Joe Kelly needed this. The Red Sox needed this.
Making his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, Joe Kelly almost made history in his return during what would turn into a 9-1 win over the Red Sox over the Indians, Saturday at Fenway Park.
The Sox starter no-hit the Indians for 6 2/3 innings, finally losing his bid on Juan Uribe’s double into the right-center field gap with two outs in the seventh. The 96 mph fastball to Uribe would be Kelly’s 104th, and final, pitch.
Kelly finished his outing having struck out seven and walking three, having only really run into trouble once, in the fifth inning. During that frame the starter walked the bases loaded before ultimately lunging to stab Chris Gimenez’s two-out, slow roller, which he fired home for a force play to end the threat.
The fifth did, however, pretty much end Kelly’s hopes of finishing off all nine...
Joe Kelly said during spring training that the only time he had ever pitched any kind of no-hitter was when using David Price’s character in a video game.
That almost changed Saturday.
Making his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, Kelly no-hit the Indians for 6 2/3 innings before Juan Uribe rifled a two-out double into the right-center field gap.
The first-pitch, 96 mph fastball to Uribe would be the last pitch of Kelly’s afternoon, finishing up having thrown 104 pitches. He would give way to Junichi Tazawa after having struck out seven and walking three.
Kelly left with the Red Sox holding a 4-0 lead.
The only real threat against Kelly came in the fifth inning when he walked the bases loaded. But the righty managed to escape after lunging at Chris Gimenez’s slow roller, firing home for the out that ended a 30-pitch inning.
Kelly lowered his ERA...
At first, it looked like it might not be Jackie Bradley Jr.’s day.
The first two times at-bat against the Indians, Bradley Jr. drew an intentional walk and four-pitch free pass, in which none of the offerings were close from Indians’ starter Trevor Bauer.
But leading off the sixth inning, against Bauer, Bradley Jr. finally got his chance to hit, and he took advantage of it.
The Red Sox center fielder grounded a 2-2 cutter from Bauer toward the middle, where Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis dove and gathered it in. But the subsequent throw from Kipnis drew Carlos Santana off the bag just enough to allow for a Bradley Jr. single.
The hit marked the 26th game Bradley Jr. had collected at least one hit, raising his batting average to .345.
The streak is now just one game shy of David Ortiz’s stretch of 27 straight in 2013. The club record stands at 34, set by Dom DiMaggio in 1949. Second on the list is...
While Eduardo Rodriguez was saddled with some bad news earlier in the week — having to skip his scheduled start with Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday due to knee discomfort — he seemingly has rediscovered some optimism.
After throwing a successful bullpen session Friday, and then participating in pitcher’s fielding practice Saturday, Rodriguez seems on track to make a start for the PawSox, Tuesday.
One of the chief reasons for the turnaround may have been something as simple as wearing a knee brace.
“He had a strong work session today with the PFP that he went through. Feels good coming out of it,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He was fitted for a brace. The confidence that he’s got from that is substantial. There’s even-ness to his running gate. He might have favored it a little bit prior. But change of direction, his footwork, all that was very good.”
Rodriguez initially didn’t feel...
The Red Sox announced Saturday that Triple-A starting pitcher Brian Johnson was being placed on the club’s temporary inactive list while seeking help for anxiety issues.
The 25-year-old will continue non-baseball activities at the organization’s facility in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson last pitched May 14, giving up five runs over five innings to push his ERA with the PawSox to 4.64 in seven starts. The lefty has struggled with his command as of late, issuing five walks in each of his last two outings.
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