BOSTON -- Despite the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night in the home schedule finale, Red Sox pitchers tied their season high with 14 strikeouts. The final 11 outs of the game came on strikeouts.It was the longest such streak by any team since the Marlins also struck out 11 in a row on Sept. 30, 2009 at Atlanta. The only other time the Sox accomplished that kind of a feat since 1961 was July 19, 2004 at Seattle, when they also struck out 11.The stretch started with Jon Lesters fourth strikeout, B.J. Upton for the second out of the sixth. Lester finished the game with five strikeouts in his six innings.He was followed to the mound by Clayton Mortensen, Rich Hill, Mark Melancon, and Craig Breslow. While the Rays were able to mix in five hits, a walk, and a run in that span, all the remaining outs were by strikeouts.Mortensen pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Hill, two-thirds of an inning, Melancon 1 13, and Breslow, one inning, recording each of their outs on strikeouts.That information caught even catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia by surprise.I didnt really even pay attention, to be honest with you, he said.Just shows you want kind of stuff out pitchers got. They got any pitch they can throw at any time to strike guys out. Thats a credit to them and a credit to hard work.There have been very few silver linings to this season. But, that is one of them.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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