ONE LAST RUN FOR A
RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Rick Porcello shuts out the Yankees
30, 2016 ... Rick
Porcello was untouchable tonight and a lineup quickly proving to be
one of the more potent in the game piled up 13 hits in an 8-0 victory
before a crowd of 37,901. The 14-10 Red Sox have won six of seven and
eight of their last 11 games. They have outscored the Yankees, 12-2, in the first two
games of the series.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was 3 for 3 with two triples,
a double, a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs for the Sox. Mookie Betts was
2 for 5 and drove in three runs. David Ortiz added another home run.
There are many reasons the
Red Sox are again interesting to watch. That Porcello is 5-0 with a 2.76 earned
run average is high on the list. Dropped to fourth in the rotation after a rocky
spring training, Porcello has been a cornerstone since. He has gone at least six
innings in every start and on Saturday allowed only two runners beyond first
base. Porcello scattered five singles and struck out six with one walk. Nine
outs came on the ground. In his last four starts throwing to Christian
Vazquez, Porcello has allowed only 17 hits and six earned runs over 26 2/3
innings while striking out 29.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second
inning, getting to Yankees starter Michael Pineda (1-3) with two outs. Vazquez
singled to left field then took third when Jackie Bradley went the other way with a
double off the wall in left. Betts followed with a popup to the right side that
was too deep for the infielders and too shallow for right fielder Carlos
Beltran. The ball fell in and two runs scored.
Pineda did not give up another run but lasted
only five innings because of the 106 pitches he threw. Lefthander Chasen Shreve
started the sixth inning and the Sox scored two more runs. Brock Holt drew a
walk with one out and scored when Bradley lined a triple to the gap in right
field. Facing Kirby Yates, Betts reached on an infield hit, scoring Bradley.
Rookie Johnny Barbato was the next pitcher out
of the bullpen to start the seventh and shortly after was the latest Yankees
pitcher taken deep by Ortiz. Ortiz jumped on a fastball and sent it soaring over
the Red Sox bullpen in right -center, seven rows deep into the bleachers. It was
Ortiz’s second home run in as many nights, his fifth of the season, and No. 508
for his career.
Ortiz has 450 home runs with the Red Sox, two
shy of matching Carl Yastrzemski for second place in team history. Ortiz
finished April with 19 RBIs. He is on a pace to hit 34 home runs and drive in
Bradley’s second triple drove in two more later
in the inning. Bradley is 10 of 27 with three doubles, three triples, a home
run, nine RBIs, and five runs scored in the last seven games. He is hitting .272
with an .807 OPS.
The last-place Yankees (8-14) have lost four
straight and scored 12 runs in their last seven games. It was the worst shutout
for New York at Fenway Park since a 10-0 loss in 1973.