Last night the Tampa Bay Rays (56-76) played a complete game in defeating the Boston Red Sox (74-59) to set up an opportunity for the Rays to have their first winning month in 2016. The Sox have done disappointingly little against the cellar dwellers of the AL East this year, particularly given how often they’ve shown up as the supposed light at the end of the tunnel when the Red Sox have been struggling.
This time followed by a save from the Boston bats. Despite his age he still has above-average speed and great bat speed that will help him continue his career with the Red Sox in the seasons to come.
The Rays held early 1-0 and 4-1 leads, getting an RBI double by Brad Miller (his 26th RBI of August) and home runs by Logan Forsythe (his 17th) and Logan Morrison (11th, first since July 5). Brock Holt stroked a pinch-hit single and Hill came through to right field.
So desperate was Farrell to retake the lead in the bottom of the eighth, the 54-year-old skipper directed Sandy Leon, who is hitting.350 this season, to drop down a sacrifice bunt after Hanley Ramirez drew a leadoff walk to start the eighth inning with the score tied 6-6.
Jackie Bradley Jr., who had three hits, and Xander Bogaerts each homered for the Red Sox.
2B Dustin Pedroia returned from a two-game absence to attend a family funeral and singled leading off the bottom of the first, his 14th hit in his last 18 at-bats.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-10) gave up Hill’s single and an RBI double by Bradley in the eighth.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1: Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days, and Marco Estrada allowed one run and four hits over seven-plus innings.
The NY Yankees scored a big-time win in Kansas City last night, beating the Royals 5-4 in ten innings when Chasen Shreve, fresh on a call-up from the minors, was put into a bases-loaded, one out situation in the tenth, asked to protect a one-run lead against the defending World Series champs with a sea of royal blue rooters roaring in his ears. He also joined Ted Williams (1939) and Tony Conigliaro (1965) as the only Red Sox players to hit 30 homers in a season before turning 24. He opened the year with Class A Salem, where he hit.307 with four homers and 36 steals in 61 games.
“Definitely the not hustling”, Cash said. The Red Sox were one of 28 teams to watch Tim Tebow’s workout Tuesday, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told NESN, “I don’t think we’ll be rushing out to make a signing.”.
Farrell later said that he didn’t want to get Kimbrel in to the game in the eighth because the closer had thrown 21 pitches Tuesday night after not pitching at all in the previous five games. Since the Cy Young Award was first introduced in 1956, four of the six Red Sox pitchers to lead the majors in victories went on to win the award.
“This one’s on me.it’s a tough way to lose”, Pomeranz said. The Red Sox also happen to be the only team in the AL with three starting pitchers (Steven Wright, 3.0) in the top 10 WAR. “I have pretty good control with it”, Pomeranz said. Manager John Farrell said he would fly on his own to the West Coast “to keep him away from others. being so contagious”.
Rays: Manager Kevin Cash has chose to go with six starters when RHP Aex Cobb returns to the rotation this weekend against Toronto after being sidelined since Tommy John surgery in May 2015.
Red Sox: OF Andrew Benintendi has been fitted for a brace for his sprained left knee.