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Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two



Boston Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two

The Boston Red Sox played a baseball game on Saturday that lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes with 512 pitches thrown. Unfortunately for them, the New York Yankees snagged the victory with a 3-run top of the 16th inning.

Boston had ace Chris Sale on the mound who had a spectacular performance. Sale went 7.2 innings giving up just 3 base hits while striking out 13 Yankee batters. Despite the stellar start, Boston lost the game 4-1.

Sale after the game stated that the past two games against the Yankees have been something special for him and the team.

“The last two games here have probably been the funnest two games I’ve ever been a part of. The energy in the ballpark, the fans have really come alive. As players we appreciate that. We feel that, we hear them. So yeah, it’s hard not to get hyped up when you’re playing a division rival in a packed house going crazy”

When Sale came out in the eighth inning to give the ball to Craig Kimbrel, he had all the confidence in the world in the Sox closer.

“Having him back there is huge. He’s one of the best in the game if not the best in the game. As a competitor, I want to stay out there. I want to finish the inning. But it makes it a little easier when you’re passing the ball to someone like him.”

Craig Kimbrel though did not live up to his success he has had this season.

Kimbrel went up 1.1 innings but was given his 3rd blown save of the year by giving up a game tying home run to Matt Holliday in the top of the ninth inning. With a double header on Sunday, this was not what either team needed.

Behind Kimbrel, John Farrell ended up using almost his entire bullpen with an addition of Doug Fister.

Heath Hembree, Robby Scott, Blaine Boyer, and Brandon Workman all pitched one hitless inning apiece. The Red Sox reliever that broke up the 4-no-hit innings was Fernando Abad who went .1 innings giving up a base hit and a walk.

Fister came in having been asked to throw out of the bullpen with Matt Barnes unavailable due to too two innings of work on Friday night. First went 2.2 innings giving up 4 base hits and 3 earned runs in what could have been his last appearance with Boston.

Offensively Boston was a train wreck. They recorded 8 base hits over the course of 16 innings of baseball with the only Boston run plated coming in the third inning of the game. That only run also failed to impress. Mitch Moreland drove in Bostons run with a sacrifice fly.

Technically the game was played under protest by Boston.

Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after a non-call in the 11th.

Matt Holliday led off with a walk and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday ran back towards first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts‘ throw arrived.

Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.

After the game, the Crew Chief, Gary Cederstrom, had an interesting exchange with an AP reporter about the incident.

What was the ruling on the play in the 11th inning on the Holiday play?

“He was out at second and Ellsbury safe at first.”

What was the argument about?

“Whether Holliday should be called out for interference or not.”

When you go to the replay, what is it that for?

“That is to do with the rules check. That isn’t to look at the play. That is a rule check. John wanted to protest it”

Rules check was you can’t review, it?

“No, the rules of interference. He wanted him called out for interference running the bases and we told him, No we can’t.

In your judgment, you didn’t see any sort of interference?

“No, It’s under protest so the rest of it you’re going to have to get from the office.”

With interference though you need to confirm that Holliday had an intent to interfere with the play. But upon further review, it looks like he got caught napping at first base. It looks like he thought he was getting picked off and ran back to first not knowing Ellsbury had hit the ball.

While that excuse is poor and makes him look bad as a player, it may actually be the case.

Off the field, the Boston Red Sox were able to properly Vietnam Veterans and their families with about 1300 veterans and their families present at the ballpark.

Next up is a Sunday double header with a 1 p.m. game and an 8 p.m. game. Game 1 is Rick Porcello vs CC Sabathia and Game 2 is David Price against Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias



Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting



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Red Sox Talk: Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

Here is a not so hot-take Red Sox fans: Rafael Devers is currently the team’s best player! Conversely, he’s not even close to performing to his full potential. The reason for this is the 20-year-old third baseman hasn’t been allowed to. He’s a flourishing power-hitter who hardly finds himself in consequential power-hitting situations. And why is that? It’s simply because John Farrell is incompetent when it comes to the assembly of a batting order.

It appears that before every game, Farrell aimlessly tosses darts at the names of players while he’s blindfolded. This assertion would be more believable if his mishandling of the lineup wasn’t laden with such faulty science.

If It Ain’t Broke

Rafael Devers has been irrefutably our best hitter since he was called up in late-July. Going into Monday’s game: He was handily bolstering a .350 BA with 8 HR’s and has a .700 slugging percentage. These are definitively the stats of a pure-slugger. Where do rare talents like Devers belong in the order? Well according to John Farrell, they appropriately belong in the 6th spot. Yeah, the old 6 hole! That’s where your best hitter can produce at full capacity.

Of the 8 HR’s that the Baby-Face Bambino has hit, 6 of them were solo shots. From that we can deduce that only a ¼ of his dingers were multi-run home runs. This low percentage of RBI’s is clearly a symptom of his poor placement in the order. After all, Devers can’t knock em’ home if there’s no ducks on the pond, when he’s at the plate

6.4 is Rafael Devers’ average spot in the lineup, in the 21 games, he’s played in. That is an insult to an overperforming prospect who needs his tenuous confidence to be stimulated, not doubted. Superficially, one would presume tenure dictates that Devers must “earn his stripes” on this team. Nothing like a little rookie hazing!

Firstly, that’s an obsolete approach to professional sports. Secondly, that’s not Farrell’s reason for governing the growth of this young superstar. No, John Farrell is circumscribed by textbook baseball-science and he is incapable of thinking outside of these margins.

A Certain Science

Almost always, Farrell tries to “counter” the handedness of the opposing starter. For example, Lefty on the mound means he’ll run out a right-handed saturated lineup, and vice versa. This is an overly educated (if there is such a thing) and misguided system of prioritizing that favors handedness over ability.

I swear John Farrell would pinch hit for Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 9th if he was facing a right-handed pitcher.

Rafael Devers should at least be rewarded for his hot start with a chance to bat cleanup. This has to happen before his honeymoon high is extinguished by an inevitable slump. In such a scenario: Nunez could lead things off, followed by Mookie and then a red-hot Benintendi. Devers needs to be granted the opportunity to fail before we assume he will fail. This would be a valuable learning experience, one that would be conducive to growth.

Fans of any sport will tell you that there’s an intangible magic to the game, and to it’s greatest players. That’s why we love sports. What Boston has in John Farrell is a manager who isn’t sensitive nor privy to that “magic”. He has to start reading the barometer of his team and the games in which they play. Believe it or not, some things just can’t be learned in books, John.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight



Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

The Pawtucket Red Sox (61-67) will play host to the Buffalo Bisons (58-70) tonight at McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up for tonights’ game is Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Buffalo Bisons. He will be up against Roenis Elias (1-3, 7.27 ERA) for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In the first game of the four game series, the Buffalo Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-3 in front of 5,997 fans. The Pawtucket Red Sox were leading 3-2 heading into the 9th inning, with Edgar Olmos on the mound, Gregorio Petit hit a game tying home run just into the Paw Sox bullpen. Later in the inning, Christian Lopes hit a go-ahead 3 run home run to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead.

All 3 runs from the Christian Lopes home run were unearned. That was due to a ball that Jantzen Witte threw into the dirt that Blake Swihart couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Swihart was charged with an error on the play that continued the inning. Other then that, Swihart looked like he could do well at 1st base if he is able to get reps at first base.

Tonights Starting Pitchers

Tonights starting pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons, Joe Biagini pitched well last time out on August 17th. In that game, he shut out the Indianapolis Indians through 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 3, and struck out 4 on 73 pitches (45 strikes). Biagini was pitching for Bisons major league team the Toronto Blue Jays. This season for the Blue Jays, he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.

Tonights starting pitcher for the Paw Sox, Roenis Elias, was knocked around in his start on August 17th at Louisville. In that start, he went 5 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts on 96 pitches (54 strikes).

Tonights Lineups

Buffalo Bisons:

2B Christian Lopes

SS Gregorio Petit

RF Teoscar Hernandez

1B Rowdy Tellez

C Danny Jansen

3B Jason Leblebijian

DH Mike Ohlman

LF Jon Berti

CF Roemon Fields

SP Joe Biagini

Pawtucket Red Sox:

CF Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Heiker Meneses

1B Sam Travis

RF Bryce Brentz

3B Matt Dominguez

LF Ryan Court

C Blake Swihart

SS Deven Marrero

DH Dan Butler

SP Roenis Elias

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