The Boston Red Sox are banking on continuity to sustain their momentum against the Houston Astros. Alex Cora made only one change to the Red Sox starting lineup for Tuesday’s matchup with the Astros, replacing catcher Christian Vázquez with Kevin Plawecki in a platoon-oriented move. The Red Sox beat the Astros 6-3 on Monday night in the series opener, improving their record over their last six games to 4-2.
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The Red Sox don’t need any help losing baseball games right now, as they can do plenty well at that on their own with the way they are playing. The umpire still helped them out on Wednesday though, blowing an easy ball four call that would have led to a run, instead calling it a strike to end the inning. Kevin Plawecki and co. were, uh, not happy. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)
Kevin Plawecki, understandably, had a gripe with home plate umpire Adam Beck’s strike three call that wasn’t a strike in the Boston Red Sox’s 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. But he still doesn’t want the strike zone to be controlled by a robot.
The Red Sox could only muster three runs on Wednesday, eventually resulting in a 5-3 extra innings defeat in Atlanta. But as replays clearly showed, a missed call earlier in the game should have resulted in at least one additional Boston run. With the score tied 3-3 in the top...
The strike three call on Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki was a major storyline after Boston’s 5-3 walk-off loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday given the gravity of the moment, but those on the home team’s broadcast didn’t pay it any mind. “Struck him out!,” one...
Alex Cora and Kevin Plawecki were not long for Wednesday night’s matchup with the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox manager and catcher were ejected for arguing balls and strikes after Plawecki was called out on a strike three call that can only be described as incorrect. The duo had every reason to be upset with home plate umpire Adam Beck, as the ball was proven to be out of the zone.
Alex Cora ejected: Boston Red Sox manager tossed for second time in four games; Kevin Plawecki also thrown out
ATLANTA — Manager Alex Cora was ejected from the Red Sox’s game against the Braves during the sixth inning Wednesday for arguing a called third strike. It marked Cora’s second ejection in the past four games. He also got tossed from Boston’s game against the White Sox on Saturday for arguing balls and strikes.
Boston Red Sox’s Kevin Plawecki on missed call: ‘It at least cost us one (run). It stinks. Terrible’
ATLANTA — Home plate umpire Adam Beck called out Kevin Plawecki on strikes to end the top of the sixth inning Wednesday. Atlanta reliever Collin McHugh’s 89 mph cutter landed well below the strike zone and should have been ball four to force in a run with the bases loaded.
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Plawecki was ejected from Wednesday's game against Atlanta for arguing balls and strikes, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Plawecki was up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, and he was ejected after he expressed his displeasure with a called third strike. He went 1-for-3 and was replaced by Christian Vazquez behind the plate.
Times are tough for the Boston Red Sox at present. The Red Sox were swept at Fenway Park over the weekend by the Chicago White Sox, which dropped Boston’s record on the season down to 10-19. Only four teams in all of Major League Baseball currently have a worse winning percentage than Boston.
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