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Boston Red Sox Walk Off Behind Hanley Ramirez Home Run In The Bottom Of The 15th Inning

Tuesday night was another long baseball game for the Boston Red Sox. A four-hour 59-minute game that already had a 1-hour delay due to rain in the Fenway Park area. One can imagine all the baseball played in the last week is getting to the players. But what happened in the bottom of the 15th inning Tuesday night makes it all worth it.

With one man out in the bottom of the 15th, Boston Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez belted a baseball way out of Fenway Park and into Lansdowne Street. As Hanley ran around the bases his teammates ran to him in pure joy, that the game was finally over.

 

Boston Red Sox Pitching Staff Held It Together

Brian Johnson was on the mound for Boston and tossed 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Behind him, the Boston Red Sox bullpen did their best to hold together. Matt Barnes (2 IP), Craig Kimbrel (1 IP), Brandon Workman (2 IP), and Hector Valazquez (4 IP) rounded out the bullpen usage from this 15 inning affair.

The only run the bullpen gave up was Workman in his second inning of relief. Ryan Goins hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning to pull the Toronto Blue Jays ahead 4-3 at the time. But with the game in jeopardy left-fielder, Mookie Betts singled in Jackie Bradley Jr. to knot it back up at 4 runs apiece. The Red Sox could have won the game right there with Xander Bogaerts at third base, but Bogaerts ran into an out on the Betts single crushing hopes of ending it in the 11th inning.

Once again the Boston Red Sox offense was relatively quiet. 13 hits over 15 innings, with a 2-for-12 with RISP. Rookie Andrew Benintendi went 0-for-6 and threw his helmet down in disgust. Even the hero of the night, Hanley Ramirez, went 2-for-6. Just another lack of pop night for an inconsistent Boston offense.

But with a walk-off, comes grit, determination, and the will to win no matter what.

“It is what it is. It’s baseball. We have a long way to go. We know we’ve got to grind it out.” said Betts postgame.

What comes next for the Boston Red Sox is a Wednesday game against the Blue Jays at 7:10 p.m. The pitching matchup is Drew Pomeranz against Aaron Sanchez.

Inning Load Starting To Add Up For The Boston Red Sox Pitching Staff

Since last Friday, the Boston Red Sox have played every day, with only two of those days being the standard 9 inning game. On Saturday they played 16 innings, Sunday 18, and on Tuesday, 15 innings of baseball. This workload has caused the shuffling around of the pitching staff to add fresh arms, but one can imagine something has to give. Boston is going to need Pomeranz to go deep into this ballgame, for the sake of his fellow pitchers.

“There’s a lot of toll,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “And it’s not just the number of innings pitched, it’s the hours on the feet by every guy that’s manning his position. I can’t even calculate it right now, I think we’re at 55 innings since Saturday or somewhere thereabouts. So that’s unique.

“But to the credit of our guys, we’re in tight games throughout. There’s high stress to pitches, high stress to plays. They’ve done an outstanding job to go through this stretch of four games that we’ve been through.”

To make matters worse, it is looking the Boston Red Sox will be without the services of shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Wednesday. Bogaerts did come in to pinch run in the 11th inning, but prior to the game, he went in for an MRI. ‘

This isn’t a new injury, but instead, one that has popped back up. Bogaerts is dealing with lingering pain after being hit on the right hand by a 92-mile-per-hour fastball on July 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Where he was hit on the right hand, that’s been nagging him,” said Sox manager John Farrell. “And as you look at the way he’s been swinging the bat of late — set aside the production and the numbers — it’s affecting how aggressively he can swing. You see his top hand release earlier than normal.”

Since the all-star break, the shortstop is 3-for-18. But on Monday night, he alluded to the hand being hurt to not being the issue, instead, he credits messed up mechanics.

“I don’t think that’s lingering right now,” he said Monday night. “I feel it, yes, but not to an extent where I would point it out as being it. . . . I don’t know, maybe that messed me up. I had to change my swing or swing with one hand before contact. I don’t know if all of that is still in [my swing]. I’m still searching a bit.”

With or without Bogaerts, the Red Sox are in for a tough task on Wednesday as they look to find their groove on offense. A groove that seems to be missing for quite some time. But for now, just enjoy the walk-off and bask in its glory.

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photo credit goes to the Boston Red Sox and their team photographer Michael Ivins.

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.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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John Farrell

On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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