Sox notes: Bullpen scoreless streak continues

Sox notes: Bullpen scoreless streak continues
October 17, 2013, 3:15 am
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Brandon Workman pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Jake Peavy on Wednesday night.

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DETROIT – The bullpen had been a question mark for the Red Sox entering the postseason. But the relievers have virtually erased any questions thus far.

With five more scoreless innings in Game 4, the Sox bullpen stretched its streak of scoreless innings to 16 2/3 over the past five games.  Brandon Workman, Ryan Dempster, Franklin Morales, and Felix Doubront combined to allow four hits, with one walk, and two strikeouts, although Workman allowed an inherited runner to score.
 
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David Ross will be behind the plate to catch Jon Lester in Game 5 Thursday night.

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The Sox outhit the Tigers in Game 4, 12-9. They were 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

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David Ortiz and Stephen Drew combined to end six of the nine innings, and leaving nine runners on base.

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Xander Bogaerts’ ninth-inning double made him the youngest Red Sox player, at 21 years, 15 days, to record a postseason hit. Reggie Smith, Everett Scott, and Smoky Joe Wood all did so when they were 22.

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The Sox had three batters with at least two hits in Game 4 in Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. In the first three games of the series only Dustin Pedroia had a two-hit game, with a single and a double in Game 2.

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Ellsbury had four hits in Game 4, his fifth career postseason game with at least three hits, passing Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz for the most postseason games with at least three hits in team history.

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Since the start of the best-of-seven ALCS format in 1985, this is the fifth time the series has had a 2-2 tie. That also happened in 2003, between the Red Sox and Yankees; 1998 (Yankees-Indians); 1995 (Indians-Mariners); and 1993 (White Sox-Blue Jays). In 1998 and 1995, the team that won Game
4 went on to win the series.

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Through the first 24 innings of this series, the Sox were tied or trailed in 23 innings, having the lead only after Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off single in the ninth inning of Game 2 before Mike Napoli’s solo home run with one out in the seventh inning of Game 3. The Sox have led in just four of the 36 innings played.

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Sox batters have struck out 42 times in the four games against Tigers starting pitchers.

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The Tigers’ five runs in the second inning was the first time they have posted five runs in a postseason inning since Game 3 of the 1987 ALCS against the Twins. The Tigers’ postseason record is 10 runs in the third inning in Game 6 of the 1968 World Series against the Cardinals.