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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 Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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