JACKIE BRADLEY JR

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

The Sox get by the Braves with one run

April 25, 2016 ... Craig Kimbrel set down all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, two by strikeout, and the Sox beat the Braves, 1-0. A short memory is helpful for a closer, but a 98-mile-per-hour fastball and sharp curveball are what make Kimbrel special. He struck out both A.J. Pierzynski and former teammate Freddie Freeman with breaking pitches after getting ahead with fastballs.

The 10-9 Red Sox have won three of four games on a road trip. The Sox were held to six hits but one was a home run by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the seventh inning, his second game-winning hit in as many nights. That was enough for Rick Porcello (4-0) and three relievers.

First baseman Hanley Ramirez did not play for the first time this season and David Ortiz was limited to a pinch-hitting appearance in the ninth inning. Travis Shaw started at first base with Josh Rutledge at third.

Rick Porcello traveled ahead of the team and pitched like somebody who enjoyed a full night of rest. The righthander threw 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing four hits. He struck out six and walked two to drop his earned run average to 3.51. After struggling in spring training, Porcello adjusted his arm angle and regained command of his two-seam fastball. He has struck out 30 and walked five since.

Porcello even contributed to the offense. He reached on an error in the fifth inning, hustling down the line and forcing a hurried throw from third baseman Adonis Garcia. Porcello then reached on a bunt single in the seventh inning. The many Red Sox fans in the crowd of 22,735 loved it.

Catcher Christian Vazquez helped out Porcello in the fifth inning, throwing out Jace Peterson trying to steal second. Vazquez pumped his fist when Pedroia put the tag on the runner. It marked the first time Vazquez had thrown out a runner in a major league game since his return from Tommy John surgery.

The Sox took a 1-0 lead in the seventh, finally getting to Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. Bradley homered to right with one out, driving a changeup into the stands for his first home run of the season.

The Braves put two runners on with one out in the seventh. Robbie Ross Jr. came in for Porcello and held the lead. Koji Uehara handled the eighth inning, leaving the lead in Kimbrel's hands.

 

at Turner Field (Atlanta) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

6

0

ATLANTA BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

2

W-Rick Porcello (4-0)
S-Craig Kimbrel (6)
L-Julio Tehran (0-3)
A
ttendance 22,735

2B-Betts (Bost), Vazquez (Bost), Francoeur (Atl)
HR-Bradley Jr (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 0 1 .273  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 0 0 .309  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 1 .270  

 

Travis Shaw 1b 3 0 0 .318  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 4 0 1 .444  

 

Brock Holt lf 3 0 0 .275  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 1 1 .234  

 

Christian Vazquez c 4 0 1 .200  

 

Rick Porcello p 3 0 1 .333  

 

Robbie Ross p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Koji Uehara p 0 0 0 .000  

 

David Ortiz ph 1 0 0 .290  

 

Craig Kimbrel p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Rick Porcello 6.1 4 0 2 6  
  Robbie Ross 0.2 0 0 0 1  
  Koji Uehara 1 0 0 1 1  
  Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 11 7 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 10 9 1 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 9 10 2 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 10 11 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 8 10 3