Leon’s Two-Run Single in 8th Lifts Red Sox Over Detroit 7-5
Monday, April 10, 2017
Leon’s game winning hit was his second of the season after he won Boston’s Wednesday night game against Pittsburgh with a three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th.
The win snaps a two game losing streak for the Red Sox, moving them to 3-2 on the year.
Red Sox Rally
The Red Sox trailed the Tigers three different times in the game before rallying to tie the game at 4 in the 8th inning following a bases-loaded walk to Brock Holt.
When Leon got to the plate, he hit the first pitch that he saw from Detroit’s Kyle Ryan into center field, scoring Mookie betts and Chris Young. The hit put the Red Sox up 6-4.
Boston would add another run after Holt scored on a double-play ground ball from Pablo Sandoval.
In the 9th, Sox closers Craig Kimbrel walked the first two batters and gave up a run before sealing the win for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox continue close the series against the Tigers on Monday, April 10 at 1:10 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Chris Sale against Justin Verlander.
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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