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



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 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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