Red Sox Manage Only 5 Hits, Fall to Rays 4-1
Monday, September 11, 2017
Boston had scored a combined 18 runs over their last two games against the Rays.
Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello picked up his league leading 17th loss of the season, giving up five hits in five innings.
The Red Sox fall to 81-62 on the season. They now have a 3.5 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.
Red Sox Offense Struggles
Boston's Christian Vazquez put the Red Sox on the board with an RBI single in the second inning to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead. However, they would only record four more hits the rest of the game.
Still leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Tampa’s Wilson Ramos and Evan Longoria each hit an RBI single to give the Rays a 2-1 lead.
The Rays would add to their lead in the sixth when Ramos hit a home run just over the center field wall to make it 3-1 and Lucas Duda hit a home run in the seventh to make it 4-1 Rays.
The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer 18 times in 30 starts with Porcello on the mound.
Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb gave up one run on four hits and three walks over five innings of action.
The Red Sox return to action on Tuesday, September 12 when they host the Oakland A’s at 7:10 p.m.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez against Oakland’s Sean Manaea.
Yankees (7.8%) and Diamondbacks (5.8%) both have higher World Series win percentages as 2nd place terms than Sox (5.2%), per Prospectus odds https://t.co/XZR7DdBBQV— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) September 10, 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
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Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
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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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