That one felt good! After getting swept by Toronto, Boston got a renewed energy following the trade deadline and scored as many runs in one game as they did in the last three.
As you probably know by this point, Boston traded Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, Andrew Miller and Stephen Drew on Thursday and received Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Joe Kelly and Kelly Johnson for major leaguers in return.
Cespedes did not play tonight, probably because he got to the ballpark fairly late, just in time to do a press conference, but was active and available. He did not play. Joe Kelly has also not arrived yet in Boston and Kelly Johnson is on the DL. Allen Craig, however, did play and started in left field, working on balls off the Monster before the game. Craig was excited to come to Boston.
As a result of the trades, there were multiple roster moves reported before the game. Starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, and relievers Tommy and Layne and Alex Wilson were called up from AAA, Shane Victorino was placed on the DL with lingering back issues, and Mike Carp was designated for assignment. Will Middlebrooks was recalled off the DL and Mookie Betts was called up and started the game in center field, giving Jackie Bradley Jr. a rest.
With all this said, there WAS in fact a game to play, and a fun game it was.
Anthony Ranaudo Gets Win In First Start
After walking Brett Gardner to begin the contest, Ranaudo found himself facing his childhood idol, Derek Jeter. He grew up an hour from Yankee Stadium and was a Yankees fan until being drafted by Boston.
Ranaudo's first out of his career was a groundout from Jeter. That must feel cool. What must feel even cooler is that nine batters later, he picked up his first ML strikeout. Who was it? Oh, it was Derek Jeter. Ranaudo's parents were thrilled to say the least. He retired Jeter later on to have a successful first game against his idol.
He walked three batters to lead off innings, and only one of them turned into a run, which was Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth.
This wasn't the first run he allowed, as he gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Beltran in the fourth. These would be the only two runs he surrendered in 6 innings. Very well done in his first start.
Ranaudo's Line (W): 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 4 BB, 2 K
Ranaudo is 1st BOS SP to win ML debut v NYY since Vaughn Eshelman May 2, 1995; 1st to do so at Fenway since Mike Garman on Sept. 22, 1969.— Maureen Mullen (@MaureenaMullen) August 2, 2014
Boston Pitching Got A Little Help From Their Friends...At The Plate
The offense woke up and boy was it nice! After getting offense in the trades, it seemed to make a difference, even though Cespedes didn't even play.
Former Red Sox pitcher Chris Capuano started for New York in his second start of the year. He pitched in the pen for Boston in 28 appearances. He was 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA with the Sox before they got rid of him. He was signed by Colorado and after a few games in the minors, he was moved to the Yankees.
He didn't pitch a bad game, but did not get enough run support from his squad.
The runs started in the third, when with one out, Brock Holt hit a triple to right field. It was a solid hit to the outfield, but Ichiro very hesitantly grabbed it, but not before Holt was flying into third. Pedroia followed it up with a ripped ground rule double over Ellsbury's head in center to drive in Holt. It would most likely have been a triple if not for the bounce into the stands. Next batter, David Ortiz, hit an RBI single to right field to score Pedroia.
Boston had a chance for more when newcomer Craig hit a double to left for his first Red Sox hit. Xander Bogaerts grounded out to third, but it was 2-0 after three.
After Beltran's long ball made it 2-1, Boston bats were right back at it in the fourth. Middlebrooks led off the inning with a bloop double that got stuck under the padding in right. David Ross hit an identical ball to right to score Middlebrooks to make it 3-1 Sox.
Big Insurance Run In 8th
Beltran made it 3-2 with an RBI single in the sixth, keeping it close, as Capuano kept New York in the game.
Pedroia continued his nice night in the seventh with an RBI single driving in Betts. Betts had hit a single to lead off the inning, got to second on a Holt sac bunt and scored on the Pedroia hit. Although Shawn Kelley gave up the RBI, the run was charged to Capuano. He gave up 8 hits and 4 runs in 6.1 innings, mixed in with 5 K's.
The run proved to be huge for Boston because Junichi Tazawa gave up a home run to Jeter to lead off the 8th into the Monster. It was Jeter's third home run of the season and it made the score 4-3, the eventual final.
Mookie Betts Looks Like.... Jackie Bradley Jr.!?!
After Jeter's homer, Tazawa gave up another rip to Ellsbury that ran Betts back to the track in center. What he did can only be described in a video:
Good stuff there and a huge out because with Ells running, it would likely have been an easy triple. Teixeira followed with a double, but Tazawa squeaked out of it with two grounders mixed with a walk. Phew.
Koji Shuts The Door For Win 49
After a shaky outing by Tazawa, Uehara was lights out. Drew flied out to right, new acquisition Martin Prado was blown away on a high fastball and Gardner flied out to deep center to end the ballgame.
This was Koji's 22nd save this season and his ERA stands at 1.45.
NotesWith the trade of Drew to the Yankees, Bogaerts got to move back to shortstop with Middlebrooks at third. Bogaerts instantly looked more comfortable, making a nice diving play on Ellsbury (he was safe) and he also picked up the Sox first hit of the night. Ross left the game in the 6th inning after his plantar fasciitis flared up again. With his 2nd RBI, Pedroia now has 40 this year. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit except Mike Napoli, who did get on base with a walk. Holt's 5th triple leads Boston this year. Ranaudo will likely be shipped back to Pawtucket to make room for Joe Kelly tomorrow. Layne looked very good in the 7th inning tonight, as he retired Drew, Prado and Gardner in order on 8 pitches. Boston improves to 49-60 this season. New York has lost 3 games in a row. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes had an introductory press conference tonight. CSNNE had the story. Game 2 is tomorrow at 4:05 pm with the matchup being Allen Webster (1-0) vs. Shane Greene (1-2). This will be Cespedes' much anticipated Red Sox debut.