We normally don’t do individual MLB game recaps on here simply because there’s too much to cover. But tonight’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians deserves to be an exception, because it was the game of the year to this point.
The game was absolutely nuts for lack of a better term. If you don’t believe me, look at the final stats; 22 runs scored, 28 hits, six home runs, four blown leads, two blown saves and a walk-off.
Expected to be pitcher’s duel between Boston’s Cy Young favorite Chris Sale and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, the game wound up being the exact opposite.
The Indians jumped all over Sale, tagging the Boston ace for seven earned runs and five in the first two innings. Despite being given a 5-0 lead, Carrasco too was smoked and gave up the lead in just an inning and a third before getting pulled. After the Red Sox tied it at five, noted Red Sox killer Edwin Encarnacion belted a two-run shot to give the Tribe the lead back, 7-5 in the fifth. That was it for Sale as well.
Hanley Ramirez almost made it 7-6 in the bottom of the frame with a long drive to dead-away center, but was robbed by Austin Jackson. The center fielder flipped over the wall into the Boston bullpen to make a jaw-dropping catch, shades of Jackie Bradley Jr. on Aaron Judge a few weeks ago.
Boston once again warred back and took a 9-7 lead in the sixth courtesy of a bases-clearing double by newcomer Eduardo Nunez. However, the Red Sox other newbie, reliever Addison Reed, had a tougher time, surrendering a bomb of a homer to the first batter he faced with his new team. Carlos Santana’s shot in the eighth made it 9-8. But Reed hammered down, and the one run lead was in the capable hands of Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.
However, the wackiness continued when Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot to lead off, tying the game at nine. Boston’s normally unflappable closer got into even more trouble by loading the bases and then throwing a wild pitch, allowing Jose Ramirez to score, 10-9 Tribe. In the blink of an eye, Cleveland went from three outs from losing to three outs from winning.
With Andrew Miller already having been used, Indians setup man Cody Allen came on for the save. He started it well by striking out Bradley, but then allowed a single to red-hot youngster Rafael Devers. Xander Bogaerts then flew out, leaving it up to Mitch Moreland. Moreland struck out on a wild pitch, but catcher Yan Gomes couldn’t corral it and Moreland reached to keep the inning alive. Up came Christian Vazquez.
After working to 3-1, Vazquez forced Allen to serve up a fastball, and he hit it over the centerfield wall to give Boston an unbelievable 12-10 win and send Fenway Park into a fracas.
In one of the wildest and most entertaining contests of the season and maybe even MLB history, Boston and Cleveland elevated their underrated rivalry to a new level. It was an especially sweet win for the Red Sox and their fans considering this was the team’s first meeting with the Tribe since they were unceremoniously swept in last year’s ALDS by the eventual AL champs.
With the win and Yankees loss to Detroit, Boston is back atop the AL East. Cleveland’s lead over Kansas City in the AL Central is now two games. Boston goes for the sweep tonight in a rematch between Trevor Bauer and Rick Porcello from the opening game of the ALDS last year.
Hats off to both teams on an incredible showing. The Red Sox won the contest, but the fans were the real winners.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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