Nation STATion: Cinco de Red Sox

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Nation STATion: Cinco de Red Sox

By Bill Chuck
CSNNE.com

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. So in honor of Alfredo Aceves born in San Luis Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and Adrian Gonzalez whose parents are Mexican, here's a look at the Red Sox and numero cinco:

Five Red Sox who wore No. 5
Tony Perez 1980-82
George Scott 1966-71
Mike Higgins 1937-38, 55-62 (MGR)
Nomar Garciaparra 1996-2004
Rocco Baldelli 2009
Five Red Sox who wore No. 55
Bob Veale 1972-74
Jeff Suppan 1995-97
Ramiro Mendoza 2003
Lenny DiNardo 2004-06
Ryan Kalish 2010

Five Red Sox who had 55 extra-base hits in a season
Year 2B 3B HR
Todd Walker 2003 38 4 13
Jim Rice 1975 29 4 22
Carlton Fisk 1977 26 3 26
Joe Cronin 1939 33 3 19
Wade Boggs 1990 44 5 6
Five Red Sox who had 55 RBI in a season
Year
Jason Varitek 2006
Johnny Pesky 1948
Johnny Pesky 1946
Rick Ferrell 1936
Eddie Bressoud 1964
Wade Boggs 1984

Five Red Sox who scored 55 runs in a season:
Year
Jason Varitek 2000
Jerry Remy 1981
Brian Daubach 2000
Coco Crisp 2008
Cecil Cooper 1974

Gene Stephens, Candy LaChance, and Clyde Engle all had 55 doubles in their Red Sox careers.

Between 1907 and 1915, Tris Speaker was hit by 55 pitches while playing for the Sox.

Don Buddin grounded into 55 double plays in his Red Sox career.

These five third basemen ("5" when keeping score) hit five homers in a season for the Red Sox:

Player Year
Wade Boggs 1988
Wade Boggs 1983
Dalton Jones 1965
Grady Hatton 1954
Pinky Higgins 1938
Jimmy Collins 1903

You can add Kevin Youkilis to the mix this season as well.

Rick Burleson was caught stealing 55 times in his Sox career.

On 5555, the Sox lost to Detroit, 3-2 (five runs scored).

On 552005, the Sox beat Detroit, 2-1 (Jason Varitek hit his fifth double of the season).

Bill Hall, Tony Conigliaro, Jack Clark, Jose Canseco and Mike Cameron are five former or current Red Sox who struck out five times in a game, but none did it while a Red Sox. The five times a member of the Red Sox struck out five times in a game were by Jason Bay, Ray Jarvis, Phil Plantier and George Scott (who did it twice).

Derek Lowe had 55 losses for the Sox, to go along with 74 wins. No Sox pitcher ever had 55 wins.

David Aardsma, pitching for the Sox in 2008, had a 5.55 ERA.

Gary Peters allowed 55 homers in his Red Sox career from 1970 to 1972.

Ray Culp, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1968-73 had a record of 71-58 with a winning percentage of .550.

Manny Delcarmen allowed 55 hits for the Sox in 2008.

Bob Hefner in 1964 and Mark Clear in 1982 each appeared in 55 games for the Sox.

From 1956-58, Bob Porterfield appeared in 55 games for the Sox.

Clay Buchholz is 31-24 in his 55 decisions.

Finally, in case you are a musical theatre buff, "Damn Yankees," the musical adaptation of the book "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant," opened on Broadway on 5555. Not that it matters.

Adios!

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

NEW YORK -- The division title was there for the taking Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. When you've won 11 straight and steamrolled every other team in the division, what's one more?

One too many, apparently.

The Red Sox' 6-4 defeat to the New York Yankees postponed the Champagne party for at least one night. In and of itself, that's not a huge concern. The Sox' magic number remains one with five games to play and the club's epic hot streak had to come to an end eventually.

A better night by either David -- Ortiz or Price -- might have resulted in corks popping and on-field celebrations.

Ortiz was 0-for-5 and stranded a total of seven baserunners. When he came to the plate in the top of the ninth against Tyler Clippard with two outs and two on, it almost seemed scripted.

Here was Ortiz in his final Yankee Stadium series, about to inflict one final bit of misery on the rival Yankees with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Talk about drama. Talk about one more famous, final scene.

Alas, Ortiz took some feeble swings and swung through strike three for the final out. Not even Ortiz, for all his clutch performances, can conjure a game-winner on-demand every time.

A far bigger concern was the work of Price. Perhaps the best thing than can be said of him for now is that he almost certainly will not have to face the Yankees again this season, against whom he's compiled a gaudy 7.89 ERA this season.

More troubling, though, is that Price is not exactly hitting his stride as the postseason appears on the near horizon. In his last three starts combined, Price has pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed 27 hits and 14 runs.

That isn't the line of someone at peak form at the right time. To the contrary, after a run of outings in which it again appeared Price had figured everything out, he's regressed in his last three.

Most troubling Tuesday was a repeated inability to turn back the Yankees after his team had pulled close on the scoreboard.

Price spotted the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and the Sox finally scored twice in the top of the 6th to close within one at 3-2. But Price quickly gave anther run back in the bottom of the inning.

Then the Sox scored two more times in the seventh to tie things at 4-4. . . but Price gave the two runs right back in the bottom of the inning.

"Very frustrating,'' sighed Price. "It's something I talk about all the time. It's a very big deal. And it's something I feel like I've struggled with this entire year. Whenever you're going good, it's something you're doing very well. And whenever you're going bad...you get a lead, give it right back. . . that's tough.''

It also doesn't portend well for the postseason, where Price, as you may have heard, has a spotty track record.

With some strong starts in the final few weeks, he could have reached the playoffs with both momentum and confidence.

Instead, he's got one more start -- Sunday -- to straighten things out.

Ortiz? His postseason bona fides are set.

Price, meanwhile, has no such reservoir of success upon which to draw. And starts like Tuesday's only reinforce the doubts.

 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees:

 

QUOTES:

"I went 0-for-5 today, so I ain't got (anything) to talk about.'' - David Ortiz after turning around and seeing a small army of reporters waiting for him in front of his locker.

"To have a chance to clinch the division for us here (and come up sort), it's not acceptable. If my offense scores me four runs, I feel like I should be able to go out there and win.'' - David Price.

"The bottom line story to this one was (Price) mislocating within the strike zone.'' - John Farrell.

 

NOTES:

* Boston's season-best 11-game win streak was snapped with the loss.

* David Price took his first loss since Aug. 7.

* Price is 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA against the Yankees this season.

* Aaron Hill contributed his first pinch-hit homer in his career.

* Mookie Betts saw his streak of reaching base in 38 straight road games stopped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his third straight multi-hit game.

* For the 20th time this season, Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a three-hit game.

* In his last 12 games, Andrew Benintendi has eight extra-base hits.

* Hill's pinch-hit homer was the third by the Red Sox this month.

 

STARS:

1) Tyler Austin

The rookie first baseman snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a two-run homer and also added two more hits in three at-bats.

2) Gary Sanchez

The first-year catcher continues to amaze, hitting his 20th homer in only his 51st game, sending the Yanks out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.

3) Luis Cessa

Cessa took a big step forward from his last start against the Red Sox by keeping them scoreless through the first five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth.