DUSTIN PEDROIA

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS

On the brink of defeat, the Sox rally back

July 31, 2016 ...  The Red Sox were trailing by three runs in the ninth inning and Mookie Betts was down to his last strike against Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street. Many of the fans at Angel Stadium were walking up an aisle, looking over their shoulders to see what surely would be the end of the game. That the Sox had two runners on base wasn't trivial. But they hadn't had a big hit all day, all weekend, really.

Betts lined a single to center field and a run scored. With the tying run suddenly on base, Dustin Pedroia launched a slider to center field that cleared the fence. Not even Mike Trout could reach it. Pedroia let out a scream as he rounded first base. Xander Bogaerts was next and he homered to left field. In a span of six pitches, the Red Sox had an unlikely 5-3 victory, one of their best of this or any season.

Bogaerts, who rarely shows much emotion on the field, pointed skyward as he crossed the plate and gave leaping high-fives to three teammates before he arrived at the dugout.

Yunel Escobar singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Brad Ziegler. But Pedroia fielded a grounder from Kole Calhoun, tagged the runner, and flipped to first to end the game. Trout was left on deck.

Pedroia was called out on strikes in the fifth inning by umpire Gabe Morales and stood at the plate arguing that the pitch was high. Farrell hustled out of the dugout, prodded Pedroia out of the way and was ejected a few seconds later. The alternative was seeing Pedroia get tossed.

Pedroia grounded out with Brock Holt on second base to end the seventh inning, leaving him with a .250 batting average with runners in scoring position. But when he came up again in the ninth, the slate was clean. There also was redemption for Clay Buchholz, who pitched three scoreless innings for his first career victory in relief.

The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. Escobar singled to center with one out and went to third when Calhoun dropped a flare into shallow center, just out of the reach Pedroia. Trout, down 1 and 2 in the count, ripped a line drive to the left side that ticked off the glove of a leaping Bogaerts. Escobar scored and Calhoun went to third. With Trout on the move, Albert Pujols grounded to second. The only play was at first and Calhoun scored. Andrelton Simmons drew a walk to extend the inning and Jeffrey Marte dropped a bloop single into center that scored Trout.

Wright allowed 10 hits over five innings but half were softly hit. Still, he has a 6.18 earned run average in his last seven starts.

Tyler Skaggs and three relievers held the Sox to five hits over the first eight innings. The Red Sox had struck out 11 times and not come close to scoring.

Until the ninth inning, the Sox had not scored in 16 consecutive innings and were on the verge of their eighth loss in 10 games.

 

at Angel Stadium, Anaheim ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

 

5

9

1

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

 

3

11

1

W-Clay Buchholz (4-9)
S-Brad Ziegler (20)
L-Huston Street (3-2)
A
ttendance 39,553

2B-Holt (Bost), Escobar (LA)
HR-Pedroia (Bost), Bogaerts (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 1 2 .305  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 1 .303  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 1 .329  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 0 0 .320  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 1 .275  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 1 1 .295  

 

Aaron Hill 3b 4 1 1 .269  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 4 0 0 .163  

 

Bryce Brentz lf 1 0 1 .288  

 

Brock Holt ph/lf 2 0 1 .257  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Steven Wright 5 10 3 2 5  
  Clay Buchholz 3 0 0 1 1  
  Brad Ziegler 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 59 45 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 59 46 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 57 46 1 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 52 52 7

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 42 61 16 1/2