Red Sox Rally Falls Short Against Tampa, Lose 5-4
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Red Sox fall to 18-17 on the season.
Red Sox Rally Falls Short
Tampa’s Evan Longoria blasted a home run over the Green Monster in the fifth inning to put the Rays up 5-0 in in the game.
The Red Sox would rally in the seventh inning.
Sandy Leon hit two-run double, Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb threw a ball past first base, which scored a run.
Then Tampa second baseman Brad Miller was charged with two errors on one play, kicking a grounder and then throwing the ball away, to give the Red Sox their fourth run of the game.
However, the Red Sox would not be able to scratch a run across the rest of the way, ending the game with only five hits.
The Red Sox and Rays will play game two of their series on Saturday, May 13 at 1:05 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved up due to rain.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Chris Sale against Tampa’s 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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