RICK PORCELLO

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Rick Porcello shuts out the Yankees

April 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.

JACKIE 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 129.

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.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

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8

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10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

5

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

0

0

0

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4

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8

14

1

 

 

W-Rick Porcello (5-0)
L-Michael Pineda (1-3)
Attendance - 37,901

 2B-Bradley (Bost), Betts (Bost)

 3B-Bradley (2)(Bost)

 HR-Ortiz (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 0 2 .266  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 0 0 0 .311  

 

Marco Hernandez ss 4 0 0 .500  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 3 0 1 .290  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 2 .321  

 

Chris Young ph/dh 1 0 0 .185  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 1 1 .284  

 

Josh Rutledge pr/3b 0 0 0 .400  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 5 1 2 .314  

 

Brock Holt lf 4 2 2 .265  

 

Christian Vazquez c 5 1 1 .222  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 2 3 .272  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Henry Owens 6 6 2 3 3  

 

Matt Barnes 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 1 0 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

14 9 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

14

10

1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

11 12 3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

11 14 4

 

 

New York Yankees

8 14 5 1/2