ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS
TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS

The Sox bounce back against the Orioles

April 13, 2016 ... When Craig Kimbrel took the ball in the ninth inning to close the door on the Sox' 4-2 win, he stared down three of the same hitters that spoiled things for him in the Fenway home opener, two days before, and he steamrolled them.

The Sox broke up the Orioles' seven-game win streak to start the season and stopped their own three-game skid with the win.

Joe Kelly didn't make it past the fifth inning, putting an already taxed Sox bullpen back to work in the sixth. He gave up seven hits and issued five walks while throwing 116 pitches, but struck out six. The two-run homer he gave up to Davis in the fourth inning was the only harm done. He fought through long innings to put himself in line for the win.

But for the fifth time in just eight games this season, the Sox had to dig themselves out of a hole. Kelly got out of the inning without any more damage, and it didn't take long to get the runs back.

In the bottom of the inning, with two on and none out, Xander Bogaerts shot a ball into the left-field corner. While Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim was chasing it down, Sox third base coach wheeled both Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia around and tie the game at 2.

In the fourth, Brock Holt worked a leadoff walk. Then, after Ryan Hanigan struck out looking, Jackie Bradley Jr. stroked a 1-and-1 slider deep off the 380-foot marker on the short fence in right field for a triple. Holt scored from first to put the Sox up, 3-2. One batter later, Betts shot a sharp ground ball up the middle that clipped Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and died in the infield grass for second baseman Jonathan Schoop to snag and then fire to first. He got Betts but Bradley came in with the fourth run.

With Kelly done, Matt Barnes and Tommy Layne had to combine to get three outs in the sixth, then Layne and Junichi Tazawa had to put together a 1-2-3 seventh to build a bridge for Koji Uehara's clean eighth. That set the stage for Kimbrel's dominant ninth.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

2

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

4

8

0

 

 

W-Joe Kelly (1-0)
S-Craig Kimbrel (2)
L- Ubaldo Jiminez (1-1)
Attendance - 31,011

 2B-Bogaerts (Bost), Hardy (Balt), Machado (2)(Balt)

 3B-Bradley (Bost)

 HR-Davis (Balt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 1 2 .270  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 1 1 .306  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 2 .265  

 

David Ortiz dh 2 0 0 .321  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 0 .333  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 4 0 1 .292  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 1 0 .292  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 3 0 1 .167  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 1 1 .250  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Kelly 5 7 2 5 6  

 

Matt Barnes 0.2 1 0 0 1  

 

Tommy Layne 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

Junichi Tazawa 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 1 1 0 0 0  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

7 1 -

 

 

New York Yankees

4 3 2 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

4

4

3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

4 5 3 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

3 5 4