Benintendi’s Two-Run Single Lifts Red Sox Over Tampa 4-3
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
First pitch of the game was at 11 a.m., coinciding with the Boston Marathon.
The Red Sox have now won three straight games and improve to 8-5 on the season.
Red Sox Rally in 2nd
The Red Sox trailed 2-1 in the second inning when Tampa’s Brad Miller dropped a toss from shortstop Tim Beckham that would have ended the inning.
Next Red Sox at bat, Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead, two-run single to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Mookie betts would follow up with a single to extend Boston’s lead to 4-2 in the inning.
The Rays got one run back in the 7th inning before Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 6th save of the season.
Red Sox starter Steven Wright picked up his first win of the season, allowing three runs - one earned - and nine hits in six innings. In his previous start, he gave up four home runs in less than two innings.
Red Sox Hit the Road
The Red Sox return to action on Tuesday, April 18 when they begin a series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Brian Johnson is expected to make the start for Boston against Toronto’s Marcus Stroman.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
Related Slideshow: The History of Baseball in Central Massachusetts
Baseball and Central Mass. go way back - to the 1860s. The local historical landmarks range from Mudville to Hotel Vernon to Fitton Field. A version of these highlights is posted on the site of the new, yet-to-be-formally-named Worcester Baseballteam of the three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.
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