ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
The Sox win a sloppy one in the rain

July 1, 2016 ... Steven Wright was cruising along through five innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, holding them scoreless on six hits with the help of a couple of double play balls that got him out of jams in the first and second innings.

The Sox offense had given him five runs to work with, so even when sky started to open up in the sixth, John Farrell kept him in, but had Matt Barnes warming up, just in case. The harder the rain fell, the more things started to slip away from Wright.

Without a knuckleball he could count on, Wright leaned on his fastball. But in the first at-bat of the inning, Albert Pujols took one of his heaters and smacked it off the Wall for a double.

When Wright grazed Jeffrey Marte's jersey with another fastball, Farrell immediately got on the phone to the bullpen to check on Barnes and pitching coach Carl Willis was walking out to the mound to talk things over. The plan Willis went over with Wright was to stick with the knuckleball, but after Wright walked Daniel Nava to load the bases, he said instincts took over. He fed C.J. Cron a 3-and-2 fastball and Cron blasted into the Monster seats for a grand slam and as he took his misty lap around the bases, Farrell came out from the Sox dugout to take the ball from Wright.

The rest of the Red Sox' 5-4 win was a tightrope walk in the rain.

Barnes got the Sox out of the inning, and the tarp came out right after. The Sox waited out a 1 hour, 35-minute delay and, even though the rain short-circuited his knuckleball, Wright still came away with his ninth win of the season.

Matt Barnes, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel combined to throw four shutout innings to preserve the win, but they had to dodge bullets to do it.

The closest call came in the ninth inning. Kimbrel started the inning by walking Mike Trout. He then got Albert Pujols to fly out to center and Marte to pop up to second. But just as it looked like he would slam the door, Daniel Nava laced a 1-and-0 fastball into the right field corner. Trout wheeled around from first, looking like he would coast in for the tying run as the ball bounced along the short fence, but a young fan stuck his arm out to snag the ball, stopping him in his tracks at third and holding Nava at second. The play was reviewed for fan interference, but umpires upheld the call as a ground-rule double. The next at-bat, Kimbrel got Cron to bounce out to third to end the game.

The Sox picked up a much-needed win after going 2-4 on their six-game road swing through Texas and Tampa Bay.

Betts went 3 for 4 with a run scored, giving him a major-league leading 34 multi-hit games this season. Brock Holt, anxious to get back on the field after missing 37 games due to a mild concussion, made up for lost time by going 2 for 4 with an RBI double and two runs scored. David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a solo homer in the sixth, moving him past Ted Williams, Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey for 19th on baseball's all-time home run list and also giving him 2,000 career hits in a Red Sox uniform.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

 

 

4

12

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

x

 

 

5

16

0

 

 

W-Steven Wright (9-5)
S-Craig Kimbrel (17)
L-Jhoulys Chacin (3-7)
Attendance - 37,117

2B-Betts (Bost), Holt (2)(Bost), Shaw (Bost),
Trout (LA), Pujols (LA), Nava (LA)

3B-Giavotella (LA)

HR-Ortiz (Bost), Cron (LA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 1 3 .291  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 1 .303  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 0 .337  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 1 3 .342  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 1 2 .297  

 

Brock Holt lf 4 2 2 .248  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 3 0 1 .270  

 

Christian Vazquez c 3 0 2 .224  

 

Marco Hernandez 3b 4 0 2 .275  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Steven Wright 5 8 4 3 3  

 

Matt Barnes 1 0 0 0 1  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1 1 0 1 1  

 

Koji Uehara 1 2 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 1 0 1 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

47 32 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

43

36

4

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

43 39 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

39 40 8

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

33 46 14