Red Sox @ Royals Game 3 (6-21-17)

The Sox had the game under control and it looked like another win until the bottom of the 8th. The bullpen, which had been so good lately, was sure to hold the Royals and give us the win. Unfortunately it was the pen that fell apart and resulted in the loss last night. Barnes started the inning and quickly walked the first 2 batters since he couldn’t seem to find the strike zone. Then Scott came in and we are still thinking all will be fine as he will get the job done. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the strike zone either and promptly walked the next batter and then gave up a grand slam homer that turned a 4-2 victory into a 6-4 loss. We have not seen the pen perform so poorly even once this season before last night, so we can only hope they are not setting a precedent for future games. If they have, we are in big trouble as they have been a big reason for any success we have had this year. If they are going to pitch like that now, the season is over.  Continue reading

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Red Sox @ Astros Game 3 (6-18-17)

The Red Sox played a great game last night on ESPN to defeat the Astros and win the series 2-1. Price had a very poor night on the mound, but even as he struggled managed to keep the Astros to only 3 runs in 5+ innings. The Astros threatened to score in every inning but Price got out of most of his trouble. The Astros led 2-1 after 5, but the Sox came out and scored 4 runs in the top of the 6th to take a 5-2 lead. The game was far from over. The Astros then scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th with a homer off Price and then a homer off Hembree. The bullpen run was the first run allowed by the pen in 26 innings, but the Astros weren’t finished. The Sox scored another run in the top of the 7th and then held the score at 6-4 until the bottom of the 8th. The Astros almost tied it as the Sox pen (Barnes and Scott) walked the bases loaded and then gave up a single with one out that would have tied the score if it were not for Benintendi in left. He fielded the ball and threw a perfect strike home that nailed Altuve trying to score from second almost right behind the base runner from 3rd. That would be the difference in the game as Kimbrel got another save, but Benintendi really saved the game with his great throw. The game ended with Vazquez throwing out a would-be base stealer at second as the Astros desperately tried to get the tying run into scoring position. The final was 6-5! Continue reading

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Red Sox @ Phillies Game 2 (6-15-17)

Well the Sox managed to win 3 of 4 from the Phillies, but forgot to show up again offensively last night. Or was it that the Phillies pitcher had such a great game. Either way, they managed only 5 hits and no runs in the loss. Sale, who was pitching for the Sox, tried awfully hard to win the game all by himself, but he was unable to do it alone. He had a base hit with the bases loaded and 2 out taken away from him by a great play by the Philly short stop. Then in the 8th inning, he led off with a great double and then hustled to third on a fly out to right. The Sox then failed to get him in as he found he could not win all by himself as he needed at least some help on offense. He then gave up a run on 2 hits in the bottom of the 8th (he gave up only 4 hits all game) and the Phillies scored the only run they would need to win this one. The Sox went 3 up, 3 down in the 9th and the gave was over as an abysmal 1-0 loss. Continue reading

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Phillies @ Red Sox Game 1 (6-12-17)

Coming off a winning series in which the Sox won 2 of 3 against the Detroit Tigers the Sox had a good win against the Phillies last night. The game went into extra innings thanks to a solo home run by Ramirez in the 8th that tied the score. Pedroia came through with two on and one out with an opposite field base hit that gave them the walk off win. It was an exciting game, if a long one, that saw the Sox come back from a 4-0 deficit to tie it in the 4th. Porcello then gave up a 5th run to the opposition in the 5th and that score held until the 8th when Ramirez finally tied it. One could not help but think that the Sox would never come back as they went through almost 4 scoreless innings in the middle to late innings, though the bullpen did an excellent job keeping the Phillies total score the same for 5 innings. Porcello did poorly again, giving up the 5 runs on 10 hits in only 6 innings of work. In the end the Sox came out on top with a 6-5 victory. Continue reading

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Red Sox @ Yankees Game 3 (7-8-17)

On Tuesday night the Sox managed to etch out a win by shutting down the powerful Yankee offense in the 9th inning for a final of 5-4. Then they proceeded on the next two nights to get slaughtered by that same Yankee offense. There isn’t much you can say about those two games except that the offense seemed to forget to show up and when the Yankees came to the plate the pitching was made to look third rate at best. Wednesday night the final was 8-0 and then last night the Sox scored one run that was really a gift on an error and a past ball. So,they didn’t earn a single run in two games. They are going to have to do better than that if they want to make progress against the Yanks, who are now 3 games ahead of them for the division lead. Let’s just hope they are not falling into a slump from which there will be no return. Actually, even in Tuesday’s win they only had 5 hits and didn’t do any better than that the game before that against the Orioles. Let’s get it together boys and give us some hits tonight against Detroit. We can’t win games without them. Last night’s final was 9-1. Continue reading

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