video: Moreland’s 4 RBIs Leads Red Sox to Series Sweep of Blue Jays
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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The Red Sox improve to 76-57 on the season. They now hold a 5.5 game lead over the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
The Yankees were swept by Cleveland in a doubleheader by Cleveland.
Red Sox Break it Open Late
With the game tied at 1 in the seventh, Moreland pinch-hit for Chris Young and hit a two-run home run to give the Red Sox a 3-1 lead.
Boston would add to their lead in the 8th when Mookie Betts hit an RBI double to score Andrew Benintendi, putting Boston up 4-1.
Betts then scored on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts to put the Red Sox up 5-1.
Moreland capped off the scoring with a two RBI single to score Bogaerts and Rafael Devers and give the Red Sox their 7-1 lead.
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings to get the win.
The Red Sox return to action on Thursday, August 31 when they visit the New York Yankees.
The pitching matchup is Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez against New York’s C.C. Sabathia.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
5.5-game lead for the #RedSox in the division matches their largest of the season. Off to New York they go with a chance to put it away.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 31, 2017
Casey At The Bat
Casey at the Bat was written on August 14, 1863 on Chatham Street in Worcester by Ernest Thayer under the penname “Phineas.” The 150th anniversary of the poem is being celebrated in 2013.
First Perfect Game
The first perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball was pitched in Worcester, on June 12, 1880, by J. Lee Richmond for the Worcester Worcesters – also known at various times as the Brown Stockings and the Ruby Legs - versus the Cleveland Blues at the Worcester Driving Park Grounds, located in the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds near Elm Park. Worcester joined the National League in 1880, replacing the failed Syracuse Stars.
In Greater Worcester, there was a deep history of participation in Industrial League Baseball. Locally, teams included Norton Co., Town Talk Baking Co. and Whitin Machine Works (shown here).
Honorary NL Membership
Worcester’s National League team was suspended in 1882 and replaced by the Philadelphia Quakers, who later became the Philadelphia Phillies. Worcester maintains an honorary lifetime NL membership.
NE Collegiate Baseball
A New England Collegiate Baseball League team played in Leominster from 1995 to 1999. Called the Central Mass. Collegians, they won the NECBL Championship in both 1995 and 1996, and During the 1995 season, they played a game against the Cuban National Youth Team in Worcester.
The now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League played for eight seasons, from 2005 through 2012. Former Tornadoes emcee Dave Peterson is general manager of Worcester’s new team in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Wachusett Dirt Dawgs
The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, who play at historic, and newly renovated, Doyle Field in Leominster, are a 2012 expansion franchise in the now-three-year-old Futures Collegiate Baseball League.The Dirt Dawgs’ 2013 season swung into action on June 5 with big expectations, but ended on August 8 with those hopes being dashed. They finished in the basement, with a record of 20-31 - 14 games behind first-place the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (38-18). The team is owned by prominent Leominster businessman John Morrison, who also founded, owns and operates Fosta-Tek Optics in Leominster.
Last month, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced the formation of the Worcester Baseball franchise, which will play its first season next summer. The team is owned by the family that owns and operates Creedon and Co. The prominent Worcester catering service will be the food-and-beverage vendor at home games at Fitton Field, at the College of the Holy Cross. Through Octobert 25, Worcester Baseball is conducting a name-the-team competition.