Postgame notes: Pinch-runner Berry doesn't steal

Postgame notes: Pinch-runner Berry doesn't steal
September 19, 2013, 1:30 am
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BOSTON – After Mike Carp singled to lead off the 11th, Quintin Berry went in to pinch-run for him. Berry, who was acquired from the Royals on Aug, 27, entered with one stolen base in eight games for the Red Sox this season. But he was 30-for-34 in stolen base attempts in 100 minor league games this season, for an  88.2 percent success rate.

Between last season with the Tigers and this season with the Sox, he has been successful in all 22 of his attempts at the big league level. Usually, a 75 percent success rate gets you the green light.
 
But, Berry was not given an opportunity to attempt a steal. On the first pitch of his at-bat, Daniel Nava, the next batter, successfully bunted Berry to second. Orioles’ left-hander T.J. McFarland intentionally walked Will Middlebrooks (the Sox only walk of the game) and Stephen Drew hit into an inning-ending double play.
 
But, not attempting a steal in that situation was by design manager John Farrell said.
 
“With the left-hander on the mound and as well as [O’s catcher Matt} Weiters throws, we’re not looking at a straight steal there,” Farrell said. “We’re trying to get some speed on the base paths.  Nava lays down the bunt. But that’s what we’re looking to get right there. [Berry has] got obviously more foot speed than Carp in that situation.”
 
How Berry, who was acquired for his speed, is used in those situations for the remainder of the season will be determined as the situations arise, Farrell said.
 
“It’s going to be game to game where he’s used,” Farrell said.
 
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The Sox have lost back-to-back games for the first time since a  three-game losing streak from Aug. 14-16.  Between losing streaks, the Sox went 20-7...The Sox fell to 10-6 in extra innings this season, including 4-2 at home.

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Jackie Bradley pinch-hit for Shane Victorino in the 12th, grounding out for the second out.  After the game, Farrell said Victorino has been dealing with a jammed right thumb.

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The Sox hit into four double plays in the game, matching their season high, along with four they hit into in an 11-inning win over the Twins on May 6.

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The Sox are 6-9 (.400) against the O’s this year and 34-20 (.630) against all other AL East teams.

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With Cleveland’s loss to Kansas City, the Sox's magic number to clinch a playoff spot berth fell to 1. Their magic number to clinch the A.L. East is 3.

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With two home runs, the Sox have 166 on the season, surpassing the team’s 2012 total of 165.

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The Sox lost a game started by an opposing left-hander for the first time since  Aug. 18, to the Yankees CC Sabathia. The loss ended a streak of 10 consecutive wins when facing a lefty starter.

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The Sox’ 15 hits were their most in a loss since Aug. 25, 2012, against the Royals, when they recorded 10 hits in a 12-inning, 10-9 loss. The three runs scored mark the Sox’s fewest in a game with at least 15 hits since May 22, 1983, against the Twins, when they recorded 15 hits, losing 4-3 in 13 innings.
 
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Right-hander Jake Peavy started but was not involved in the decision. He went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk, a hit batter, a balk and eight strikeouts, a new high with the sox. He did not allow a hit until Danny Valencia’s single leading off the fifth. Peavy has six quality starts in nine outings since joining the Sox...Peavy has struck out 23 batters in 19 innings in three career starts against the Orioles.
     
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Will Middlebrooks reached in 4 of 5 plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a walk. He entered the game in  an 0-for-17 slide.
          
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Dustin Pedroia went  2-for-6 with a double, extending his hit streak to eight games. In that span he is batting  .306, going 11-for-36, all since becoming the leadoff hitter.
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Victorino went 3-for-5 with a run scored. In 22 games at Fenway Park since July 30, he is batting .402, going 35-for-87, with a .470 on-base percentage, with five walks, getting hit by a pitch seven times.
          
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Mike Napoli hit his 23rd home run, leading off the sixth  to tie the score at 3. Since Aug. 24,  he has eight home runs and 21 RBI in 21 games. He leads the Sox with eight of his home runs against lefties.  It was his sixth home run in September, his most for any month this season, one more than he had in July. Of his six home runs this month, four have tied the game or given the  Sox the lead. He  has 20 September home runs since the start of 2011. Entering Wednesday,  only Adrian Beltre had more, with 23.  

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Red Sox lefty reliever Craig Breslow went two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit with now runs. Over his last 29 appearances since July 9,  he is 3-0 with a 0.63 ERA, giving up just two earned runs in 28 2/3 innings, with a  1.01 WHIP, giving up 19 hits and 10 walks.       
        
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The O’s are 8-5 in extra-inning games this season...The O’s did not commit an error  in the game. It was their 114th errorless game this season, passing the 2008 Astros for the most such games in a season since 1900.

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Danny Valencia went 2-for-5 with a run scored. In his past 17 games since Aug. 4, he is batting .467, going 28-for-60,  with eight doubles, a triple, four homers, and 13 RBI, including 10 multi-hit games. Against the Sox this season,  he is 11-for-22 (.500) with three doubles, a triple, and a home run. ...Jim Johnson recorded his major league-leading 47th save. In 15 appearances against the Sox since June 6, 2012, he has not allowed a run while converting all 13 save opportunities.