Moreland’s Two RBI Single Helps Red Sox Rally Past Tampa 7-5
Monday, April 17, 2017
Mitch Moreland with another hit to drive in 2 and give Sox a 6-5 lead pic.twitter.com/kaPCdxidRZ— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) April 16, 2017
Moreland signed with the Red Sox as a free agent on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million in the offseason. He has gone 16 for 33 and is batting .333 after starting the year 0 for 12
The Red Sox have now won two straight games and improve to 7-5 on the year.
Red Sox Rally
Trailing 5-4 in the 7th inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases against Tampa’s Danny Farquhar before he was taken out of the game.
The Rays brought in Xavier Cedeno to face Moreland.
Moreland hit a single off Cedeno to drive in two runs and give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead.
Christian Vazquez added an RBI double in the 8th inning to increase Boston’s lead to 7-5.
Craig Kimbrel had two strikeouts in the 9th to earn his fifth save of the season.
Reliever Joe Kelly picked up the win for the Red Sox after starter Drew Pomeranz gave up five runs in four and a third innings pitched.
The Red Sox wrap up their series with the Rays on Monday, April 17 with first pitch set for 11 a.m.
Steven Wright is set to make the start for Boston against Blake Snell.
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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