Bradley Jr., Betts Hit Home Runs in Red Sox 6-3 Win Over St. Louis
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Red Sox improve to 20-18 on the season.
Red Sox Grab Control of The Game
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the 5th, the Red Sox would score two runs to grab the lead.
Bradley scored on an RBI groundout by Betts to tie the game at 3.
Deven Marrero reached on an error by the Cardinals’ Jedd Gyorko, and then scored on Dustin Pedroia single to center. That run gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.
The Red Sox would add two more runs in the 8th inning, the first coming on a Christian Vazquez sac fly and then on an error by St. Louis’ Tommy Pham.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 12th save of the season in the 9th.
The Red Sox and Cardinals conclude their two-game series on Wednesday night with first pitch at 8:15 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Rick Porcello against St. Louis’ Mike Leake.
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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