Red Sox Clinch AL East Title With 11-6 Win Over Yankees
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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|Red Sox clinch the AL East|
This is the third straight season in which the Red Sox have won the AL East.
It is the first time in team history they have won three straight division titles.
Red Sox Rally Past Yankees
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the seventh, Boston got a home run from Jackie Bradley Jr. to cut New York’s lead to one.
Catcher Christian Vazquez singled, Benintendi doubled to right and J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Xander Bogaerts would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game at 6.
On the play, Yankees centerfielder Aaron Hicks threw it over the third baseman’s head and into the seats allowing Benintendi to score to give Boston a 7-6 lead.
Still, with a one-run lead in the 8th, the Red Sox got a three-run home run from Betts to take an 11-6 lead.
The home run marked the second time that Betts recorded at least 40 doubles, five triples, and 30 home runs in a season.
The only other Red Sox player to ever to that in two seasons is Ted Williams in 1939 and 1947.
In the bottom of the 9th, Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff triple to Andrew McCuthchen before getting Aaron Judge to strike out, Hicks to fly out and Stanton to strike out.
Boston travels to Cleveland for the start of a three-game series with the Indians.
The series begins on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
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.