This time, the Red Sox didn’t have a pitcher go the distance, in-fact, they did the exact opposite.
“It’s pretty cool”, Longoria said. Prior to Hill, the last Red Sox pitcher to strike out at least 10 batters in each of his first two road appearances of the season was Daisuke Matsuzaka in April of 2007. What do I do during the anthem?
What is significant about the Red Sox announcement that Mike Hazen has been promoted to general manager is what it says about Dave Dombrowski.
“I think tonight, Wade was outstanding for the first two times through the order”, said Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo. “They do a good job on the whole”.
Baltimore’s offense could not accumulate any runs for the second-straight game and they fell to four-and-a-half games out of the Wild Card spot.
LF Steve Pearce started a relay that nailed Dustin Pedroia at home in the third inning.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman delivers during… “It doesn’t happen in August or whatever, and that’s a whole different thing”. Cherington, Hazen et al got some things right.
Breslow, now in his 10th season, threw 55 pitches in his first career start, which came at the age of 35.
Six other relievers got the Sox to the finish line, including a two-inning outing for Matt Barnes and single frames for Heath Hembree and Jonathan Aro. “But I think those guys over there understand the way I play and it wasn’t a dirty play”. Fortunately they were willing to share their secrets.
The 6-foot-5 Dominican has a career 2-3 record against the Sox with a 7.96 ERA over 10 starts and 46 1/3 innings.
One of those five scored the game’s first run in the seventh, when old friend Daniel Nava knocked an RBI single through the right side. Alexi Ogando, Tommy Layne, and Noe Ramirez each got an out in the eighth inning.
Holt’s efforts lead to another Boston run in the sixth inning. In the sixth, with two outs Holt drove home Rusney Castillo, who had doubled earlier in the frame. It very much reminded me of what Erik Bedard looked like in 2007 in his 13-5 season before being traded to bring back Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, etc. Bedard was awesome that year, and that is what Hill was on Friday night. Rich Hill threw his arms up in celebration and the game was over in epic fashion!
Sandoval has pneumonia, the Red Sox found out yesterday. He’s scheduled to be evaluated Saturday. Xander, Mookie and David Ortiz – these are the only positional players that are guaranteed to be with the team at the start of 2016. The Orioles were victorious over the Rays 2-1 the last time Chen pitched. His only truly good season was an 11-8 year with the Cubs in 2007 (3.92 ERA in 195 innings).
The back-to-back shutouts are the first for the Sox since 2011 and the first in consecutive home games since 2006.
Tuesday’s win was the 100th of Jimenez’s career, and it allowed him to double his win total from last season, when he went 6-9. He most recently faced Boston September 15 when he went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in the Orioles’ 6-5 win.