May 19th, 2013 by Christopher Smith
Red Sox 12, Twins 5
Star of the Game: DH David Ortiz was 3 for 4 with two homers, six RBIs, one walk and three runs. He is batting .362/.408/.681 with seven homers.
Second Star: Outfielder Daniel Nava went 2 for 4 with one homer and three RBIs. He is batting .293/.392/.509 with six homers.
Lucky 13: The Red Sox banged out 13 hits, including two each from second baseman Dustin Pedroia (2 for 3 with three runs, one RBI and two walks) and third basemanWill Middlebrooks (2 for 4 with one walk). First baseman Mike Napoli went 1 for 2 with three walks and two runs. Shortstop Pedro Ciriaco (0 for 5) was the only Red Sox without a hit. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway (1 for 4, 2 RBIs) stroked his first hit of the season.
Diamond dominated: Twins LHP Scott Diamond dominated the Red Sox the last time he faced them, hurling 7.0 scoreless innings at Fenway on May 7. But he was dominated in this one. He lasted just 4.1 innings and surrendered six runs, all earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out just one.
Dempster struggles: Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster struggled with his control, going 4.2 innings and allowing five runs, all earned, on eight hits and six walks while striking out two batters. He threw 127 pitches — 68 for strikes (54 percent).
Bravo to the Bullpen: Three Red Sox relievers — Clayton Mortensen, Craig Breslow and Alex Wilson — held the Twins scoreless. Breslow threw 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Wilson allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out two over 2.0 innings.
Boston RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.75) goes against Minnesota LHP Scott Diamond (3-3, 4.08) today at 7:10 p.m. in Minnesota.
Shane Victorino (back) is not in the lineup for a second straight day.
- Ellsbury CF
- Gomes LF
- Pedroia 2B
- Ortiz DH
- Napoli 1B
- Nava RF
- Middlebrooks 3B
- Lavarnway C
- Ciriaco SS
Red Sox 3, Twins 2, 10 innings
Star of the Game: Even though he didn’t factor in the decision, Clay Buchholz was strong again. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs (on a two-run homer), four hits and three walks while striking out nine. Buchholz’s ERA stands at 1.78.
17 straight: Buchholz and three Red Sox relievers (Andrew Miller, Alex Wilson and Koji Uehara) retired 17 straight Twins batters to end the game.
Miller time: Miller was terrific. He retired all five batters he faced and struck out three of them. He has walked just two batters in his past 12 outings after having control problems earlier this year.
Multi-hit days: David Ortiz was 3 for 4 with a walk and RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 2 for 4 and Daniel Nava was 2 for 4 with a walk and run. Nava has a .391 on-base percentage.
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~ Both LHP Franklin Morales (low back strain), and RHP Andrew Bailey (right biceps strain) are scheduled to appear in rehab for Triple-A Pawtucket tomorrow vs. Indianapolis at McCoy Stadium. Morales will start. He has a 1.12 ERA (one earned run in 8.0 innings) in three rehab games thus far, one each with Pawtucket (Monday) Double-A Portland (May 8), and Single-A Greenville (April 17). Bailey will be making his 1st rehab appearance.
~ RHP Alfredo Aceves pitches for the PawSox tonight. He is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts since Boston demoted him.
~ RHP Allen Webster, one of Boston’s top prospects, will pitch Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA and a .172 batting average against in five starts for the PawSox this year. He also has made two starts with Boston.
TODAY: Boston Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.69) vs. Minnesota RHP Vance Worley (1-4, 7.15), 8:10 p.m.
TOMORROW: Boston RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.75) vs. Minnesota LHP Scott Diamond (3-3, 4.08), 7:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Boston RHP John Lackey (1-4, 4.05) vs. Minnesota LHP Pedro Hernandez (2-0, 5.79), 2:10 p.m.
Boston Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.69) goes against Minnesota RHP Vance Worley (1-4, 7.15) at 8:10 p.m. today.
Worley pitched against the Red Sox in Boston earlier this month, going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs, all earned, on nine hits (one homer) while walking nobody and striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.
Buchholz started opposite Worley in that game at Fenway earlier this month. He pitched 6.0 innings and allowed four runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine batters.
Here is the Red Sox lineup:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Daniel Nava RF
- Dustin Pedroia 2B
- David Ortiz DH
- Will Middlebrooks 3B
- Stephen Drew SS
- Jonny Gomes LF
- Mike Carp 1B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
RED SOX VS. WORLEY:
- Mike Carp 0 for 1
- Pedro Ciriaco 0 for 0
- Stephen Drew 1 for 2 with an RBI
- Jacoby Ellsbury 1 for 6
- Jonny Gomes 0 for 0
- Ryan Lavarnway 0 for 0
- Will Middlebrooks 0 for 2
- Mike Napoli 0 for 2
- Daniel Nava 1 for 2
- David Ortiz 0 for 5
- Dustin Pedroia 3 for 6
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1 for 4
- Shane Victorino 3 for 3 with one homer, one RBI
Daniel Nava certainly was pretty excited when he crossed the plate with the lead run last night.
The Red Sox won 4-3 on a Will Middlebrooks‘ two-out, three-run double in the ninth. Here is Nava’s reaction to scoring:
May 17th, 2013 by Christopher Smith
Since about the third week of this season, I’ve been wondering whether Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is truly a major league-caliber hitter.
I’ve wondered if his hot 75-game offensive stretch in 2012 (.288 average, 15 homers, 54 RBIs) was the result of pitchers not quite having the book on him yet — and now that they have figured him out, his approach is too aggressive and impatient to allow him to be a productive major league hitter.
Middlebrooks is hitting just .211/.245/.429/.674 so far this year. But he has been hot lately.
Over the past seven days he is batting .304 with one homer, five RBIs and six doubles. His three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning yesterday sparked the Red Sox to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
For balls he hit in play last year, he batted .341, in fair territory .405 and to the outfield .680. Those are pretty high stats and so his batting average was destined to dip this year.
But this much?
What can we expect from the third baseman going forward?
It appears unlikely Middlebrooks will ever end up being a high on-base percentage hitter. He is way too much of a free swinger.
But I still feel he has the power to be a 30-homer guy and the ability to be about a .260 hitter. Most teams would take that, although that type of hitter hasn’t exactly fit the mold of a Red Sox hitter since about 2003.
I have a feeling that Middlebrooks will end up being sort of like a Troy Glaus, but maybe with a little bit lower OBP.
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