Tag: Miguel Cabrera

Revisiting Boston’s April 8th Setback To The Detroit Tigers

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Earlier today, we highlighted an epic (and crazy) game that took place on this exact date eight years ago. And that game featured both our hometown Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

Mike Aviles, Kelly Shoppach
Mike Aviles concluded his team’s epic 13-12 setback to the Detroit Tigers with three RBI, three hits, and two runs. (PHOTO COURTESY: NESN.com)

Detroit, which won the game in eleven innings by a score of 13-12, needed not one, but two rallies to beat Boston and clinch their first three-game series of the 2012 season.

Miguel Cabrera highlighted his team’s win with five RBI, three hits and three runs, while Alex Avila capped his team’s comeback effort with a two-run blast in the bottom of the eleventh inning.

“I’m too tired right now,” Avila said via the game’s report on ESPN.com following his two-run home run. “I’m glad we have an off day (Monday). This weekend has been crazy.”

Detroit plated 26 runs against the Red Sox and won two of the three contests during the team’s final at-bat. The Tigers, which would go onto represent the American League in the World Series, edged the Red Sox in their season-opener, 3-2, despite Jose Valverde blowing what would have been his initial save of 2012.

Boston’s offense, which was led by Mike Aviles and Nick Punto, did provide its pitchers (and defense) with an opportunity to win this particular game, not just in the ninth inning, but also in the eleventh. However, Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon surrendered the leads by giving up a home run to Cabrera in the ninth inning and Avila in the eleventh.

“This is a work in progress,” first-year Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said following his team’s third setback of the 2012 season. “We’re three days in after losing our closer, and we’re still trying to figure it out.”

Boston would erase memories of the Sunday setback, along with its Opening Day loss on Monday, April 9th when they beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.

Unfortunately, 2012 was not Boston’s best season as they finished 69-93 overall, as well as 26 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Boston never spent a single day during the 2012 season in first-place – in fact, their longest winning streak was just six games (Apr. 23rd to Apr. 28th).

Weeks after squandering their lead to the Tigers, the Red Sox would suffer a disappointing 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 17 innings.

The 2012 Boston Red Sox–An Obituary

By Andy Lindberg

The Boston Red Sox suck spectacularly.  A day after being shut out by Detroit 10-0, the Red Sox came back with a furious vengeance and scored 12 runs on April 8.

The only problem was Detroit scored 13.

Last year I distinctly remember saying April was too early to push the panic button.  The Red Sox would be ok.  For a while, the Red Sox were ok.  They were better than ok.  For about four months, the 2011 Red Sox were the best team in baseball until September, when they were the worst.

The 2012 Red Sox seem to have liked the 2011 September suckers.  Twice on Easter Sunday, 2012, the Red Sox bullpen gave up leads.  Alfredo Aceves could not record an out in the bottom of the ninth with a three-run lead, blowing the save with a Miguel Cabrera big fly.  After saying on Friday he felt the hook came too quickly, Mark Melancon, out to redeem himself, gave up a walk-off home run to Detroit catcher Alex Avila, who provided the hook for him so Bobby Valentine wouldn’t have to bother walking out to the mound.

How generous of you, Mr. Avila.

The Red Sox cannot win with pitching like this.  I’ve seen enough.  Boston fans have seen enough.  Stick a fork in them.  They’re done three games into the season.  The loss of Andrew Bailey has seemingly turned into the loss of this season.  Our former All-Star closer-in-waiting has become a starting pitcher in Daniel Bard.  In the chess game that is pitching matchups and bullpen pieces, the Red Sox have knocked over their king.  The Red Sox have yet again started the season by being swept by a good team, a team Boston desperately needed to beat.  The only bright spot in the pitching came in the Opener, when Jon Lester pitched seven innings of one-run ball, only to have the misfortune of being matched up against Justin Verlander.  When Boston came back and tied the game off of Jose Valverde in the ninth, Melancon came in during the bottom half of the same inning, allowed two base-runners, yielded the ball to Aceves, and saw Austin Jackson hit a walk-off single.

I’m as sick of writing about them as you are of reading about them.  This week Boston plays three games at Toronto and then come back to Fenway for four games against Tampa Bay, who just lit up the New York Yankees, sweeping the Bombers to start the year.

And on a side note, I hate saying this, but part of me hopes Bard gets lit up in his first two starts or so and runs to Valentine, begging Bobby V to insert him into the bullpen as Boston’s closer in Bailey’s absence.

The sharp swagger we’ve been used to seeing from the Red Sox pitching staff is gone, faded and sanded like the edges of ancient sea-glass on a beach.  Now all Sox fans can do is hope one day management wakes up and realizes the team is lost in these huge-market signings, and will once again stock up the farm system to the glorious system that produced so many All Stars earlier in the decade.  I love the Red Sox with every ounce of my being, but Sox fans are watching the beginnings of a massacre in Boston right now, and there’s still 159 more games to go…

Daily Noontime – February 25, 2011

Could Jeff Green really help the Boston Celtics?

Good Friday morning to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime and of course, a brand new weekend! Have a great day, be safe and here are your headlines, news and video of the day!

Headlines:

* The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, but one of the biggest trades involved the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.

* How about the Chicago Bulls? “Da Bulls” defeated the Miami Heat on Thursday in an impressive win.

* The Georgetown Hoyas will continue the remainder of their regular season without one of their young stars, Chris Wright.

* According to the NFL mediator, “some progress” has been made between both the players union and owners.

* The NFL combine turned into a variety of question and answers on Thursday and certainly, many NFL team officials wanted to talk with former Auburn University quarterback, Cam Newton.

* Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh believes that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is going to be the leagues MVP.

* Good news for Detroit Tigers fans, first baseman Miguel Cabrera has officially shown up to spring training camp after being arrested a week ago for a DUI.

Games to Watch:

* Pittsburgh at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* New Jersey at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* New Jersey at San Antonio (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* Denver at Portland (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Looks like the Celtics found another member of the “Green Team!”


Daily Noontime – February 18, 2011

Alright, it is indeed Friday and welcome to another weekend in 2011! Today, we have an awesome Daily Noontime, except, all of them are amazing and cool. Anyways, here is the Daily Noontime for Friday February 18, 2011, have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Headlines:

* Give some props to Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who scored a career high 42-points and helped his team beat the San Antonio Spurs, 109-99.

* Sadly, according to reports, Indiana Pacers former guard Reggie Miller was not declared a finalist for the NBA Hall of Fame class of 2011.

* The NFL is two weeks away from a potential lockout, but Thursday’s news it seems that the players union has agreed to a mediation.

* It seems that Texas Rangers new pitcher Brandon Webb wants to be a starter in the rotation once April comes, but will that happen?

* The Detroit Tigers shouldn’t be too pleased by Miguel Cabrera‘s recent actions, as the slugger was arrested for a DUI.

* An Alabama fan was arrested Auburn police for mischief. That is correct, first degree “mischief.”

Games to Watch:

* New York Rangers at New Jersey (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Boston at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Carolina (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Get excited for the NBA All-Star weekend and Blake Griffin‘s dunks.