How about this for an inning of work:
– Walk (one run)
– Single (two runs)
– Sac fly (one run)
– Infield single, E1 (one run)
– E6 (one run)
That was Alfredo Aceves’ third inning in what had been a 0-0 game between Oakland and Boston. What the above doesn’t show is that the infield single was Aceves’ fault. First baseman Mike Napoli made a great diving stop on the ball, but Aceves was late breaking from the mound to cover and Josh Reddick beat him to first base. Aceves then made a half-hearted throw home as the runner from second tried to score and the ball eluded Jarrod Saltalamacchia, giving the A’s their fifth run and putting Reddick on second. Reddick came around to make it 6-0 on a Will Middlebrooks error.
Aceves managed to keep the Red Sox in games in his first two starts in John Lackey’s place, winning one and taking a no-decision in the other. Tonight’s was pretty much a disaster, though, and he’s likely headed back to the pen with Lackey potentially returning Sunday. He’ll need to throw better there or risk being dropped from the roster sometime next month.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.