HANLEY RAMIREZ

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Hanley Ramirez powers the Sox
into first place with 3HRS

July 20, 2016 ... Hanley Ramirez hit three home runs, drove in six runs, and made the key defensive play of the game as the surging Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants, 11-7. Ramirez hit his home runs to right, center, and left, each two-run shots. He had never hit three home runs in a game before or driven in six runs. Ramirez was a pariah last season, booed regularly at Fenway. But since the first day of spring training, when he showed a commitment to playing first base, he has turned it around.

Ramirezís career night allowed the Red Sox to survive a rocky welcome-to-Boston outing for Drew Pomeranz, who gave up five runs over three innings, almost losing an 8-0 lead. It took five relievers to secure the win, with Matt Barnes throwing three scoreless innings for the victory.

The game drew 38,201, the biggest crowd at Fenway Park this season. Many were Giants fans, which helped create a charged atmosphere all night. The fans saw 31 hits, 13 for extra-bases.

Giants starter Matt Cain was pitching at Fenway for the first time since 2007, when he lost a 1-0 duel against Daisuke Matsuzaka. This game was much different. Ortiz walked to start the second inning. Ramirez followed with a blast to right-center, the ball landing in the Red Sox bullpen and in the cap of Robbie Ross Jr. Right fielder Mac Williamson pulled a Torii Hunter and tumbled in after it. Travis Shaw then homered deep to right field with two outs.

Cain did not survive the third inning. Xander Bogaerts led off with a single before Ramirez homered to the base of the flagpole in center field. Albert Suarez came out of the bullpen and was hit hard. Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to right and scored on the first career triple by Sandy Leon, the ball rolling around after striking the wall in center field. Mookie Betts followed with a run-scoring double to left and the Sox had an 8-0 lead.

Handed the gift of bountiful run support, Pomeranz did not get another out. He walked Buster Posey to start the fourth inning. Then came consecutive hits from Brandon Crawford (single), Williamson (three-run homer), Grant Green (single], Trevor Brown (two-run homer), Ramiro Pena (single), and Denard Span (single). Ross came in and finally ended the inning. Pomeranz was charged with five earned runs in three innings. He had faced the Giants three previous times this season and gave up five earned runs over 17 innings.

Ross got five outs in a row before walking Green with two outs in the fifth inning. Former Giant Heath Hembree was next out of the bullpen and he surrendered three consecutive hits as San Francisco scored two more runs.

The Giants loaded the bases against Tommy Layne to start the sixth inning as Brandon Belt and Posey singled and Crawford drew a walk.

Barnes inherited a big mess but needed only eight pitches for the Houdini escape. Pinch hitter Gregor Blanco grounded to first and Ramirez stepped on the bag before firing a strike to the plate. Leon tagged Belt out and the call stood up on review. Pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie then fouled out to Ramirez.

In the sixth inning, Ortiz singled off Suarez with one out. Ramirez then lined a high slider just over the top of the wall in left field. Suarez had hit Ramirez with a pitch in the fourth inning after his first two home runs. Ramirez glared at him as he walked to first base with his bat in hand. Both teams were issued warnings. The only retaliation came from Ramirez.

The lead grew to four runs in the eighth inning when Leon homered to left-center.

Ramirez is the first Red Sox player to hit three home runs at Fenway Park since Kevin Millar on July 23, 2004, against the Yankees. All were solo shots.

The Sox have won eight of nine and climbed back into first place, a half-game ahead of Baltimore. At 53-39, they are 14 games over .500 for the first time since the end of 2013 season. They took two games from the Giants, who arrived at Fenway with the best record in baseball. San Francisco has lost five straight since the All-Star break.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

0

0

0

5

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

7

15

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

3

5

0

0

2

1

0

x

 

 

11

16

0

 

 

W-Matt Barnes (3-3)
L-Matt Cain (1-6)
Attendance - 38,201

2B-Crawford (SF), Bradley Jr (Bost),
Betts (2)(Bost)

3B-Leon (Bost)

HR-Ramirez (3)(Bost), Shaw (Bost), Leon (Bost),
Williamson (SF), Brown (SF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 0 3 .302  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 0 0 .294  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 2 .319  

 

David Ortiz dh 4 2 1 .326  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 3 3 .285  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 5 1 2 .295  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 5 1 1 .264  

 

Sandy Leon c 4 2 2 .435  

 

Brock Holt lf 4 1 2 .271  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Drew Pomeranz 3 8 5 2 4  

 

Robbie Ross Jr 1.2 0 1 1 2  

 

Heath Hembree 0.1 3 1 0 0  

 

Tommy Layne - 2 0 1 0  

 

Matt Barnes 3 2 0 0 2  

 

Brad Ziegler 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

53

39

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

53 40 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

54 42 1

 

 

New York Yankees

48 46 6

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

37 57 17