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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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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