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

Christian Vazquez impresses in his return,
as Rick Porcello stifles the Blue Jays

April 15, 2016 ... Rick Porcello, trying to rebound from a disastrous first year in Boston, took a big step toward a comeback. The right-hander handled the heavy hitting Toronto Blue Jays for 6 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory. Porcello (2-0) allowed a second-inning home run to Edwin Encarnacion (his first homer of the season) and that was the only hit for the Jays (5-6) until Encarnacion, who had all three Toronto hits, cracked a two-run shot in the seventh. Porcello, who left one batter after Encarnacion’s two-run blast, struck out eight and walked one in his first victory at Fenway Park since last Sept. 7th.

His effort coincided with the return of young catcher Christian Vazquez, activated from the disabled list before the game. Vazquez handled the pitcher, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, and picked a runner off first base.

Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel worked the last 2 2/3 innings with Kimbrel surviving a two-out threat in the ninth to notch his second save in as many games. He dealt Justin Smoak his fourth strikeout of the game to end it with two on.

Travis Shaw’s two-run double off loser R.A. Dickey (1-2) capped a three-run first inning that also included an RBI double by David Ortiz. Mookie Betts singled home a run in the second and Dustin Pedroia did the same in the sixth as the Red Sox improved to 5-4.

CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ

Dickey, 4-0 against the Red Sox in 2014, came in 0-4 with a 5.36 ERA in seven starts since. Those numbers got worse early as Boston scored four runs (two earned) in the first two innings.

He got the first two outs in the first, but Xander Bogaerts singled and scored when Ortiz doubled off the center-field wall. Hanley Ramirez struck out, but Toronto catcher Josh Thole could not handle the knuckleball and Ramirez hustled to first as Ortiz took third. Both scored when Shaw doubled to that wall in center.

Encarnacion’s homer got a run back, but Vazquez doubled and, one out later, scored from third on Betts’ single. Vazquez, known for his defensive ability as a catcher, had ended the top of the second by picking Troy Tulowitzki off first base on a Porcello strikeout of Michael Saunders.

Dickey pitched out of a jam that included a throwing error by Josh Donaldson. Pedroia grounded back to Dickey and into a double play with first and third and one out in the fourth.

Jays manager John Gibbons added some levity to the evening when, coming out to call on ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte, he signaled with both hands. Venditte stranded two runners by retiring Brock Holt.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

TORONTO BLUE JAYS

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

3

3

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

x

 

 

5

9

0

 

 

W-Rick Porcello (2-0)
S-Craig Kimbrel (3)
L- R.A. Dickey (1-2)
Attendance - 18,627

 2B-Ortiz (Bost), Shaw (Bost), Vazquez (Bost)

 HR-Encarnacion (2) (Tor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 0 1 .262  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 .300  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 1 1 .263  

 

David Ortiz dh 2 1 1 .333  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 1 0 .297  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 2 0 1 .308  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 0 0 .259  

 

Christian Vazquez c 4 2 2 .500  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 0 2 .286  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Rick Porcello 6.1 2 3 1 8  

 

Junichi Tazawa 0.2 0 0 0 1  

 

Koji Uehara 1 0 0 0 2  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 1 0 1 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

8 2 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

5

4

2 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

5 6 3 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

4 5 3 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

3 7 5