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Boston Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Homers In Paw Sox 7-3 Loss



Boston Red Sox Prospect Rafael Devers Homers In Paw Sox 7-3 Loss To Toledo

The Pawtucket Red Sox lost this afternoon at McCoy Stadium 7-3 to the Toledo Mud Hens. This lost ended the Paw Sox 8 game winning streak.

Kyle Kendrick pitched better then he has recently this afternoon. Kendrick hasn’t pitched well in his last few starts. But today, the sinker ball pitcher was able to induce 11 ground ball outs today. But he did allow 2 home runs. Both home runs were to Efren Navaro.

The Paw Sox did get on the board in the 6th and 7th inning. That was thanks to Tzu-Wei Lin getting his first hit at AAA. Then Rafael Devers was able to hit a home run to the opposite field on a breaking ball. It was noted earlier this week by Devers and Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles that if he is able to do that, Devers will succeed as a hitter.

Kyle Kendrick Ups’ And Downs’

Kyle Kendrick was pitching well the first 3 innings. During that time, Kendrick was able to induce 7 ground ball outs. For a sinker ball pitcher, that is a great sign. In the 4th inning, that sinker started to come up. To lead off the inning, Efren Navaro hit his 8th home run of the season to give the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 5th inning for Kendrick, Kendrick struggled to begin the 6th. To lead off the inning, Jacoby Jones hit a hard hit double into the right-center field gap to put a runner at 2nd base. The next batter was Efren Navaro. With a 1-0 count on Navaro, Kendrick got called for an automatic ball because his time limit on the pitch clock ran out. Later in the at bat, Navar hit his 2nd home run of the day.

Kendrick then fell behind the next batter, John Hicks, 2-0 quickly. That’s when Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles started to argue with home plate umpire Scott Costello. After a brief argument, Boles was ejected from the game. The 6th inning was the last inning from Kendrick. His final pitching line was 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts on 100 pitches (66 strikes).

Paw Sox Offense

Paw Sox were able to get on the board in the 6th inning for the first time today. That began with the Tzu-Wei Lin getting his first base hit for the Paw Sox. It was a long fly ball off the right field wall. Lin was then able to slide into 3rd base with a triple on the play. The next batter, was Sam Travis. Travis was able to hit a ball up the middle to allow Lin to score.

The Paw Sox were able to make the game interesting in the bottom of the 7th inning. Matt Dominguez began the inning by hitting a lead off single. That’s when Rafael Devers was able to hit a a home run to right field to make it a 4-3 ball game. What made the home run by Devers impressive was that it was a curve ball on the outside part of the plate that he was able to hit out to the opposite field.

Mud Hens Put It Away

To begin the 8th inning, the Paw Sox were forced to put their emergency pitcher into the game in Mike Miller. Mike Miller has seen action in 2 other games this season. In those 2 games, he has gone 3 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, and 4 runs. That includes 2 home runs. Today, he almost pitched a perfect 8th inning. With 2 outs, Miller gave up a single to Juan Perez. Then old friend Bryan Holaday hit a 2 run home run into the Paw Sox bullpen.

On that play, Bryce Brentz tried to rob the home run, but he tumbled over the outfield wall into the Paw Sox bullpen. Brentz stayed in the game after the play.

In the 9th inning, Miller gave up 3 straight singles to begin the inning. But he only gave up 1 run on a sacrifice fly to deep left field. Miller was pitching in the mid 40’s to as high as 55. But he did have a few pitches in the 70’s.

The Paw Sox went down quickly in the 9th inning thanks to 3 straight strike outs by Logan Kensing. The Paw Sox lost 7-3. This loss snaps the Paw Sox 8 game winning streak. The Paw Sox will play again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm against the Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium. Jalen  Beeks will be pitching against Tyler Wilson.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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