Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (5-2, 3.59 ERA), the 22-year-old Venezuelan lefty, has given up just four runs in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts.
Angels sweep Red Sox: Albert Pujols hit three home runs to help the Angels sweep a doubleheader from Boston.
If anything, the Angels picked up speed. Calhoun hit two home runs and drove in two runs before finishing 3-for-3 with a walk.The Angels used the 13th win in their past 16 games to extend their lead over the second-place Houston Astros to 1 1/2 games in the American League West. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had both of Boston’s hits, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ 11-game hitting streak ended. Time is not on their side, not with this many games to make up and this many teams to chase, and losing a game in which their pitching staff allowed two hits just won’t cut it. No major league team would ever just up and forfeit a game these days, but it’d be a damn mercy if they did.
“Doubleheaders are not our favorite, especially split doubleheaders”, Scioscia said. Cron after a walk to Iannetta that also ended a chance at a ideal game. Shaw, 25, batted. 200 (3-for-15) in nine games for the Red Sox….
Angels: All-Star Hector Santiago takes the mound for the Angels. It’s going to be hard scoring runs against a hot left-handed starter like Santiago, but if Boston gets shutout for a third game in a row, might as well just pack it in for the season.
The Big A’s grounds crew and drainage system couldn’t protect the grass from the remnants of Tropical Storm Dolores, which fell steadily all evening and caused a 2 1/2-hour delay before the postponement.
That was seven runs.
Boston manager John Farrell dismissed speculation Rodriguez was tipping his pitches again, saying that flaw “has been rectified”. Heaney is projected to become a really good pitcher and it looks like everything we thought about him becoming great has already occurred. “I wanted that ball.”.
“As much as I could without being disrespectful,” Richards said.
The knuckleballer held Mike Trout hitless in three at-bats in May.
“I don’t feel like I get exhausted out there”, said Richards, who threw 113 pitches. “That wasn’t your typical 3-2 game”.
Boston rookie Noe Ramirez got cheers from friends and family when he relieved Rodriguez.
David Ortiz posed at the plate when he hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Red Sox, who were outscored 22-4 in the series. The Sox opened back up against the Angels on a west coast trip. Game 3 was postponed on Sunday (July 19), which accounts for today’s doubleheader. Miley, who came in with a 4.80 ERA, struck out six in his first start since giving up six runs through 5 1-3 innings in a 5-3 home loss to the Yankees last Sunday.