in 19 innings. The Yankees actually played highlights of their big hits before Saturday's game. This is what they are reduced to these days — bragging about positive achievements in losses.

Talk about stuff that would make George Steinbrenner vomit.
Bill Madden, Daily News:
They sure couldn't be much worse — with Masahiro Tanaka's second start Sunday night now looming larger than ever for what is ominously looking like one of the worst Yankee teams in decades.
And from earlier in the week(end):

Ken Davidoff, Post:
OK, so just take Thursday, in its entirety. Bottle it, replicate it and serve it over the next six months.

Voila! You have perfected the recipe for the 2015 Yankees' nightmare: Bad, boring and overshadowed by their long-suffering neighbors to the southeast. ...

The Yankees began this season as a club that looked decidedly mediocre, and the tiny sample size of one series hasn't altered that view whatsoever. ...

And as it happens, 2015 is the Mets' long-planned target for rising from a six-year slumber and reaffirming relevance. ...

New York hasn't been a Mets town in a very long time. The Yankees, through their own timeline, might wind up as an accomplice in this changing of the guard. Especially if Thursday night proves to be an undesired template.
Ken Davidoff, Post:
As they try to avoid a third straight season of missing the playoffs, Joe Girardi's bunch played the Yankees' longest home game ever Friday night into Saturday morning. That they lost the contest, 6-5 in 19 innings to the Red Sox in the inaugural rivalry game of the year, served as yet another negative indicator on a squad filled with them. ...

[T]he Yankees continued a young trend by going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and that ultimately cost them, as did the recurring trend of base running ineptitude. Gardner got caught stealing second base in the eighth, and he got picked off first base in the 17th. ...

The Yankees displayed plenty of fight on this night into morning, and maybe this game can register positively down the line. More likely, though, it will go down as the sort of game that characterizes their season: Just not good enough, on the road to the wrong kind of history.