Red Sox Offense Struggle In 5-0 Loss To Mariners

With Steven Wright on the mound for injured Justin Masterson, he was in need of some offense. Which, is the exact opposite that he got as the Sox were shutout by the Mariners. Wright ended up going only five innings allowing three runs, only two of them were earned runs. Matt Barnes, Alexi Ogando, and Craig Breslow came into relief for Wright allowing a combined two runs. The Sox offense struggled only getting a combined 5 hits.

The big story of the day was Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton going eight innings allowing zero runs and striking out two. Paxton has a streak of 20 straight innings pitched without allowing a run. Carson Smith came into the ninth for Paxton and finished the game off.


Can the Red Sox please stop Brad Miller?! Miller homered for his third time in the series. Kyle Seager also hit a two run home run in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox looked to take this series 3-1, but had to settle with splitting the four game series against the Mariners.

Red Sox Batting

  1. Mookie Betts – 0-4
  2. Shane Victorino – 1-3, 1BB
  3. Dustin Pedroia – 0-3, 1BB
  4. Hanley Ramirez – 0-4, 3K’s
  5. Mike Napoli – 0-4
  6. Pablo Sandoval – 0-4
  7. Xander Bogaerts – 1-3
  8. Brock Holt – 2-3, 2B
  9. Blake Swihart – 1-3

Mariners Batting

  1. Brad Miller – 1-4, 1HR, 1RBI, 1R
  2. Justin Ruggiano – 2-3, 1BB, 1K
  3. Robinson Cano – 0-4, 2K’s
  4. Nelson Cruz – 0-3, 1BB, 1R, 2K’s
  5. Kyle Seager – 2-4, 1HR, 2RBI, 2R
  6. Logan Morrison – 1-3, 1R, 1BB
  7. Rickie Weeks – 1-3
  8. Dustin Ackley – 0-3, 1K
  9. Mike Zunino – 1-3, 1RBI, 1K
  10. Willie Bloomquist – 0-1

Sox Beat King Felix And Mariners

The Red Sox took game 3 of a 4 game series Saturday night in Seattle. The Sox handed Felix Hernandez his first loss of the season, and looked good offensively.

Rick Porcello took the mound for the Red Sox and had a solid performance earning his fourth win of the season, going six and two thirds, allowing two earned runs, while striking out six. Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa came into relief for Porcello pitching a combined one and a third innings, allowing zero runs. Which, setup for Koji Uehara for the ninth, earning save number nine of the season.

The offense for the Sox was able to get going Saturday night, scoring four runs. Sandoval and Ortiz both hit solo home runs, Sandoval in the second, and Ortiz in the the third. The Sox and Mariners were tied going into the sixth inning 2-2, as Blake Swihart double into center, scoring Bogaerts. Then, Brock Holt grounded out to first scoring Daniel Nava from third. The Sox took a 4-2 lead in the sixth and didn’t look back.

It was a shaky night for Felix Hernandez, going seven full innings, allowing four earned runs, and giving up four walks. Hernandez recorded his first loss of the season (6-1). The Mariner’s offense was lead by one person, Brad Miller, who went 2-3 with two solo home runs.

This was a great win for the Red Sox. Hopefully, this boosted their confidence with a great all around win against a good pitcher. The Sox don’t have that much time to celebrate though, as they play at 4:10 tonight. Reports are saying that Steven Wright will be getting the start tonight in replacement for the injured Justin Masterson.

Red Sox Batting

  1. Brock Holt – 0-4, 1RBI, 1BB, 1K
  2. Dustin Pedroia – 2-5
  3. David Ortiz – 2-4, 1HR, 1RBI, 1R, 1BB, 1K
  4. Hanley Ramirez – 1-5, 1K
  5. Pablo Sandoval – 1-4, 1HR, 1RBI, 1R
  6. Xander Bogaerts – 0-3, 1BB, 1R
  7. Daniel Nava – 0-3, 1BB, 1R, 2K’s
  8. Blake Swihart – 2-4, 1RBI, 2B, 2K’s
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0-3, 1BB, 2K’s

Mariner’s Batting

  1. Seth Smith – 0-4, 3K’s
  2. Brad Miller – 2-3, 2HR’s, 2RBI’s, 2R’s, 1BB, 1K
  3. Robinson Cano – 0-4
  4. Nelson Cruz – 0-4, 1K
  5. Kyle Seager – 1-4, 1K
  6. Logan Morrison – 1-4, 2K’s
  7. Dustin Ackley – 1-3, 1BB, 2B
  8. Chris Taylor – 0-3
  9. Jesus Sucre – 0-2, 1K
  10. Willie Bloomquist (PH) – 0-1

Cruz Hits Walk Off To Beat Sox

The Red Sox lost a heart-breaker Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. The Sox put in another great pitching performance though, which is exciting to watch. Clay Buchholz was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox, and pitched a great game. Buchholz went eight full innings only allowing one earned run, and a total of three hits, as well as, striking out 11.

The Red Sox offense really struggled again last night, as the only run scored came in the top of the second inning when Xander Bogaerts tripled to deep left-center, and Shane Victorino came into score from second.

For the Seattle Mariners, they got a solid performance out of their starting pitcher as well, as J.A. Happ went seven full innings only allowing one earned run. Their offense was shaky as well, only scoring one run through eight innings, which came from a Seth Smith solo home run in the sixth inning.

The Red Sox and Mariners were tied going into the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Cruz came up to bat with two outs and a man standing on second base. Cruz got a hold of a pitch from Junichi Tazawa and put it in the left-center field gap which brought home the go-ahead run to win in walk-off fashion.

Cruz came into last nights game hitting over .350 with 15 home runs, and 29 RBI’s, why not just walk him with first base being open? John Farrell told reporters after the game, “We noticed through his (Cruz) first three at-bats that he was chasing the off-speed pitches.” Farrell further stated, “That was a terrible decision on my part.”

This one hurts Red Sox nation, especially since you have to face arguably the hottest pitcher in baseball right now, Felix Hernandez, next. Hernandez is 6-0 and has an ERA of 1.85. It’s going to be a tough task for the Sox Saturday night if they’re offense doesn’t get going.

Red Sox Batting

  1. Mookie Betts – 0-4
  2. Dustin Pedroia– 0-3, 1BB
  3. David Ortiz – 2-4
  4. Hanley Ramirez– 0-4, 1K
  5. Mike Napoli – 1-4, 2K’s
  6. Shane Victorino – 2-4, 1R, 1K
  7. Pablo Sandoval – 0-3
  8. Xander Bogaerts – 2-3, 1RBI
  9. Sandy Leon – 0-2

Mariners Batting

  1. Seth Smith – 1-3, 1HR, 1RBI, 1R, 1K
  2. Brad Miller – 1-4, 1R, 1K
  3. Robinson Cano -1-4, 1K
  4. Nelzon Cruz – 1-4, 1RBI, 3K’s
  5. Kyle Seager – 1-3
  6. Justin Ruggiano – 0-3, 2K’s
  7. Logan Morrison – 0-3
  8. Rickie Weeks – 0-3. 2K’s
  9. Mike Zunino – 0-3, 1K
  10. Willie Bloomquist (PH) – 0-1



Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death Is A Bad Thing

Yes, this might be a sports blog for New England, but in all seriousness this is by the far the biggest story not only in the New England area, but in the country. Friday afternoon Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection, unanimously on 16 of the 17 counts that he was facing. Tsarnaev did commit the most heinous crime a person could commit, but was justice really served in this case? Technically speaking, yes it was served, but in reality no, and here is why.

The first issue with this is money. On average it costs ten times more to put someone to death, then to keep them in prison for life. And with how much attention this case is bringing I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more than ten times. Now, I’m not a huge stickler on the whole money issue, however to waste our money on someone like this is ridiculous.

William and Denise Richards are the parents who lost their eight year old little boy in the Marathon Bombing. They came out and spoke against the death penalty, here is what they had to say, “We were there. We lived it. The defendant murdered our 8-year-old son, maimed our 7-year-old daughter, and stole part of our sole.” They further stated that they would rather have him spend the rest of his life in prison.

People have to understand that we are giving him what he wants! Terrorists commit these horrible crimes and acts of hate in order for them to die. Whether that is a suicide bombing, or being sentenced to death. If they die for what they have done, then they have successfully done their job. Is that what we really want? Do we want him to feel like what he did was a success?

Don’t you think these families want to move on from this, and stop having to re-live the scenario over, and over again? Well, with this verdict they won’t be able to do that for years now. The families are going to have to be there for all the appealing cases, and we are not allowing them the time and space they need to cope, that is necessary.

So my question to you all is, do you still think this was justice served?

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