HANLEY RAMIREZ

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
Hanley's HRs lead the Sox to sweep the Yankees

September 18, 2016 ... Hanley Ramirez did it again. He hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Red Sox completed a sweep of the Yankees with a 5-4 victory before a frenzied crowd of 37,306 at Fenway Park.

Ramirez was 9 of 16 in the series with four home runs and nine RBIs. He has 28 home runs and 106 RBIs in what has turned into an extraordinary comeback season. At this time a year ago, Ramirez was on the disabled list with a shoulder injury after a poor first season in Boston. It got a point where the team sent him home with a week left to play.

So much has changed. In 18 games since August 30th, Ramirez has hit .400 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs. The Red Sox have won 12 of those games and surged into first place.

After Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz gave up four runs, the Red Sox bullpen blanked the Yankees for 5 1/3 innings. Heath Hembree, Junichi Tazawa, Brad Ziegler, Robby Scott, Joe Kelly. and Koji Uehara combined to give up four hits. Scott (1-0) was the winner with Uehara getting his seventh save. Sox relievers have a 0.94 ERA this month.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning. A mistake on a simple play let the Sox back into the game. Bryan Holaday started the inning with a double off the top of the wall in center. A fan reached down and tried to grab the ball and interference as called. Xander Bogaerts drew a walk with one out. Mookie Betts followed with a soft line drive to the left of the mound that Sabathia stabbed. Bogaerts was well off first base and sure to be doubled off to end the inning. But Sabathia’s throw was wild and the runners advanced to second and third. That got Ramirez to the plate. He unloaded on a slider, driving the ball off the base of the light tower in left field for his 27th home run.

Sabathia was at 101 pitches but stayed in for the sixth inning. Singles by Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game. The Sox took the lead in the seventh inning when Ramirez homered to left field again, this time off Tyler Clippard. He hammered a 3-and-2 changeup over everything.

The Sox fell into that 4-0 hole because of a worrisome outing from Pomeranz. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. He is at 164 1/3 innings after 29 starts with the Padres and Red Sox this season and appears worn down. He has started six games at Fenway and allowed 20 runs over 26 2/3 innings. He has given up eight home runs at home.

It was the first four-game sweep of the Yankees for the Sox since June 4-7, 1990. The Yankees lost leads of 5-1 (Thursday), 5-2 (Saturday), and 4-0 (Sunday) in the series. The Yankees have lost five straight and seven of eight. They are eight games behind in the division and four games behind in the wild-card race.

With 13 games to play, the Sox have a three-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. The 85-64 Sox have won nine of their last 12 games.

 

 

 

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

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

4

 

 

4

11

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

3

1

1

0

x

 

 

5

10

0

 

 

W-Robby Scott (1-0)
S- Koji Uehara (7)
L-Tyler Clippard (1-1)
Attendance - 37,306

2B-Gardner (NY), McCann (NY), Williams (NY),
Holaday (Bost)

HR-Sanchez (NY), Ramirez (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 0 .324  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 2 1 0 .298  

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 0 1 .314  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 4 2 3 .294  

 

Chris Young lf 4 0 1 .280  

 

Travis Shaw 1b 4 1 1 .252  

 

Aaron Hill 3b 3 0 1 .219  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 0 1 .273  

 

Bryan Holaday c 2 1 2 .228  

 

David Ortiz ph 1 0 0 .317  

 

Christian Vazquez c 1 0 0 .224  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Drew Pomeranz 3.2 7 4 2 3  

 

Heath Hembree 1.1 1 0 0 0  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Brad Ziegler 0.2 1 0 0 1  

 

Robby Scott 0.2 0 0 0 1  

 

Joe Kelly 0.2 1 0 0 0  

 

Koji Uehara 1 1 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

85

64

-

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

82 67 3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

81 68 4

 

 

New York Yankees

77 72 8

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

64 85 21

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 11