Boston Red Sox News & Notes 5/15

The Boston Red Sox picked up a walk-off win last night over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 in 12 innings. The Rays jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run by Josh Lowe. The Red Sox took the lead in the fourth inning with a two-run double by Dominic Smith. In the bottom of the fifth, they extended their lead to 3-1 with a solo home run by Ceddanne Rafaela his fourth of the season. The Rays would tie it up in the sixth behind a Randy Arozarena solo home run and an Isaac Parades RBI single. Nick Pivetta got the start for Boston his second since returning from the injured list, he went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight, on the other side Aaron Civale got the start for the Rays going five innings giving up three runs on five hits; he also didn’t issue a walk and struck out six. Neither team scored in the tenth however both teams would get a run in the 11th first the Rays got a run on an error by Rafaela but Zack Kelly would get out of the jam, the Red Sox then tied it when Rob Refsnyder grounded out to the pitcher and he ended up getting just one out at first base. This one would go to the 12th and the Rays would fail to score in the top half but in the bottom half with a runner on first and second Romy Gonzalez would single down the right field line to bring home Connor Wong for the winning run. The Red Sox have issued some updates on their injured players before last night’s game.

Red Sox News & Notes

Garrett Whitlock

Whitlock made a rehab start today for Triple-A Worcester, going 4.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits; he walked one and struck out five. Craig Breslow said this before last nights game.

“We’ll evaluate after tomorrow how he feels and where is he from a baseball perspective but, he’s been really, really good lately”

– Craig Breslow

Whitlock this season has made four starts with the Red Sox going 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA, a 3.30 FIP, a 1.14 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. On April 16th he left his start after 54 pitches with an oblique injury which landed him on the 15-day injured list.

Masataka Yoshida

Yoshida has been out since the beginning of May when he was placed on the injured list with a sprained left thumb, and he underwent an MRI, and he received a second and third opinion which resulted in him not needing surgery. It was reported last night that he will be re-evaluated in two weeks, and they will see where he is at. Yoshida this season has seen his playing time diminish which has caused a riff from reports but in the 24 games he has played in he has a slash line of .275/.348/.388 with a .736 OPS; he has three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, 12 runs scored, and six walks.

Isaiah Campbell

Campbell is out with a right shoulder impingement and was placed on the 15-day injured list back on April 12th. Campbell is expected to throw a bullpen this week. This season in seven appearances he is 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA, a 6.61 FIP, a 2.05 WHIP, and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Tyler Heineman

Heineman in his first season with the Red Sox had started the season in Worcester playing in ten games hitting .273 with a .703 OPS; he had one double, four RBI, eight runs scored, two stolen bases, and five walks. He got called up by the Red Sox on April 21st and in the one game he played in he went 0-1 then on April 23rd he landed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to April 22nd with a right hamstring strain. On May 11th he made a rehab appearance with Double-A Portland going 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Yesterday he made a rehab start for Worcester going 1-3 with an RBI.

Bryan Mata

Mata was placed on the 15-day injured list on March 28th retroactive to March 25th with a right hamstring strain. On May 13th, the Red Sox sent him to the FCL Red Sox to make a rehab assignment, that start came on Monday going two innings giving up one run on three hits; he didn’t issue a walk and struck out two. Mata last season pitched for Worcester making nine appearances with seven of those coming as starts he went 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA, a 2.18 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 27 innings.

Rafael Devers

Devers has been red hot since returning to the lineup after dealing with a bone bruise. Before the injury he had a slash line of .188/.328/.375 with a .703 OPS; he had two home runs, five RBI, five runs scored, a wRC+ of 102, and a WAR of 0.2. Since his return on April 24th, he has a slash line of .348/.430/.536 with a .966 OPS; he has two home runs, nine RBI, ten runs scored, a wRC+ of 168, and a 0.9 WAR.

Big 3 Prospects Big Night

Last night the Red Sox Double-A affiliate the Portland Sea Dogs faced off with the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate the Somerset Patriots and the Sea Dogs came out on top in the first game of the week 11-10. The Red Sox big three prospects drove in five of the 11 runs, and they would score eight total runs. Kyle Teel went 3-4 with a double, three RBI, four runs scored, and a walk. Marcelo Mayer went 3-5 with two doubles, and two runs scored. Roman Anthony went 2-5 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored. A call-up to Triple-A Worcester may soon be coming.

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