Betts’ First Home Run of Season Helps Red Sox Edge Blue Jays 8-7
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Red Sox have now won four straight games and improve to 9-5 on the season.
Brian Johnson picked up the win for the Red Sox in his first major league start in 21 months. He gave up four runs and seven hits while striking out six in five innings.
Red Sox Hold on
With the Red Sox leading 8-4 in the bottom of the 9th, Toronto’s Steve Pearce drove in Russell Martin with a single. After that, Ezequiel Carrera hit his first home run of the year, a two-run blast into the Blue Jays' bullpen in left field, to cut the Red Sox lead to just one, 8-7. However, Devon Travis popped out to shortstop to seal the Red Sox win.
The Red Sox started to build their lead during a three run third inning that saw Betts hit an RBI single. He would hit his first home run of the season in the 7th.
Mitch Moreland continued to have a hot bat for Boston, reaching base for the 12th straight game and driving in three runs in the game.
Pablo Sandoval also tallied three hits in the game. It is his first three hit game since 2015.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays continue their series on Wednesday, April 19 when Boston’s Rick Porcello faces Toronto’s Francisco Liriano.
First pitch is set for 7 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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