Boston Red Sox: Welcome Aboard Mr. Price

The one day delay to opening day of the 2016 season didn’t hurt the David Price debut as the ace of the Boston Red Sox pitched 6 solid innings to earn his 1st win in a Red Sox uniform…an impressive Sox 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

4-5 David Price wins 6-2 in season opener in Cleveland

Solid defense (led by a great catch in RF by Mookie Betts), power hitting (HRs by Betts & Big Papi) and 3 innings of shutout relief pitching by Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and new closer Craig Kimbell ended the day with smiles on the faces of Red Sox Nation.

Drawing Board Victory

This start went exactly as planned:

  • Price striking out 10 in his 6 inning stint,
  • Mookie Betts continuing to impress at bat and in the field
  • David “Big Papi” Ortiz cracking a HR to put the game away
  • Closer Craig Kimbrell throwing smoke as he ended the game with a strike out

Add in the bottom four in the batting order (Travis Shaw, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart & Jackie Bradley Jr.) going 5-15 with 3 walks, 2 runs 1 RBI and not much went wrong. Shaw had 2 hits and was flawless in the field (OK, so he only had a few chances) while Pablo “Panda” Sandoval stayed bundled up in the dugout.

Not everything was perfect (especially the temperature) as the Sox stranded 10 men and were just 1-7 with runners in scoring position, but that’s nitpicking after just one game.

Scoring Summary 

4-5 Mookie Betts homers to start the scoring vs Cleveland

Mookie Betts homers to start the scoring vs Cleveland

Boston scored first when Betts launched one to left field with Bradley (single) on base in the 3rd, but Cleveland came right back in the 4th with two of their own as Price had his only rocky inning of the game, throwing 34 pitches.

In the 6th the Sox put the game away with 2 more runs and knocked out former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber after just 5 1/3 innings. Boston hit him hard from the 2nd inning on, with 9 hits and 4 earned runs before he left the game.

4-5 Big Papi put the game away on Opening Day with a long HR to right

David Ortiz wrapped up the scoring with a long 2 run blast to RF in the 9th, taking away a save opportunity from closer Craig Kimbell.

Final: Boston 6 Cleveland 2 

David Price (1-0): 6IP – 5H – 2ER – 2 BB – 10 K – 103 Pitches

Corey Kluber (0-1): 5 1/3IP – 9H – 4ER – 2BB – 5K – 96 Pitches

Notes:

  • Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 4, but left himself open to criticism for not running out what should have been a double when he thought he had a HR. He did however give it his all when he went from 1st to 3rd on a single to left earlier

Ramirez went from 1st to 3rd on a single picture bostonglobecom

  • Despite the solid outing by Price, Betts was the star of the game, going 2-5 with a HR, 2 RBI and the catch of the day
  • Boston pitching accumulated 15 Ks, helped by a large strike zone from Home Plate Umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Prior to the game the Indians surprised Manager John Farrell with a special tribute as he was introduced
  • Old friend Mike Napoli had a tough game at the plate, striking out 3 times in 3 ABs

Quote: After the game Big Papi said: “When the lights go on Big Papi goes on”

Next Game:

RHP Clay Buchholz (7-7, 3.26) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (14-12, 3.63) Wednesday at 6:10 p.m.

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Things You Can Do To Enjoy Watching The Red Sox

APRIL 2015

The promise was there when the season started. What seemed like a nice balance of veterans and young players looked as if it would offset a highly questionable pitching staff. Oh, how we wanted to believe! The first few weeks of the season built hope that maybe, just maybe, the starters would be OK. Not great, but OK.

Jumping ahead….

JULY 25, 2015

All hope is lost. Those opening games seem like a mirage and reality has set in. Not only is the Sox pitching staff worse than we thought (not sure that is possible)…but the whole team, with a few exceptions, is an embarrassment. Yup, that’s the word. Many fair weather fans have put away their Bosox hats, shirts, underwear, bedspreads & removed all tattoos that make any reference to this team.  Red Sox stickers have been scraped from auto windows and logo license plates have been encircled in black. Say it ain’t so, but, this is worse than last year!

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: “I didn’t do a good enough job building a complete offense”(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: “I didn’t do a good enough job building a complete offense”(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

RED SOX FANS: WHAT TO DO

Boston Red Sox: Here are 5 things you can do to make the final months of baseball season more enjoyable:

  1. Keep the refrigerator full of beverages that dull the pain. Note: Be sure that you take your time walking to the fridge and visit the facility every time you get up. This makes time pass quickly
  2. Play games during the game.
    Monopoly - Just one of many games to pass time

    Monopoly – Just one of many games to pass time

    Here’s one I suggest: Have a log book handy so you can keep track of how many times the Red Sox have runners in scoring position with less than two out. For every run they score you get to take a drink, for every out they make without a run coming in you must get up and run outside screaming “The Red Sox %^&#$ (you pick the word)” Thank goodness the games are played during summer, so you won’t catch a cold. As an added benefit this will give you lots of exercise and cut way down on your drinking.

  3. Start a pool with friends (for enjoyment only, no money involved) who also are Red Sox masochists. Each square can represent the date the team will stop playing Mike Napoli, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval or Big Papi. The winner of the pool gets a bottle of their favorite beverage. Hint: you could really have 4 separate pools to quadruple the fun. You also could use this idea on the date when/if Clay Buchholz returns.
  4. When opposing teams come to bat hold your breath until they score a run (don’t worry, it won’t be too long). This will make you dizzy and things will become blurry, making it impossible to concentrate on the game, which is a good thing. Warning:This could prove fatal, but it is highly unlikely.

    This could be you (courtesy of johnlund.com

    This could be you (courtesy of johnlund.com)

  5. Make a vow to quit drinking for good if the Sox win 10 straight. This will allow you to enjoy the many losses without any guilt.

Now that I have you started I’m sure you can get your own creative juices started with some other ideas. Or better yet…find something else to do for a more enjoyable summer.

I’d love to hear your suggestions (keep them clean) and will write a follow up column with your comments after the season ends.

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