July 4, 2015

G83: Red Sox 6, Astros 1

Astros  - 000 000 001 - 1  6  2
Red Sox - 110 011 02x - 6 11  0
Clay Buchholz (9-6-1-0-8, 110) pitched his first complete game of the season. In his last 10 starts, dating back to May 15, Buchholz has a 1.99 ERA. Those look like Ace numbers to me.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with two doubles and 3 RBI. ... Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. ... Sandy Leon went 3-for-4 and scored twice. ... Shane Victorino was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Example
Collin McHugh / Clay Buchholz
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sanodval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Victorino, RF
Leon, C
Shane Victorino returns, starting his first game since May 23. Also, Steven Wright has been recalled, with Noe Ramirez being sent down.

July 3, 2015

G82: Astros 12, Red Sox 8 (10)

Astros  - 000 500 210 4 - 12 17  2
Red Sox - 020 030 210 0 -  8 11  1
With the game on the line in the eighth and tenth innings, John Farrell, the team's brilliant in-game tactician, chose to rely on Craig Breslow and Noe Ramirez, respectively. ... For some odd reason, those two decisions did not turn out to be wise ones.
Example
Dan Straily / Justin Masterson
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
De Aza, RF
Hanigan, C
The Red Sox return home for a eight-game homestand against the Astros, Marlins, and Yankees. ... After the All-Star Break, they head west to Anaheim and Houston.

David Ortiz:
If we finish the first half of the season playing the way we have lately, it'll give you hope for the second half, especially when you're in a division where there's not too many games apart. We played the worst the first couple months of the season and we're still six, seven games away.
AL East
BAL  42  37  ---
MFY  42  37  ---
FKR  42  39  1.0
TOR  42  39  1.0
BOS  37  44  6.0

July 2, 2015

G81: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 6

Red Sox   - 800 000 310 - 12 19  1
Blue Jays - 040 000 002 -  6 14  1
The first eight Red Sox batters reached base and scored - and the game was 21 minutes old before the Blue Jays recorded an out. Toronto starter Matt Boyd (0-6-7-1-0, 28) threw fewer pitches than three of the relievers that followed him to the Skydome mound.

The highlight of Boyd's second big league start was getting ahead of Mookie Betts 0-2. Then Betts (3-for-6) lined a single to left. Brock Holt (4-for-6) grounded a single to right. Xander Bogaerts (4-for-6) lined an RBI-single to center. David Ortiz hit an opposite field three-run home run (off a lefty!). Hanley Ramirez followed with a solo bomb to the second deck in left-centre. Pablo Sandoval singled to right and Mike Napoli walked.

Liam Hendriks came out of the pen and Alejandro De Aza promptly tripled to left-centre, scoring two more runs. Ryan Hanigan - reactivated from the disabled list - popped to second, which caused a standing ovation at Skydome. Betts singled in De Aza, making it 8-0. Holt lined a pitch off Hendriks's foot, and the ball caromed over to third baseman Josh Donaldson. The umpires ruled that Betts interfered with Donaldson, despite the fact that Betts tried to both stop running into the fielder and get out of his way. Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop to end the festivities.

The Boston bats went quiet for the next couple of innings and Wade Miley made every Red Sox fan feel like this would be one of those horrific games in which the bats go into hibernation and the opposing team chips away at the lead before finally coming out on top. In five innings, Miley (5-7-4-7-2, 103) allowed seven hits and seven walks. Toronto sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs. They brought the potential tying run to the plate and left the bases loaded. And although the Jays did not score in the fourth, Miley left the bases filled in that frame, as well.

Boston purchased some insurance runs in the seventh, with De Aza, Betts, and Bogaerts driving in runs.

The Red Sox set a season-high mark with 19 hits. Holt and Bogaerts each had four hits. De Aza went 3-for-5, with a single, double, triple, and four RBI. Betts went 3-for-6.
Example
Wade Miley / Matt Boyd

Larry Lucchino says he is "a little embarrassed" by the Red Sox's performance this season.

July 1, 2015

G80: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 2

Red Sox   - 000 000 110 -  2  6  1
Blue Jays - 521 001 02x - 11 16  0
Example
Rick Porcello / Mark Buehrle

Happy Canada Day!

Boston is now only 6 GB in the East, after being a season-high 10 games out on June 20. The Red Sox have won five of their last seven games and nine of their last 14.

June 30, 2015

G79: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Red Sox   - 211 000 000 - 4  7  0
Blue Jays - 000 100 200 - 3  6  1

Example
Eduardo Rodriguez / Marco Estrada
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
De Aza, LF
Swihart, C
Bradley, RF
Pablo Sandoval is a hacker - he swings at nearly half of all pitches outside the strike zone - so when he admits he's never swung at a higher pitch before, you know you gotta see the video.

Hanley Ramirez hopes to be in tonight's lineup.

The Red Sox are 7 GB in the East, the closest the team has been to first place since June 13. ... Baseball Prosepctus gives Boston a 3.5% chance at winning the division and a 6.4% chance at being one of the two wild cards. ... Fangraphs gives them a 6.4% chance at the East and 11% at a WC spot.

June 29, 2015

G78: Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1

Red Sox   - 002 010 000 - 3  7  0
Blue Jays - 000 001 000 - 1  5  0
Xander Bogaerts doubled home two runs in the third inning and that was all the support Clay Buchholz (8-5-1-0-5, 96) needed.

Mookie Betts singled and tripled and scored twice. ... Alejandro De Aza went 3-for-4.

Because the Rays and Orioles both lost, the Red Sox are now 7 GB in the East.
Example
Clay Buchholz / R.A. Dickey
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
De Aza, LF
Leon, C
Bradley, RF
After taking two of three in Tampa Bay, the Red Sox begin a four-game series in Toronto.

In his last nine starts dating back to May 10, Clay Buchholz has a 2.48 ERA and has allowed more than three earned runs only twice.

The Red Sox are 8 GB the Rays and the Orioles in the East.