Red Sox Clinch AL East With 6-3 Win Over Astros
Sunday, October 01, 2017
The win marked the first time in franchise history that the Red Sox have won back-to-back AL East titles.
Boston improves to 93-68 on the season and avoids the potential for a one-game playoff with the Yankees.
The Red Sox will now face the Astros in the ALDS. The Yankees will face Minnesota in the Wildcard game.
Red Sox Take Control
With the game scoreless in the fourth, Boston's Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single to center to score Mookie Betts and give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Rafael Devers followed up with a double to center to score Mitch Moreland, increasing Boston’s lead to 2-0.
The Red Sox would add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Andrew Benintendi singled home Xander Bogaerts to put Boston up 3-0.
Moreland followed with a double to center scoring two more runs and putting the Red Sox in control up 5-0.
The Astros would get two runs back in the seventh to cut Boston’s lead to 5-2, before Betts hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to extend Boston’s lead to 6-2.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a home run to Houston’s Brian McCann in the ninth before closing out the game and the division.
Season Wraps up
The Red Sox and Astros will play the final game of the regular season on Sunday, October 1 at 3 p.m.
The pitching matchup is scheduled for Boston’s Hector Velazqeuz against Houston’s Collin McHugh.
Chris Sale was supposed to start, but will rest given the game does not matter.
Red Sox improved to 70-8 when scoring 5 or more runs. Playoff goal for Red Sox: score 5 or more runs a game.— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) September 30, 2017
Andrew Benintendi joins Ellis Burks (1987) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997) as the only Red Sox rookies with 20 HR and 20 steals in a season.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 30, 2017
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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