MOOKIE BETTS

A TEAM THAT COULDN'T GET THE JOB DONE ...
Mookie Betts leads the Sox
in a come-from-behind victory

June 29, 2017 ...  After going 2 for 4 with a homer and a go-ahead single in the Soxí 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins, Mookie Betts went 6 for 12 with a homer, a double, and three RBIs over the four games with the Twins.

His bat helped Sox starter David Price pick up his third win of the season after going seven innings with seven strikeouts, and he sparked a Sox lineup thatís been looking for stability.

The contributions came up and down the lineup. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 3 for 4 with an RBI double. Hanley Ramirez blasted his 11th homer of the season. Making a spot start for Dustin Pedroia at second base, Tzu-Wei Lin went 2 for 4 for the first multihit game of his career. Deven Marrero had a double and two RBIs.

With the Sox down, 3-0, in the fourth, Betts came to the plate to lead off the inning, got a hold of a 1-and-0 two-seamer from Twins starter Kyle Gibson and launched it into the Monster seats in left-center for his 13th homer of the season.

In the fifth, after Bradley drove in Ramirez with a double off the ladder along the Green Monster and later scored on a ground ball by Marrero to tie the game at 3, Betts came through again with a single up the middle that gave the Sox a 4-3 lead.

The Twins jumped ahead early. Two pitches in, Price tried to groove a two-seamer down and away to Brian Dozier, who lined it to the Monster for a double. He scored two at-bats later on a ground ball by Joe Mauer.

Price set down the side in order in the second and third, but ran into trouble in the fourth. He gave up a ground-rule double when Robbie Grossmanís liner found the dirt just inside the left-field line and took a tricky hop over the wall. Mauer then sent a liner to Mitch Moreland at first. Moreland snagged it on a hop, but Price, assuming he caught it on the fly, didnít break to cover the bag at first. Mauer had a single and Price was in a jam. A double by Jorge Polanco scored them both for a 3-0 lead.

Through six innings David Price was sitting at 100 pitches. The southpaw had notched a quality start and could have handed over the Red Soxí 5-3 lead to its core of late-inning specialists.

It took him just 12 pitches to retire the Twins in order in the seventh, getting Byron Buxton to lunge at an 88 mile-per-hour changeup before walking off to healthy applause from the Fenway faithful. The strikeout punctuated a performance that featured season highs in pitches (112) and swings-and-misses (18).

With his fastball touching 97 miles-per-hour for another season high, with a cutter sitting in the high 80ís, and a changeup and curveball that were used sparingly but effectively, the lefty had many Minnesota hitters off-balance. Price didnít walk a batter and struck out seven. He held the Twins to three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

MINNESOTA TWINS

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

3

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

1

3

1

1

0

x

 

 

6

10

1

 

 

W-David Price (3-2)
S-Craig Kimbrel (22)
L-Kyle Gibson (4-6)
Attendance - 37,445

 2B-Bradley (Bost), Marrero (Bost), Dozier (Minn),
 Grossman (Minn), Polanco (Minn)

 3B-Lin (Bost)

 HR-Betts (Bost), Ramirez (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 4 1 2 .275  

 

Adrw Benintendi lf 3 0 1 .276  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 4 0 0 .312  

 

Mitch Moreland 1b 4 0 0 .270  

 

Hanley Ramirez dh 3 2 1 .242  

 

Jackie Bradley cf 4 1 3 .272  

 

Christn Vazquez c 4 1 0 .288  

 

Tzu-Wei Lin 2b 4 1 2 .300  

 

Deven Marrero 3b 3 0 1 .171  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  David Price 7 6 3 0 7  

 

Joe Kelly 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 1 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2017 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

44 35 -

 

 

New York Yankees 42 35 1

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 41 40 4

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 39 39 4 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 37 41 6 1/2