The Red Sox are struggling against everyone else, but they beat Jered Weaver and moved to 5-0 against the Angels with a victory on Monday.
Since the beginning of 2010, the Red Sox are an incredible 14-1 versus the Angels.
Weaver, who had been 6-0 this season, was undone by a outstanding at-bat from Dustin Pedroia with two outs in the fifth. Pedroia fouled off eight pitches before delivering a two-run single on the 13th pitch of the confrontation, giving Boston a 3-2 lead.
Weaver came back out for the sixth even though he was at 103 pitches, and he ended up turning in a quality start. However, the Red Sox broke it open in the seventh, scoring six times off Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez before ultimately winning 9-5.
The victory went to Clay Buchholz, who allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings despite struggling with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
Both Buchholz and Weaver were originally scheduled to pitch over the weekend, only to have their starts pushed back because of illnesses.
With the win, the Red Sox are now 13-15. They’re 8-15 against everyone except the Angels, while the Halos are 16-8 versus everyone but Boston.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.