Betts’ 9th Inning Home Run Lifts Red Sox Over Brewers 4-1
Thursday, May 11, 2017
With the win, the Red Sox improve to 18-16 on the season.
Betts Comes Through in 9th
With the game tied at 1 in the top of the 9th the Red Sox put two men on base with no outs in advance of Betts coming to the plate.
Christian Vazquez drew a walk and Devin Marrero got on base following a fielding error.
Betts would hit a home run to left field on a 2-2 count to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.
Betts had two hits and three RBIs in the game, also scoring two runs.
Closer Craig Kimbrel would strike out the side in the bottom of the ninth and picked up the win.
The Red Sox return home for a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays starting on Friday, May 12.
Friday’s first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Rick Porcello against Tampa’s Alex Cobb.
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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