On the plus side, the Braves turned a triple play!

On the minus side…

Obviously, Charlie Morton twirled a stinker, as is his periodic wont. But when your offense scores one run in Fenway Park, you’re pretty much gonna lose.

(The Red Sox are 0-10 in games where they scored one run this year, and 10-0 in games where they limited their opponents to one run this year. That ain’t a park that has a lot of 1-0 games. JonathanF, back me up on that!)

What’s galling is just who held them to one measly run: a crappy ex-Phillie named Nick Pivetta, who twirled five scoreless following the anonymous opener, John Schreiber.

Nick Pivetta is not exactly an unknown quantity. Going into last night, this particular belly-itcher had made 18 appearances against the Braves, 15 of them starts, and in 84 1/3 innings, he had a 5.34 ERA. Following last night’s gem, his ERA against the Braves is all the way down to 5.04.

He’d made one previous start against the Braves this year, May 9, in which he went four innings and gave up seven earned. Just to illustrate the point, here are his previous ten games against the Braves, in order:

  • May 9, 2023: 4 IP, 7 ER
  • August 10, 2022: 6 IP, 3 ER
  • May 26, 2021: 6 IP, 4 ER
  • September 27, 2020: 5 IP, 1 ER
  • August 10, 2020 (relief): 0 1/3 IP, 6 ER
  • September 9, 2019 (relief): 1 IP, 3 ER
  • July 28, 2019 (relief): 2 IP, 0 ER
  • July 3, 2019: 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER
  • June 14, 2019: 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER
  • March 30, 2019: 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER

So, again: this is the gentleman who ruined the buffet at the Harrow club this morning.

Anyway, I just went into the filter and rescued JonathanF’s comment about triple plays, so here it is in all its glory:

There have been 4 triple plays that started with a flyout to the center fielder.

  • The closest was on May 31, 2000, turned by the Diamondbacks against the Cardinals, which went 8-2-6.
    In both of the other outs, the runners were doubled up.
  • There was also an 8-4-3 triple play in this game on July 4, 1988, turned by the Royals against the Red Sox.
    Once again, both runners were doubled up.
  • There was an 8-6-4 triple play in this game on July 17, 1953 by the Yankees against the Browns.
    In that game, both runners were erased on tagging up.
  • Finally, we have this play from a game on October 2, 1943, turned by the Senators against the Tigers, with the truly weird description: Triple Play: Flyball: CF; York out at 2B/CF-C-2B; Wakefield out at Hm/2B-C-3B.
    So, that would be 8-2-4-2-5.