ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Mookie Betts powers the Sox offense
behind the great pitching of Joe Kelly

May 21, 2016 ... All the signs of a big inning were showing themselves when Hanley Ramirez legged out a single, Travis Shaw laced a double to left, Jackie Bradley Jr. took an intentional walk from a reliever that wanted no part of him, and Blake Swihart worked a six-pitch walk with the bases loaded.

Mookie Betts didn’t want to think too big when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Just have a good at-bat, he told himself. Extend the rally, he told himself. Get a good pitch, he told himself.

And when Indians reliever Joba Chamberlain left a thigh-high slider dangling over the plate, Betts launched it into the Monster seats for a grand slam that blew the doors open in the Sox’ 9-1 win at Fenway Park. It was an exclamation point on a career day for Betts, who went 3 for 5 with two homers and a career-high five RBIs. But it was just another offensive avalanche for an offense that’s been furiously cranking out runs.

After spending a month on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, Joe Kelly returned to the rotation and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, overwhelming the Indians with a fastball that lit up the radar gun at 97 miles per hour.

Betts’s first homer (a solo shot in the fourth inning) barely sneaked over the Monster. When he got back in the dugout, his teammates had a few laughs about it. Still, it was the third multi-homer game of his career. He’s hit safely in each of his last 11 home games. A double in the third made him the third Sox player this season to pick up three extra-base hits in a single game. Not even two weeks ago, Betts was half-joking about being surrounded by .300 hitters and how his average (.276BA) was bringing the team’s down.

Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 26 games when he shot a sharp ground ball up the middle in the sixth inning and sprinted down the line to spoil a diving play by Jason Kipnis and beat out a single. Xander Bogaerts, who came in with the second-longest hitting streak in the majors behind Bradley’s, extended his streak to 15 with an RBI single in the third. David Ortiz’s ground-rule double in the second gave him 601 for his career, tying him with Barry Bonds for 14th on the all-time list.

The Sox have homered in each of their last 21 games, they’ve scored 251 runs, the most in the majors, they’ve put up double-digit hits in 27 of their 43 games, and when he stepped back to take in the magnitude of it all, manager John Farrell couldn’t help but see a team that wasn’t just on a tear, but one that has the potential to be special.
 

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

1

2

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

3

1

0

0

5

0

x

 

 

9

13

2

 

 

W-Joe Kelly (2-0)
L-Trevor Bauer (3-2)
Attendance - 37,254

2B-Uribe (Clev), Ortiz (Bost), Betts (Bost),
Shaw (2)(Bost)

HR-Santana (Clev), Betts (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 3 3 .276  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 3 1 1 .300  

 

Marco Hernandez 2b 0 0 0 .200  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 2 .339  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 0 2 .311  

 

Chris Young ph/dh 1 0 0 .255  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 2 .317  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 1 0 0 .371  

 

Travis Shaw 3b/1b 5 1 2 .313  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 2 1 1 .342  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 2 0 0 .179  

 

Christian Vazquez ph/c 2 1 0 .237  

 

Blake Swihart lf 3 1 0 .208  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Joe Kelly 6.2 1 0 3 7  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1.1 0 0 0 2  

 

Heath Hembree 1 1 1 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

26 15 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

26

17

1

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

20 20 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

20 22 6 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

21 24 7