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.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.