video: Betts’ 3-Run Home Run Helps Red Sox Cruise Past Rays 9-3
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Boston pitcher Drew Pomeranz took a no hitter into the fifth inning before giving up two hits. He struck out seven en route to his 15th win of the season.
The Red Sox improve to 80-61 on the season and now have a 4.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Red Sox Cruise to Win
In the bottom of the first, Dustin Pedroia hit a lead off single to center field and advanced to third base on a double by Andrew Benintendi.
With two men on, Betts hit a three run home run right around the Pesky Pole to give the Red Sox an early 3-0 lead.
Boston would break the game open in the fourth inning with five runs to take an 8-0 lead.
The inning would be highlighted by an RBI singles by Jackie Bradley Jr., Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez.
The Rays would get two runs back in the top of the fifth and another in the seventh, but would not threaten the Red Sox lead.
Red Sox pitching limited the Rays to just five hits in the game.
The Red Sox and Rays continue their series on Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Chris Sale against Tampa’s Matt Andriese.
This is the first time since 1953 the Red Sox have two left-handed pitchers with 15+ wins apiece (Pomeranz-15, Sale-15).— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 9, 2017
The answer: Jackie Bradley Jr.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 9, 2017
The question: Who is the best defensive CF you’ve seen with the Red Sox.
His catch ends it. 9-3 Sox.
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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