No Late Inning Heroics As Sox Fall To The Rangers

A day after news of David Ortiz’s shooting came out, the Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers. Prior to the game, the Red Sox honored Ortiz with a moment of silence. Both fans and players reflected on Ortiz, and wished him a speedy recovery. Fans were looking for a win for Papi. However, the game didn’t end with any late inning heroics. The Red Sox didn’t show their inner “Big Papi” as they lost in extra innings to the Rangers.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Brock Holt’s single scored Michael Chavis to scorelate inning heroics the tying run. The Red Sox had multiple chances to win the game, however, nothing came of those chances. With Ryan Braiser on the mound the hopes of a win faded as the Rangers won 4-3 in eleven innings.

The Red Sox Respond Following Ortiz News

Sunday night sent shockwaves through Red Sox Nation. David Ortiz was shot in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz, who is in stable condition following the shooting, was flown to Boston. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy told reporters that the Red Sox are bringing Ortiz to Boston for further medical treatment.

Players, coaches, and former players were all in shock. Alex Cora and Jason Varitek spoke to the press about Ortiz. Both of them spoke highly of Ortiz, and wished him a full recovery. By watching them speak, one can see their concern for Ortiz. The reaction and response from around MLB shows that this is more than just a game. Baseball truly is a community.

Holt’s Late Inning Heroics Couldn’t Pull The Sox To Victory

This game saw the match up of Chris Sale and Mike Minor. Sale, coming off a great start in his last outing in Kansas City, was looking for win number three. Minor, who has been known as the Red Sox’s punching bag, was looking for win number six.

Right off the bat, things were looking up for Boston. With one out in the first, Andrew Benintendi hit a two run home run. This allowed Sale to have a comfortable lead right away. Sale went seven innings, allowing one run and striking out ten. The Sox lined up the win. Brandon Workman pitched a solid eighth inning. Matt Barnes, however, allowed two runs to score. This put the Rangers up 3-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Shawn Kelley allowed Chavis to reach base by walking him. With two outs in the inning, Brock Holt’s late inning heroics scored Chavis with a single. Holt would be the final out of the inning after being tagged out at home.

Even with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth, the Red Sox batters couldn’t spark any late inning heroics. Benintendi stuck out, and Xander Bogaerts lined out to the center fielder. This brought the game to the eleventh, and brought Ryan Braiser into the game.

Braiser’s first batter, Danny Santana ripped a double to right field. Santana, who has been a thorn in the Red Sox’s side the whole game, would later score. Elvis Andrus singled later in the eleventh, scoring Santana. The bottom of the inning saw Chris Martin, the Rangers closer come in. Unfortunately, the Boston bats remained silent.

The Aftermath of the Game

As the game was coming to a close, media outlets reported that David Ortiz had landed at Logan Airport. Ortiz was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where his care will continue.

The Red Sox announced that the Game 2 starter will be Darwinzon Hernandez who will make his first major league start. The last time he played in the big leagues was against the Tigers back on April 23rd. Hernandez went 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

The Red Sox also announced that Wednesday’s game will be at 4pm so that fans can watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that will be taking place at TD Garden. Boston fans are looking for a double win on Wednesday. Go Red Sox and Go Bruins!

Red Sox Head Home With A Four Game Win Streak

After a not so good beginning to June, the Red Sox closed out the road trip by sweeping the Kansas City Royals and coming home with a winning streak. After defeating the New York Yankees, the Red Sox plowed over the Royals. As of now, they look to add onto their four game win streak.

They are now back at Fenway ready to face the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Texas Rangers.four game win streak Right now, the Red Sox are 33-29, and are 6.5 games out of first place in the division. While Tampa Bay is right above them, the Red Sox look to extend their four game win streak.

Another AL East Rematch

The last time we saw Tampa Bay was at Fenway Park. A rain delay followed by two close losses allowed the Rays to “sweep” the Red Sox. Since their visit, the Rays have been doing well. They are currently 37-23 and are 1.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

One player to take note of is Avisail Garcia. Right now, he his batting .300 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI’s. The 27 year old outfielder is in his eighth season, and with his third team. Prior to signing a one year deal with the Rays, he played for the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

The Rangers Invade Fenway

Following a four game series against Tampa Bay, the Red Sox host the Texas Rangers. The Rangers, who are nine games back and in second place in the AL West, are 32-28. They’re currently 4-1 in June. Before heading to Fenway, they will be hosting the Oakland A’s in a four game series in Texas.

Even though he won’t be playing against the Red Sox, Luke Farrell is a name that Red Sox Nation is familiar with. Former Red Sox manager John Farrell’s son, Luke, was claimed off waviers back in January. However, a jaw injury has sidelined the 27 year old relief pitcher.

After this series, the Red Sox don’t play the Rangers until the end of September. The Red Sox will be making the trip to Arlington to play one last time at Globe Life Park. After this season, the Rangers will be playing at a new ballpark, Globe Life Field.

Can The Red Sox Add To The Four Game Win Streak?

At the rate they are playing now, it’s totally possible. With solid outings from the rotation this past series against the Royals, and the bats heating up, things are going well for Boston. Both Rafael Devers and Chris Sale had great games.

Devers, recently named the American League Player of the Month for May, is heating up. The 22 year old is batting .316 with 9 home runs and 40 RBI’s. He has also swiped eight bases this season as well.

Chris Sale, who signed a five year contract extension, is starting to show signs of his old self. In his start against the Royals, he pitched a complete game shut out. The last Red Sox pitcher to do that? Brian Johnson back in 2017. Sale is now 2-7 with a 3.84 ERA. In his start against the Royals, he allowed three three hits while striking out 12 batters. The Red Sox won that game 8-0.

Three Hits Match Career Best for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

What an astonishing performance by Jackie Bradley Jr. last night at Fenway Park against the Texas Rangers. It seems as though he’s come out on top and it’s all because of a little bit of confidence (or maybe a lot) that makes him the hero of the night as the Red Sox beat the Rangers 5-1.

Shane Victorino was placed on the DL and Jackie Bradley was his replacement for last night’s game. It just so happened to work out beyond expectation. With three stellar hits and two outstanding catches in right field, JBJ proved to fans and the team that he was worthwhile. As he plugged away at the plate his confidence grew, transpiring into immaculate efforts at right field. He drew in two runs throughout the game with a total of three hits and miraculously caught two hard to come by balls in right field. All in all, for John Farrell and the rest of the team, it was a good night.

Bradley’s second hit drew in A.J Pierzynski to bring the Sox up 2-1. At the bottom of the eighth he, once again, drew in Pierzynski with a bunt ground ball to first base. The plays he made defensively equaled his performance at the plate. The first line drive to center field was, at first, awry because the light caused a blind spot for an instant, but that did not deter Bradley from sliding into the ball, making the catch and getting the out. His second catch chased him down the field, to the corner where he backhandedly propped the ball into his glove, once again, making the out.

His maturity and love of the game showed in his performance last night.  Upon speaking to various news reporters he told them that it’s all a process. He needs to think about what’s at stake for the team in the moment when he’s on the field, versus how one mishap could send him back to Pawtucket. Success breeds success and he showed that in his performance. You grow confidence in each play you make. His at bats bred his work in the field and vice versa.

Being 3 for 4 at the plate allowed Bradley’s batting average to skyrocket from .250 to .375. He truly did make a difference in not only the team’s efforts to win the game, but in his personal best. It was by far the best game of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s career. Let’s see what he has to offer tonight as the Red Sox take on the Rangers for their second game of the series at Fenway Park.

Red Sox vs. Rangers Review

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BOS RP Clayton Mortensen (www.espn.com)

The Boston Red Sox spent the Cinco de Mayo weekend getting swept by the Rangers in Arlington. Here are my takeaways from the series.

1. If the Red Sox want to be the best then the Red Sox have to beat the best. Boston continued its hot start with eight wins over their last ten games going into the Texas series. However it should be noted that those eight wins came against the Athletics, Blue Jays, and Astros. Oakland has an “okay” ball club, but Toronto and Houston are both perennial cellar dwellers. The Rangers were the first real test for the Sox this season. Test failed. Lucky for us though, another poor team, Minnesota, will take the field at Fenway tonight against our ace, Clay Buchholz.

2. What happened to stringing hits together? The Red Sox were one of the last teams in the MLB to record a team home run this year. They were winning their first games by stringing hits together, working pitchers with walks, and caring more about on base percentage then home runs and RBI’s. However the Red Sox had very few clutch hits and many men left on base over the weekend, and three of the four runs scored all series came via a HR. If the Sox want to get back to their winning ways, they must return to their “patient at the plate” ways.

3. I don’t think Clayton Mortensen is very good. It seems that Farrell likes to use Mortensen because he gets a lot of runs compared to other relief pitchers. On Sunday he gave up 2 singles, a walk, and a wild pitch which all culminated in the Red Sox losing in the ninth inning. In 14.1 IP this year he has a 4.40 ERA. Yeah that is a little high for my liking. He’s given up at least one walk in his last three appearances, a cardinal sin for relief pitchers, and he sports a 0-2 record on the year. However it is still May and he could just be settling in, but the clock is ticking on Clayton Mortensen.