BROCK HOLT

"THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE"
Brock Holt stops the Sox skid
by hitting for the cycle

June 16, 2015 ... For the first time since June 7, the Red Sox enjoyed the simple pleasure of postgame handshakes. They also witnessed a memorable performance by Brock Holt, who paced the 9-4 victory over the Braves with the first cycle by a Boston batter since John Valentin on June 6, 1996.

The monster performance by Holt helped the Red Sox snap a seven-game losing streak.  After doubling in the first, hitting a single in the fifth and clubbing a homer to the opposite field in left in the seventh. 

Brock Holt knew there was a cycle out there. He didnít realize it was his. The Red Sox dugout was on a Mookie Betts watch. He was a home run shy of the cycle, and his teammates made sure to put a bug in his ear. Meanwhile, Holtís day was flying under the radar when he came to the plate in the eighth inning. The last puzzle piece Holt needed to complete the cycle was also the trickiest: a triple.

But when Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon left an 0-and-1 fastball over the plate, Holt sent a fly screaming toward the garage door in center field that had trouble written all over it.

Alex Rios was the last player to finish the cycle with a triple, doing so for the Rangers against the Astros on Sept. 23, 2013. The last Red Sox player to complete the cycle with a triple was Fred Lynn on May 13, 1980. horses and it worked out."

Lefty Wade Miley, who engaged in a public spat with manager John Farrell in his last start, bounced back nicely by firing 6 1/3 strong innings for the win. He allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 9-4 win over the Braves. It marked Miley's fourth straight home win, which is the longest home winning streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Clay Buchholz won four straight at Fenway in April 2013. Miley dictated the pace of play, taking very little time between pitches and outs, which worked in his favor. He established his changeup in the first few innings and was able to go back to it in the last few frames when necessary.

The two runs Miley surrendered came in the fourth inning. He allowed a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin and an RBI double to Freddie Freeman, who later scored on a groundout. After allowing back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh, Miley was pulled in favor of Junichi Tazawa, who recorded two quick outs on just three pitches to escape the jam.

Braves righty Julio Teheran didn't fare nearly as well, allowing six runs and a career-high 13 hits over 6 1/3 innings. Boston's left-handed hitters finished 6-for-15 against him.

The cycle was one thing, but the triple drove in the last of a flurry of runs in the Soxí 9-4 win, snapping a seven-game losing streak and putting a trying stretch behind them as they head on the road for another quick two-game set against the Braves, this time in Atlanta.

Without Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez (stiff back), the Red Sox needed others to step up, and they did. Every player in the starting nine recorded at least one hit, including the four by Holt. Mookie Betts went 3-for-5, including a double and a triple. Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts, Napoli and Alejandro De Aza all chipped in with two hits.

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

 
 

ATLANTA BRAVES

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

4

10

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

2

0

0

0

0

3

1

3

x

 

 

9

18

0

 

 

W-Wade Miley (6-6)
L-Julio Teheran (4-3)
Attendance - 35,662

2B-Freeman (Atl), Uribe (Atl), Ciriaco (Atl),
Pierzynski (Atl), Holt (Bost), Betts (Bost),
Napoli (Bost), De Aza (Bost), Sandoval (Bost)

3B-Betts (Bost), Holt (Bost)

HR-Holt (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Brock Holt 2b 5 2 4 .309  

 

Mookie Betts cf 5 2 3 .253  

 

David Ortiz dh 3 0 1 .230  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 2 .293  

 

Pablo Sandoval 3b 4 2 2 .265  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 4 1 2 .202  

 

Alejandro De Aza lf 4 1 2 .217  

 

Blake Swihart c 4 0 1 .222  

 

Rusney Castillo rf 4 1 1 .232  

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Wade Miley 6.1 5 2 2 8  
  Junichi Tazawa 1.2 1 0 0 2  
  Koji Uehara 1 4 2 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2015 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

36 30 -

 

 

New York Yankees

34 30 1

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

33 31 2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

34 32 1

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

28

38

8