Red Sox @ Rangers Game 3 (7-5-17)

The Sox winning streak has come to an end. They managed a 6 gamer for the second time this season and now enjoy a 4 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. During the streak they got outstanding performances from Betts, who had 8 RBI’s in one game, Benintendi, who had a 2 homer game and Pedroia, who had a 4 RBI game. They seemed to be taking turns carrying the offense at one point and the result was the streak, the last 5 of which were won on the road. Last night’s game was a disaster, however, as Fister gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings and then Scott continued his slump out of the bullpen and gave up 2 more. The final was 8-2. Continue reading

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Twins @ Red Sox Game 4 (6-29-17)

The Sox played a good game last night after losing game 3 to the Twins on Wednesday night. The win puts them back in first place by a game and means they took 3 of 4 from the Twins in the series. Betts hit a homer as did Ramirez, which are both good signs. If these two can really get going, we may have something going forward. Price pitched 7 and gave up only the 3 runs, so it was a good game for him. We came back from a 3-0 deficit to win this one, so it was good to see them come from behind to win one for a change. Bradley also had a good game, as did Marrero, the later getting two RBI’s and finally hitting a double. He had been struggling at the plate so long it was good to see him finally get a hit. It was a good game and a fine win. The final was 6-3! Continue reading

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Twins @ Red Sox Game 2 (6-27-17)

After losing their second straight series against the Royals and then the Angels, the Sox have bounced back and won the last two games against the Twins. Last nights game saw plenty of offense as the Twins bullpen struggled after two rain delays that delayed the game by about 2 hours. So, it was a late one last night as I stayed up to see the end. Vazquez had a good night as he went 1 for 2, the hit being a 2 run homer in the 2nd that gave the Sox a 2-0 lead before the second rain delay. Young also homered in this one, a 3 run blast in the 6th that rounded out the Sox scoring. It was good to see them finally produce on the offensive side and we really want to see more of the same. The final was 9-2. Continue reading

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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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