Sox lay an egg, fall 1-0 to Blue Jays in 11 innings


Sox lay an egg, fall 1-0 to Blue Jays in 11 innings

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

TORONTO -- The Red Sox had extra work to do on Labor Day and it didn't end well for them.

Brett Lawrie's walkoff homer to straightaway center field off Dan Wheeler in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 1-0 win.

The game wasn't the only thing the Sox lost on the day. Starting pitcher Josh Beckett was forced to come out of the game in the fourth inning after suffering a sprained right ankle.

In the bottom of the 10th, Jonathan Papelbon loaded the bases on a single and two walks, but fanned Adam Lind to leave three baserunners stranded.

The loss left the Red Sox 2 12 games behind first place New York in the American League East, their largest deficit since July 2.

It also marked the fourth time in the last 22 games that the Sox had been shutout and 11th time this season.

Beckett was overpowering in the early innings and showing no signs of physical issues. But after striking out six of the first 14 hitters he faced, Beckett seemed to stumble on the pitching rubber and called Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold to the mound.

Alfredo Aceves replaced Beckett and contributed 3 23 scoreless innings.

The Sox left two baserunners in the the third, fourth and seventh innings and were a combined 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Boston had seven hits, including three doubles.

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Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.


A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.