Boston Red Sox Game Recap: April 12, 2017 vs. Baltimore Orioles

The second game of a two-game series between division rivals pitted knuckleballer Steven Wright against righty Ubaldo Jimenez.

Wright began the first inning by hitting leadoff man Seth Smith on the second pitch, who advanced to second base on a wild pitch to Adam Jones. The knuckleballer looked to settle in when he struck Jones out, but Manny Machado had different plans. The third baseman launched an automatic double into the bullpen in right field, scoring Smith. After a Chris Davis ground out to shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Mark Trumbo hit an opposite-field single in front of a charging Mookie Betts, scoring Machado. Welington Castillo then stung a groundball up the middle for a single, and was chased home when youngster Trey Mancini blasted a thigh-high knuckleball over the short right field fence. The trouble continued when Jonathan Schoop smashed the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster, bringing the score to 6-0 Baltimore. J.J. Hardy joined the hit parade by smoking the ball off the Monster, resulting in a double. Seth Smith ended the disastrous first with a loud out to left field that caused Chris Young to crash into the Monster.

After Jimenez pitched around a Dustin Pedroia leadoff single, Jones made up for his strikeout in the first by smoking a ball over the 37’ left field wall and onto Landsdowne Street. Following a Machado groundout, Davis crushed a home run to right field. With the score 8-0 and only four outs recorded, manager John Farrell strutted to the mound to get the ball from Wright and bring in rookie Ben Taylor for early mop-up duties. Taylor got the job done, retiring Trumbo on a grounder to second base and sitting down Castillo with a ꓘ.

Following another scoreless frame for Jimenez, Trey Mancini drove a line drive in the the Monster seats to lead off the top of the third and give the Orioles a 9-0 lead. After a Schoop strikeout, Hardy reached on a single to left field, but he was erased by a Seth Smith double play.

Chris Young started the bottom of the third with his second double of the season, and Sandy Leon moved him over on an infield single to first baseman Chris Davis. Pedroia made the first out with an opposite field liner. With men on the corners, Andrew Benintendi hit a fly ball to the warning track in left, scoring Young and giving Benintendi his club-leading sixth RBI of the season. Jimenez was able to escape without further damage by inducing an inning-ending grounder to first base.

Taylor pitched a scoreless top of the fourth, allowing a two-out double by Davis then getting a fine jumping catch from Young in left field to record the third out.

Hanley Ramirez got the bottom of the fourth started off with a leadoff double, and then advanced to third on a passed ball. After a broken-bat groundout by Moreland, Xander Bogaerts doubled the Red Sox run total with a single to right field. Pablo Sandoval then doubled Boston’s score again with a two-run homer into the Monster seats, bringing the score to 9-4. After Chris Young stung a grounder down the third-base line for a single, he advanced to second on a wild pitch by Jimenez. The righty got out of the inning though, getting a fly to center by Leon and a Pedroia liner to shortstop to end the inning.

Taylor tossed a scoreless fifth, and Benintendi led off the bottom of the inning with a four-pitch walk – Boston’s first walk of the game. Ramirez then hit a ground-ball single up the middle following a Mookie Betts flyout to center field. With men on first and second, Jimenez walked Moreland to load the bases and end the righty’s day. Ubaldo went 4 ⅓ innings, allowing eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out one.

Mychal Givens replaced Jimenez with the bases juiced and one out, and gave up a bloop single to left field, advancing each runner one base and narrowing Baltimore’s lead to 9-5. Sandoval then went down on three strikes, and Young stranded three runners with a deep flyout to center field.

Lefty Fernando Abad replaced Taylor in the top of the sixth after the righty went 3 ⅔ innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Abad induced a leadoff groundout from Seth Smith, then allowed an Adam Jones single down the first-base line. But the lefty was able to get a twin killing when Machado topped a tailor-made grounder to shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

After Givens tossed a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Davis hit a broken-bat single over the infield and into center field. The single brought Farrell out of the dugout to call on right-hander Joe Kelly. Trumbo greeted Kelly by lacing a line drive into right field for a single, advancing Davis to second. Castillo then smacked an opposite-field liner down the first-base line, scoring both baserunners. The Orioles catcher advanced to third base on an error by Pedroia on the relay. With the score at 11-5, a man on third, and no outs, Kelly struck out Mancini before Schoop hit an RBI single past the ranging Xander Bogaerts. The righty was able to end the inning on a 4-6-3 double play, keeping the score at 12-5.

Givens retired Hanley Ramirez to start the bottom of the seventh, and was replaced by lefty Donnie Hart. Left-handed hitting Mitch Moreland proceeded to hit his seventh double in six games . Xander Bogaerts then hit a high chopper over Hart’s head, leading to an infield single and advancing Moreland to third. A rally was not in the cards, however, as Sandoval popped out to the catcher and Young went down swinging at strike three.

Marco Hernandez replaced Dustin Pedroia at second base in the top of the eighth, Pedroia is riding an eight-game hitting streak (all eight games this season). Kelly threw the first 1-2-3 inning for the Red Sox in that inning, holding the Red Sox 12-5 deficit.

The bullpens would then trade zeroes for the rest of the game with Hart pitching the bottom eighth, followed by Boston’s Robby Scott in the top of the ninth before Vidal Nuno kept the score at 12-5 in the final frame.

Boston will play a make-up game against the PIttsburgh Pirates this afternoon with Boston turning to lefty Eduardo Rodriguez and the Pirates rolling with righty Chad Kuhl.


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