“So to take him out of the game in that situation, knowing it would be a tie game, I just felt like it wasn’t the right move”. Seattle finished 5-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Miley, who has been rocking a an odd-looking mustache in the last few weeks, pitched seven strong yesterday surrendering only two runs and four hits while showing better command of his changeup.
Travis Shaw singled into left field moments later.
Lovullo had Alejandro De Aza on the bench but elected not to run for Ortiz in case the game went extra innings. “A short hop in the outfield, it was a couple of short-hop throws at home plate and they executed the game plan”. He also scored each time he got on base. “I [saw] a lot of pitches today, so that was good”.
Lovullo took over Friday when manager John Farrell announced that he was taking a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma. Seeing that Henry Owens started the game for Boston, the team that the Red Sox fielded was among the youngest ever.
Seattle’s Franklin Gutierrez blasted two home runs in the first three innings – including a three-run bomb in the third – and drove in four runs. Two walks, a double steal and a wild pitch.
Since his departure, the Red Sox have exploded offensively scoring 37 runs, homering seven times, and accumulating 47 hits in two games against the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle left-hander Rob Rasmussen (2-1) earned the win in relief and former New Hampshire Fisher Cat Danny Farquhar shut the door for his first save of the season.
In the 12th inning, however, Craig Breslow could not hold the score level in his third frame of work. After giving up two singles, he bobbled a bunt to load the bases.
Sandoval homered into the centre-field bleachers leading off the second.
John Lackey (10-7) went 8-1/3 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. Doctors found the cancer when the Red Sox manager went in for hernia surgery, something that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Bogaerts homered over the Green Monster in the third, and Castillo had a leadoff drive in the fourth.
Mariners LHP Charlie Furbush (left biceps tendinitis) completed his bullpen session Sunday but did not improve. “We’re sending him back to Seattle to see the doctor”, manager Lloyd McClendon said…. Boston gave 3B Pablo Sandoval (right elbow contusion) the day off after he left Saturday’s game with an injury.
Felix Hernandez is the undeniable ace of the Mariners pitching staff. Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Red Sox hit him early and often Saturday afternoon. Hanley Ramirez, also out with a sore foot, could miss his seventh straight contest. It’s the third time in his last four starts he has allowed at least 11 hits. “I want to watch it. Hopefully it’s like a Bo Jackson bat snap”.
Farrell, a former major league pitcher, was the pitching coach for the 2007 Red Sox when they won the World Series.
However, the MVP for the Red Sox this season has been the face of the franchise for over a decade now.