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Boston Red Sox Win In Extra Inning Thriller In Texas



Boston Red Sox Win In Extra Inning Thriller In Texas Behind Dustin Pedroia’s MVP Play

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Monday night in Arlington, Texas behind an MVP-like effort from Dustin Pedroia and a blooper by Andrew Benintendi.

The Boston Red Sox sent the reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello to the mound to open up the series. Porcello went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits along with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. A night truly filled with 3’s for Porcello.

Porcello’s third run allowed came with the second batter of the seventh inning who teed off for a solo home run. It was another case of pitchers failing to give John Farrell an extra inning. Overall though Porcello had a solid night and recorded a no decision.

Behind Porcello Farrell used Matt Barnes (.2 IP, 1 K), Robby Scott (0 IP, 1 H, 1ER), Joe Kelly (1 IP, 1H, 1K), Craig Kimbrel (1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1K), Heath Hembree (2IP, 3K’s).

Kimbrel had a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth but ended up giving up a game-tying solo home run to Mike Napoli who crushed a 98-mph fastball at the chest out of the park. Kimbrel was bailed out a batter later with Dustin Pedroia diving for an erratic throw from Deven Marrero and tossed it on to Mitch Moreland to nail Carlos Gomez for the first out of the ninth.

Hembree pitched the 10th and 11th innings and was electric shutting down the Rangers offense by not giving up a hit while striking out 3 batters.

Offense Led By The Few

Boston’s offense put together 10 base hits driving in 7 runs on the hot Texas night. Pedroia had a great offensive night to pair with his elite defense with a 3-for-5 outing with 4 RBIs. All four of his RBIs came with two outs in the inning.

As a team, they were only 3-for-12 with RISP. The three hits with RISP were two by Pedroia and one by Benintendi in the 11th. One of Boston’s run came via a wild pitch by Tony Barnette causing Sandy Leon to score from third.

The game was won via an Andrew Benintendi bases-loaded blooper over the head of the shortstop that drove in two runs in the top of the 11th inning.

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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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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