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Red Sox Fall To Yankees After Bullpen Got Smashed In The 8th

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Red Sox Fall To Yankees After Bullpen Got Smashed In The 8th

Friday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game’s level of importance could not be understated. It truly was the tilting point of the series despite being game 1 of 3. The reason for that is on Saturday Luis Severino is going against Drew Pomeranz. As good as Pomeranz has been, Severino is New York’s ace.

On Sunday it is Chris Sale going against Josh Montgomery, Sale being Boston’s ace. These pitching matchups are why Friday’s game was vital in winning the series for either team. Boston had Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound taking on Jaime Garcia of the Yankees.

Boston got the start it was looking for, but after a bullpen mishap and a 9th inning rally falling just short, the Red Sox lost 5-4 to New York.

E-Rod had an electric outing tossing 6 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 Yankee batters. E-Rod’s only rough spot came in the 5th inning when Ronald Torreyes doubled to left field and was moved over to third base by an Austin Romfly fly out.

But even in that moment, Rodriguez stood strong and struck out Aaron Hicks to end the inning. The only other hit he allowed came in the 3rd inning on a Hicks double with 1 out. E-Rod worked around that as well. With Boston needing a solid outing, Rodriguez delivered. The only criticism of him would be going 6 innings with a 107 pitch count, in theory, you would have liked to see him go 7.

But with Pomeranz on Saturday and Sale on Sunday, using the bullpen for 3 innings isn’t a big deal at the moment.

Bullpen Gets The Doors Blown Off

Matt Barnes was the first player out of the bullpen for John Farrell‘s ball club. With Barnes entering in the 7th Hanley Ramirez was pulled at first base in favor of the gold glover Mitch Moreland.

Despite the solid start for E-Rod and the bullpens past successes, this was not the night for the Red Sox pen. Barnes was flawless but after him…. Yuck.

The new guy, Addison Reed, came in and couldn’t record an out. He gave up two base hits and was hit up for 4 earned runs. Reed also allowed a two-run home run to Aaron Hicks.

Reed was pulled in favor of Joe Kelly, he recorded 2 outs but allowed 3 base hits and an earned run. To record the last out of the inning Farrell called in Fernando Abad. Abad recorded the last out, but the damage was done.

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Boston Set The Tone Early Against The New York Yankees

Offensively Boston set the tone right from the start. In the 1st inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a 2-run home run to score Mookie Betts making it a 2-0 game before Eduardo Rodriguez even took the mound. The home run was Ramirez’s 18th of the season, tying him with Betts for the team high.

The Red Sox did not score again until the 5th inning when Andrew Benintendi hit a solo home run out in center field for his 14th dinger of the season. Benny’s home run made it a 3-0 game.

Despite the early lead, the offense was able to garner, they found themselves down 5-3 after the bullpen got torched in the 8th inning.

The offense was given the opportunity to climb back in it during the top of the 9th though.

9th Inning Comeback Falls Just Short

Aroldis Chapman was on the hill for the Yankees, but the close tossed 5 straight balls to start the inning. That was enough to walk Jackie Bradley Jr. and fall behind Eduardo Nunez 1-0 before throwing his first strike.

Chapman though still could not reign it in, he ended up walking Nunez to make it 2 on in the 9th inning with no men out with Mookie Betts at the plate. With the Yankees warming up Dillon Betances in the bullpen, Chapman proceeded to walk Betts to load them up with nobody out.

This gave Beninetndi an opportunity to hit with the bases loaded in the 9th with no one out in the inning. Benny smacked a ball deep into right field allowing JBJ to tag and score a run to pull Boston within 1. But at the same time Nunez tagged up trying to move over to third base.

Nunez was ruled out at third on the throw from Hicks turning it into a double play. After a review, the play on the field stood as an out. The risky play to try and move Nunez to third base did not pay off. But Mookie Betts was able to advance on the throw in.

Moreland who came in for Ramirez had the chance to knock in Betts from second to tie the game. But Moreland lined out to Jacoby Ellsbury in center field.

A 9th inning comeback fell just short with Boston losing 5-4.

Overall Thoughts, impact of game, and what is next

Boston’s bullpen was bound to get blown at some point. It is tough for it to happen in Yankee Stadium after cruising with a 3-0 lead. But over the course of a season stuff like that is bound to happen. It is important to brush it off and move forward.

Their 9th inning rally fell just short, and in falling short Boston’s 8 game winning streak is halted.

With the win, the New York Yankees move within 3.5 games of first place in the AL East. If the Red Sox were able to win they could have stretched their lead to 5.5 games. Now they must win the next two games to win the series.

Up next for the Boston Red Sox is game 2 of the series on Saturday night. Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound taking on Luis Severino.

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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