XANDER BOGAERTS

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
The Sox rally to defeat the Yankees again

September 17, 2016 ... Xander Bogaerts drove in three runs and scored three runs as the Red Sox came back to beat the Yankees, 6-5. He was 3 for 4 with two doubles and a home run.

For weeks now there have been too many popups and ground balls off the bat of Bogaerts. The All-Star shortstop of the Red Sox was still an effective player but not the elite one he had been for much of the season. His batting average, a healthy .329 at the end of July, dropped to .295 in six weeks. His on-base and slugging percentages also plummeted. For the Sox, getting Bogaerts going has been a priority and his big day came as a relief.

The Yankees could not hold a 5-2 lead as the Sox scored the final four runs. They took the lead in the seventh inning on, of all things, a wild pitch.

The improved Sox bullpen worked three scoreless innings. Matt Barnes (4-3) was the winner and Craig Kimbrel got four outs for his 27th save, striking out all four batters he faced.

The Sox were down, 5-2, after four innings as David Price was hit hard early. They cut the deficit to 5-4 in the fifth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk and scored when Bogaerts homered to left field.

Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell threw a fastball about 8 inches inside. But Bogaerts was somehow able to keep his hands inside the ball and line it over the Green Monster. That he kept the ball fair was astonishing. It was the 20th home run for Bogaerts, 13 more than last season.

Price completed six innings, keeping the Sox in the game. He allowed a leadoff single by Didi Gregorius in the sixth inning but struck out Austin Romine and Rob Refsynder to end the inning.

After leaving the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the Sox finally took a lead in the seventh. Facing Luis Severino, Bogaerts led off with a double to center field. The ball nearly reached the Sox bullpen but landed at the base of the wall. Had he not watched the ball, he might have made third base. He got there a batter later when David Ortiz flied to center facing Tommy Layne.

Adam Warren was next out of the Yankees’ bullpen. Betts singled to left field to drive in Bogaerts. Hanley Ramirez (3 for 4) also singled. The runners moved up on a ground out. With Sandy Leon up, Warren threw a curveball in the dirt that bounced away from Romine. Betts was quick down the line and scored standing. When Romine turned his back to the plate, Ramirez also tried to score. The catcher recovered in time to tag him out. In the end, the Sox did not need the extra run.

The Sox have taken the first three games of the series with the finale on Sunday night. Overall, they have won eight of 11. With Baltimore and Toronto losing, the Sox lead the American League East by three games with 14 to play.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

9

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

2

0

2

0

2

0

x

 

 

6

10

0

 

 

W-Matt Barnes (4-3)
S- Craig Kimbrel (27)
L-Adam Warren (6-4)
Attendance - 37,267

2B-Benintendi (Bost), Bogaerts (2)(Bost),
Ramirez (Bost), Romine (NY), Castro (NY)

3B-Gardner (NY)

HR-Bogaerts (Bost), Sanchez (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 0 .327  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 3 3 .299  

 

David Ortiz dh 3 0 0 .318  

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 1 2 .314  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 3 .290  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 4 0 0 .252  

 

Sandy Leon c 4 0 0 .339  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 2 1 1 .273  

 

A Benintendi lf 3 1 1 .324  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

David Price 6 9 5 0 7  

 

Robbie Ross 0.1 0 0 1 0  

 

Matt Barnes 1.1 0 0 1 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1.1 0 0 0 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

84

64

-

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

81 67 3

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

81 67 3

 

 

New York Yankees

77 71 7

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

64 84 20

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 12