Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

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[0:01:40] ... I don't know if you realize this Joseph were you the first Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens to go six and all the month of August. That that's pretty awesome I mean obviously Roger Clemens one of those pitchers the list the that's critical dimension with him also a winning record for the Red Sox no matter what happens the rest of the month of August only few days left but it. Red sex are gonna win ...




Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.

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[0:01:39] ... David. I don't know if you realize this Joba you the first Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens to go six and all the month of August. That that's pretty awesome I mean obviously Roger Clemens one of those pitchers to live but. That's critical dimension with him also a winning record for the Red Sox no matter what happens the rest of the month of August only few days left but it. Red Sox are gonna win at fourteen or more or. In the month of Augusta with this young team that says a lot for ...




Joe Kelly’s run of excellence continues.

Facing the National League‘s highest-scoring team in August, Kelly silenced the Mets over 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run in a 3-1 victory.

Joe Kelly deals against the Mets on Saturday. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly deals against the Mets on Saturday. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly’s run of excellence continues.

Facing the National League‘s highest-scoring team in August, Kelly silenced the Mets over 7 1/3 innings on Saturday, allowing just one run in a 3-1 victory.

The right-hander, who had pitched his way right out of the big leagues earlier this season, submitted his fifth straight excellent start and earned his sixth straight victory. Over his last five starts, Kelly is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA. In the process, he has dropped his ERA to 4.94, the first time it has been below 5.00 since April 27.

Kelly outdueled Mets standout Jacob deGrom, a Cy Young candidate who dazzled the Red Sox for six innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10. He also allowed two runs in the sixth, however, breaking a scoreless tie.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who had already struck out twice and looked bad doing it, broke the tie with an RBI double to right-center. Brock Holt drove in Sandoval with a forceout, and Mookie Betts added a solo homer in the seventh to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

The Mets tried to make a game of it, striking for a run in the seventh on Juan Uribe’s RBI double and bidding for more, but Sandoval dove to stop Wilmer Flores’ chopper with two outs and a runner on third, gunning across the diamond to end the inning.

Jean Machi recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save.

The story of this one was Kelly, who allowed the leadoff runner to reach in each of the first three innings before settling into a groove. Starting with a Yoenis Cespedes double play in the third, Kelly retired 12 of 13, allowing only a walk to Michael Conforto, who was promptly erased by a double play.

The Red Sox have now won three straight, four of five, and eight of 11.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

After winning a 10-inning affair on Friday night, the Red Sox will send Joe Kelly to the Citi Field mound Saturday to face Jacob deGrom and the Mets.

Kelly enters the contest the owner of a 5.18 ERA and 7-6 record on the season. The right-hander has made 21 starts, sandwiched around a stay on the disabled list and subsequent stint with Triple-A Pawtucket.

At the beginning of the year, Kelly was nothing short of awful, compiling a record of 2-6 and a 5.94 ERA through his first 16 starts through the end of July. The month of August, however, has come with a welcome change in performance for the 27-year-old. Kelly enters Saturday’s game riding a five-game winning streak, winning each of his five starts this month. In his four most recent outings, Kelly has compiled an impressive 1.82 ERA while striking out 20 in 24 2/3 innings.

Kelly’s last start came on Monday against the White Sox in Chicago. He tossed a season-high 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four White Sox hitters. After arriving before the deadline a year ago in a trade that sent John Lackey to St. Louis, Kelly finally is seeing results to match his talent level and potential.

“I would have done what we’re doing now, mix pitches no matter who the hitter is, not just keep serving up heaters. I get a little heater happy,” Kelly explained when asked what he would have changed in his approach prior to the recent win streak. “If you’re not throwing off-speed for strikes it doesn’t matter. But I’ve been able to get it over for strikes.”

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom

For the home team, deGrom already is one of the best starters in all of baseball in just his second season. The 27-year-old boasts a 2.29 ERA and a 12-6 record across his 24 starts this season. He has an impressive 0.943 WHIP and has held opponents to a minuscule .205 batting average against. He has struck out 161 hitters in 157 innings pitched.

DeGrom has followed up a masterful rookie campaign a year ago with an even better sequel. The right-hander finished 2014 with a 9-6 record and 2.69 ERA en route to the National League Rookie of the Year award. A year later, deGrom’s performance is sure to earn him some well-deserved Cy Young votes.

For all his brilliance, deGrom’s most recent outing was a clunker. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings on Monday against the Phillies, allowing a season-high seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, including three home runs. He walked three and struck out three on the evening.

Despite the shoddy performance, deGrom escaped receiving the losing decision, as the Mets hit a ridiculous eight home runs and ended up 16-7 victors. In fact, deGrom has not taken a loss in his past eight starts, dating back to July 2 against the Cubs. As a pitcher, you’re doing something very right when a bad start increases your ERA significantly, but the figure remains below 2.30 (deGrom’s ERA was 1.98 entering his last start).

“I don’t think I located one pitch,” deGrom said after his rough outing. “Everything was down the middle and they were hitting it hard.”

Red Sox vs. deGrom (RHP)

Alejandro De Aza (3 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 strikeout

Hanley Ramirez (3): .500/.667/2.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Josh Rutledge (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Pablo Sandoval (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double

No other Red Sox have faced deGrom.

Mets vs. Kelly (RHP)

Juan Uribe (8): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Michael Cuddyer (5): .500/.600/.500, 1 walk

Daniel Murphy (4): .667/.750/.667, 1 walk

David Wright (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout

Yoenis Cespedes (3): .000/.000/.000

Ruben Tejada (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Kelly Johnson (2): .000/.000/.000

No other Mets have faced Kelly.

Blog Author: 
Josh Slavin
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.

[0:00:00] ... Well like it did at all a stolen base. And inside the park home run to put the Red Sox they had in the hunt out with a 64 victory tell us about the home run first of all what did you think when it left the bat. You know I knew I hit it well and now we're just trying to get in scoring position for the team in. You know what tire out at second I looked at the Butterfield was sent him home. You know once the game ended those what. Dana Lindsay came in today by the way those legit home run and actually win over the fence at the black behind the wall so I think I could save some energy there. Yes it's well. I think it was more dramatic obviously the way it was but we kept looking at it as they slowed it down you that you do believe it's gonna get a chance to look. I have not looked at it but that's what a lot of the coaching staff that told me that it is gone if you're everyone had a part former that would be my first. Anywhere and I you have literally even Little League that I can remember at least and I about the stolen base yeah you know I think I was just looking for a good time to get a give myself a scores position you know that's something I pride myself on his keeping my speed on cancer so he knowingly you know this team gets one this hospital and. Likely let's go through your mind near there was a blown save by Oregon though and and obviously is always all over the place and it got a little too dramatic at the end. ...
[0:01:37] ... terrific moment for him I think you very much. Inside the park home run which the reps I think was really over the fence home run but the umpires didn't see it that way west rebuke. And this. It's. Back wall there when they blew defenses and that's ...




There haven’t been a ton of memorable moments for the Red Sox this season, but Friday night certainly supplied one.

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

There haven’t been a ton of memorable moments for the Red Sox this season, but Friday night certainly supplied one.

The disappointment that came with blowing a one-run lead in the eighth inning would be erased for the Sox thanks in large part to a most unusual play — Blake Swihart’s 10th-inning inside-the-park home run.

The blast would go a long way in helping the Red Sox claim a 6-4 win over the first-place Mets, at Citi Field in New York.

Swihart managed the feat — the first Red Sox’ inside-the-park homer since Jacoby Ellsbury‘s race around the bases in 2011 — by launching a drive off the center field wall. The ball took what appeared to be an enormous ricochet off the padding, forcing Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada to venture out to retrieve the carom. By the time he reached it, however, the catcher was trucking around third and on his way to scoring fairly easily.

Replays showed, however, that the ball may have hit the wall just behind the padding, forcing the aggressive bounce back toward the infield. There would be no review, leaving it in the books as an inside-the-park job.

It was the first inside-the-park home run by a Red Sox catcher since Hal Wagner’s in 1946.

The Red Sox went on to score two more runs on a sacrifice fly from Josh Rutledge and Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single. They would need them.

Junichi Tazawa once again struggle trying to close out the game, this time failing to get out of the 12th after walking in the Mets’ fourth run with his fourth free pass of the inning. He would be lifted after throwing 28 pitches (11 strikes) and getting his only two outs on a 1-6-3 double play.

Craig Breslow would come on to get Yoenis Cespedes on a fly ball to center field for the save. Breslow was the last Red Sox’ reliever available, with the Sox also out of position players.

The Red Sox had been able to negate a stellar outing by Mets starter Matt Harvey, who allowed just two hits and not a single run over his six innings, striking out eight.

The first pitch thrown by a Mets reliever was turned into the Red Sox’ first run, with David Ortiz taking Logan Verrett over the center field wall to kick off the seventh inning for the designated hitter’s 493rd career home run.

Ortiz’ homer (his 27th of the season) closed the visitors’ deficit to a run. That would quickly become a one-run lead for the Sox thanks to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-run homer. The blast also cleared the center field wall and scored Swihart.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, the lead wouldn’t last long thanks to Alexi Ogando’s wildness. The righty came on, retired just one batter while giving up a hit and walking three, including Travis d’Arnaud to force in the game-tying run.

Red Sox starter Henry Owens kept things close, but lasted just five innings. The lefty finished surrendering two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking four.

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Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Injuries caused by foul balls and bats have become a major issue in baseball this year, especially after the Red Sox had two scary incidents earlier this season that led to fans being hospitalized.

Now a woman who was stuck by a ball last year at Fenway is suing owner John Henry for negligence.