Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day 188: It's Been 77 Years Since This Has Happened

The Boston Red Sox accomplished a feat Friday afternoon in the first game of the American League Divisional Series that hasn't been done since 1936. And it was quite impressive—especially coming against such a strong pitcher in Matt Moore that the Sox lineup clearly had problems with in their previous two meetings.

In their first game back in May, only three batters managed to get hits: Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Stephen Drew. Of course, Ortiz's hit was a three-run home run, but they still lost to the Rays that day. Their second meeting in July was a different story. Just Ortiz and Mike Napoli managed to squeak out a hit on a day where Moore stymied the normally lively bats and pitched an impressive complete game, two-hit shut out.

Friday was different. Sure, Moore may have started off looking like the same ol' tough lefty from earlier in the season. But when your defense doesn't get the memo that they're playing in a postseason game, it makes things tough for a pitcher who is only as good as the fielding behind him.

So... a Boston Red Sox line up that had just five hits in two games before Friday, did something no team has done in 77 years. Every starter notched a hit and a run in a postseason game. It's a fun box score to look at—12 runs on 14 hits:
  • Jacoby Ellsbury:  2-for-5, one run scored, one RBI
  • Shane Victorino:  3-for-4, two runs scored, two RBIs
  • Dustin Pedroia:  2-for-5, two runs scored
  • David Ortiz:  1-for-4, a walk, two runs scored
  • Mike Napoli:  1-for-4, a walk, one run scored, one RBI
  • Jonny Gomes:  1-for-4, a walk, two runs scored, two RBIs
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  2-for-4, a walk, one run scored, three RBIs
  • Stephen Drew:  1-for-5, one run scored, one RBI 
Saturday's game features another great matchup with John Lackey toeing the rubber against David Price. Last year's Cy Young winner went 2-3 against the Red Sox this season, but those two wins were unforgettable when he beat Boston twice within a five day window at the end of July. But I don't want to think about those two games... I'd rather dwell on the three that the Sox won. And I'm sure that's just what John Farrell and the Boston lineup are doing today!


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