KOJI UEHARA & DUSTIN PEDROIA

"THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE"
The Sox rally in the 7th without a hit

April 14, 2015 ... The Washington Nationals, down by one run, had the heart of their order coming up and Koji Uehara was pitching for the first time this season after coming off the disabled list. He had not successfully closed out a game since Aug. 12, going into a worrisome slump after that game and losing his job. That explained why the cheers for Uehara were louder than usual when the bullpen door swung open in the ninth inning. The 40-year-old sprinted to the mound, eager to pitch.

Three outs later, the Red Sox had their closer back and an 8-7 victory. David Ortiz, as tradition now dictates, flung Uehara over his shoulder in celebration. The perfect inning had some drama. After Uehara struck out Bryce Harper with a splitter, Ryan Zimmerman hammered a fastball down the line in left. Umpire Manny Gonzalez called it foul, which stood up to a review. Zimmerman lined to left field, then Uehara went back to the splitter to strike out Clint Robinson.

The victory also served as an example that this Red Sox team is capable of finding its way through adversity. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the teamís hottest hitter, was unavailable because of a right knee injury. Another masher, Pablo Sandoval, left the game in the sixth inning with a bruised left foot. That forced Hanley Ramirez to move from left field to third base. He had not played there since 2012. Ramirez did not have a ball come his way.

Despite the changes, the Sox had 11 hits and came back from a two-run deficit with three runs in the seventh inning thanks to sloppy play by the Nationals. Ramirez reached on an error by shortstop Ian Desmond. Matt Thornton then hit Shane Victorino with a pitch. With one out, right-hander Blake Treinen came in and hit Allen Craig with a pitch. Ryan Hanigan bounced a ball to the left side of the mound that could have resulted in a double play. But Treinen dropped the ball, picked it up, and threw past catcher Wilson Ramos. Two runs scored and Craig went to third. Brock Holt grounded to shortstop and Desmond had a play at the plate on Craig. But after looking that way, he went to first and the Sox had the lead. It wasnít an error but it was a mistake. Elias Sports researchers said the Sox were the first team since at least 1961 to score three runs in an inning without a hit or walk.

The Sox led, 5-1, after four innings, working over Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg for nine hits.  Mookie Betts, the new prince of Fenway, had a two-run double in the second inning. Daniel Nava and Hanigan had RBI singles in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, Pedroia sent a Strasburg fastball over the wall in left field for his third home run. Pedroia did not hit his third home run until June 8 last season and finished with seven. His power is back.

Justin Masterson, appearing in his first game at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox since July 29, 2009, couldnít hold the four-run lead. He allowed six runs in the fifth inning as the Nationals sent 10 batters to the plate. They had not scored more than four runs in any of their previous seven games. The big hit was a two-run triple from Michael Taylor off reliever Alexi Ogando.

GAME RECAP

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

0

1

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

 

 

7

10

3

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

2

1

0

0

3

0

x

 

 

8

11

1

 

 

W-Edward Mujica (1-0)
S-Koji Uehara (1)
L-Blake Trienen (0-1)
Attendance - 35,258

 2B-Desmond (Wash), Betts (Bost)

 3B-Taylor (Wash)

 HR-Pedroia (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts cf 5 0 1 .229  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 1 3 .278  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 0 1 .188  

 

Hanley Ramirez lf/3b 5 2 1 .281  

 

Pablo Sandoval 3b 2 0 0 .306  

 

Shane Victorino rf 0 1 0 .100  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 4 2 1 .107  

 

Daniel Nava rf/lf 3 0 1 .357  

 

Allen Craig ph/lf 0 1 0 .125  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 4 0 1 .105  

 

Brock Holt ss 4 1 2 .636  

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Justin Masterson 4.2 8 7 3 4  
  Alexi Ogando 1.1 1 0 0 2  
  Edward Mujica 1.1 0 0 0 2  
  Junichi Tazawa 0.2 1 0 0 1  
  Koji Uehara 1.0 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2015 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

6

2

-

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

5 3 1

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

4 4 2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

4 4 2

 

 

New York Yankees

3 5 3