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Mut continues to review the Sox W over the Orioles. We here from John Farrell, Rick Porcello, and Mookie Betts with their thoughts on the win.

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Mut continues to review the Sox win over the Orioles. We here from John Farrell, Rick Porcello, and Mookie Betts with their thoughts on the win.
The Red Sox take the first of four from Baltimore as the they begin their final regular season series with the O's. Mut recaps Rick Porcello's complete game.

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BALTIMORE — The moment added a little bit more intrigue to the latest biggest game of the season.

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello after he earns his 21st win of the season by shutting down the Baltimore Orioles by pitching a complete game throwing only 89 pitches

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Manny Machado

Manny Machado

BALTIMORE — The moment added a little bit more intrigue to the latest biggest game of the season.

With two outs in the fourth inning, and Rick Porcello still not having allowed the Orioles a single baserunner, the Red Sox starter delivered an 0-1 fastball to Baltimiore’s Manny Machado. The offering hit the O’s batter, leading to some verbal sparring between the pitcher and hitter as Machado walked toward first base.

Television replays showed Porcello reminding Machado (in some salty language) that it would make no sense to hit the infielder considering slugger Mark Trumbo was up next.

Sure enough, Trumbo made Porcello pay for the hit batsman, lining a double off the right field wall for the Orioles first run.

“It’s September baseball. Obviously emotions are running high,” Porcello said. “Nobody wants to get hit by a pitch, that’s why I completely understand. I wouldn’t like it if I was up there and I got hit. At the same time, there’s absolutely no reason why I would hit him right there, especially with Mark Trumbo standing on deck. I mean, he’s hitting missiles all over the ball park off me. So I don’t want to face him in a 2-0 game, especially when I got a perfect game going.”

“Obviously he’s not trying to him him,” added Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He’s retired every guy he’s faced. Let’s face it – in this ballpark, with those big right-handed hitters, you’ve got to keep guys from getting extended out over the plate. The two seamer that ran in a little bit, it clipped him. He was not trying to hit him. Tim Timmons felt like he needed to warn both sides which that was his decision.”

After the game, both Machado and his manager, Buck Showalter, chalked the hitter’s reaction to the emotion of the moment

“We were just walking to first base, just talking. Talking like human beings. Nothing much was said,” Machado said. “We all know—he doesn’t want to hit me there in that situation. I know who we’ve got behind me. I’m not dumb. We’ve got Trumbo, [Chris] Davis, guys who with one swing of the bat can drive in a couple runs. There’s nothing much to it honestly.”

“It hurts. … There’s an initial reaction. Manny understands,” Showalter said. “It’s not que sera sera, you’re happy about everything. … I can understand Manny’s reaction.”

(Vine courtesy Jared Carrabis, Barstool Sports)

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello after he earns his 21st win of the season by shutting down the Baltimore Orioles by pitching a complete game throwing only 89 pitches

BALTIMORE — When you’re kicking off the most important series of the season, it probably isn’t a bad thing when you do so with the pitcher steaming his way toward the American League Cy Young award.

That’s exactly what the Red Sox were reminded of Monday night at before 18,456 fans at Camden Yards.

Rick Porcello dominated in winning his 21st game of the season, Monday night at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)

Rick Porcello dominated in winning his 21st game of the season, Monday night at Camden Yards. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)

BALTIMORE — When you’re kicking off the most important series of the season, it probably isn’t a bad thing when you do so with the pitcher steaming his way toward the American League Cy Young award.

That’s exactly what the Red Sox were reminded of Monday night at before 18,456 fans at Camden Yards.

In a year that has now seen Rick Porcello garner 21 wins, this one might have been the most impressive, and certainly was the most important. The Red Sox ace dominated the O’s in leading John Farrell’s team to a 5-2 win, pushing its lead in the American League East to four games.

The performance was Porcello’s second complete game of the season and marked the 11th straight start he has gone at least seven innings. The righty’s ERA would have stood at 3.03 — the exact same as perhaps his most formidable competition for the Cy Young, Chris Sale — but Adam Jones took the Sox pitcher deep with a solo blast with two outs in the eighth inning.

Porcello allowed just two runs on four hits, striking out seven and not walking a batter. Perhaps most impressive was that it took the righty just xxx pitches to complete the effort. The starter didn’t have a single three-ball count until his 22nd batter of the game, going to a full count on Mark Trumbo.

Making sure Porcello’s effort didn’t go for naught, Mookie Betts and David Ortiz continued to absolutely torture the Orioles via the home run ball.

For Betts, his two-run homer in the second inning was his eighth of the season at Camden Yards this season. It is the most by a visiting player since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Ortiz’s two-run blast in the fifth inning also added to history, with the Red Sox designated hitter now equaling his career-best when it comes to home runs hit against the O’s in one season, totaling seven. Only Harmon Killebrew and Alex Rodriguez have more than Ortiz’s 52 career homers against Baltimore.

His 35th homer of the season continues an epic home run stretch for Ortiz against the Orioles, with the 40-year-old having now homered in five of his last eight, and 10 of his last 16 games at Camden Yards.

For a complete box score, click here.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox improve to a season-best 22 games over .500.


WHAT WENT RIGHT

– Andrew Benintendi made his presence felt, leading off what would be a three-run fifth inning with a double into the left-center field gap. He would immediately be plated by Dustin Pedroia’s single. Benintendi showed no signs of favoring his injured left knee when rounding the bases.

WHAT WENT WRONG

– Besides Jones’ homer, the only negative for Porcello came in the fourth inning, when he hit Manny Machado with two outs. After some jawing as Machado walked down the first base line, Porcello then gave up a run-scoring double off the right field wall to Mark Trumbo. Ironically, television showed Porcello asking Machado why he would want to hit the Orioles’ infielder with Trumbo coming up.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford