Boston Red Sox Game Recap: April 11, 2017 vs. Baltimore Orioles

Despite Jackie Bradley Jr. heading to the disabled list, the Boston Red Sox were back to nearly full strength. Xander Bogaerts returned to the lineup, coming off the bereavement list, and Hanley Ramirez is finally over the flu that kept him out of the lineup since April 5. Drew Pomeranz, coming off the DL, made his first start of the season with the Baltimore Orioles countering with righty Dylan Bundy.

In the bottom of the second, Mitch Moreland hit a wall-ball double off the Green Monster for his sixth double of the season, advancing Hanley Ramirez to third, who had walked. Following a Xander Bogaerts strikeout, Pablo Sandoval drove a curveball to left field to score Ramirez from third base for the sac fly. Bundy was then able to strike out Chris Young to end the inning, holding the score at 1-0 Red Sox.

Bundy and Pomeranz traded shutout innings until the bottom of the fifth, when Young hit a one-out single up the middle. Young then advanced to third base on a Vazquez double, and scored on a sac fly from Pedroia, increasing Boston’s lead to 2-0. Andrew Benintendi went down on a grounder to first baseman Chris Davis to end the frame.

Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the sixth with a ringing single up the middle. Ramirez then hit into a flyout to right field, which was followed by an inning-ending ground-ball double play ball from Mitch Moreland, dashing Boston’s hopes of extending their 2-0 lead.

Pomeranz came out to begin the seventh inning to face Chris Davis, who hit an opposite field single to chase the left-hander from the game. Pomeranz went six innings plus one batter, allowing four hits and a walk, while keeping the O’s off the board. The lefty also struck out six batters.

With Davis standing at first, manager John Farrell turned to Heath Hembree as the first man out of the pen. Welington Castillo greeted Hembree with a single to left field, advancing Davis to third base. Following a Trey Mancini strikeout, a high-hop grounder by Schoop scored the runner and resulted in just one out as the ball was hit too softly to turn two. With the score at 2-1 Boston, Craig Gentry grounded to Bogaerts who flipped the ball to Pedroia for the third out of the inning.

Bundy came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh and retired Xander Bogaerts on a grounder to the shortstop’s counterpart before doling out a six-pitch walk to Sandoval. The walk was all Baltimore manager Buck Showalter needed to see, and the young righty was replaced by submariner Darren O’Day. Bundy tossed 6 ⅓ innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three Red Sox.

Chris Young grounded into a potential double play, but shortstop J.J. Hardy bobbled then dropped the groundball, leading to both runners being safe at first and second. Vazquez then hit a high pop up into shallow center field that no Oriole could make a play on, resulting in a bases-loaded one-out situation. Pedroia came through with a ground-ball single up the middle and by the diving Hardy. Both Sandoval and Young scored, extending the Red Sox lead to 4-2.

Andrew Benintendi then smoked a single to right field, scoring Vazquez and advancing Pedroia to third. The young outfielder advanced to second on a throwing error by right fielder Craig Gentry. Mookie Betts then ground to Hardy who charged the ball and was able to catch Pedroia half-way down the third-base line to home plate. The Red Sox second baseman was retired, but both of the other runners advanced, leaving men in scoring position. Hanley Ramirez then hit a loud out to deep right field, ending the inning with the score at 5-1.

Matt Barnes came on in relief of Hembree to pitch the eighth, and struck out Craig Gentry and Adam Jones before getting Machado to fly out to center to end the inning.

The Orioles turned to Oliver Drake in the bottom of the eighth, and the righty sandwiched a Bogaerts walk in between strikeouts by Moreland and Sandoval. Young then smacked a line drive up the middle, advancing Bogaerts to second base. With men on first and second, Christian Vazquez hit a fly ball to right field that Gentry was unable to make a play on, resulting in a two-RBI standup triple. Dustin Pedroia then increased Boston’s lead by hitting a single off of Drake, which scored Vazquez from third. With the score 8-1 Red Sox, Ramirez hit a soft liner to Schoop to end the inning after Benintendi and Betts reached on infield singles.

Joe Kelly finished off the O’s with a scoreless ninth, allowing a one-out walk, but erasing it with a double play for the 26th and 27th outs of the game.

The Red Sox will face the Orioles again tomorrow night at 7:10 with righty Ubaldo Jimenez going for Baltimore and knuckleballer Steven Wright pitching for the Sox.


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