09/18 23:18 CDT Giants rout Red Sox 11-3, giving Bochy 2,000th win
Giants rout Red Sox 11-3, giving Bochy 2,000th win
By DOUG ALDEN
BOSTON (AP) --- The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet
another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season.
San Francisco's 11-3 rout of the Red Sox on Wednesday night was Bochy's 2,000th
career victory as a manager in the majors.
"I've been lucky. I've been blessed to have been doing this this long. That's
what it means." Bochy said.
Fans who stuck around Fenway Park were chanting Bochy's name at the end and
Boston manager Alex Cora saluted from the opposite dugout, knowing the
significance of what Bochy has achieved in 25 years of managing.
"That number just represents so many people, more than anybody are those
players. Hopefully when they hear that number, they realize what a big part
they had to do with it. It doesn't happen without them."
The Giants broke out champagne in the clubhouse for a postgame celebration,
which included a few understated remarks from their beloved skipper.
"It was actually pretty relaxed and very Boch-esque. Just gave a little speech
and said what he always says -- how much he appreciates the guys. And we know
that, so that's why we play so hard for him," said Jeff Samardija, who took a
no-hitter into the sixth on Bochy's big night. "You don't want to let him down.
When you have that respect for a manager, the team shows up every night and is
Bochy won 951 games while managing the San Diego Padres over 12 seasons and is
1,049-1,047 in 13 years with San Francisco, which won three World Series titles
with Bochy at the helm.
Cora opened his postgame remarks by congratulating Bochy.
"At this level that's kind of like unreal. I think everybody that gets to do
this job wish they could last that long and be able to do what he has done
throughout his career," Cora, who is wrapping up just his second season as a
manager in the majors. "The way he's gone about the business. I mean, he's been
amazing, so congratulations."
The Giants helped Bochy reach 2,000 with just 10 games remaining in the season.
The 10 other managers to win 2,000 are all Hall of Famers and Bochy is sure to
"He's just a players' coach, which I think is the ultimate compliment,"
Samardzija said. "He understands the sacrifices we make. He understands the
grind we go through. He hasn't forgotten that."
Samardzija didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and the Giants gave him
plenty of offense, tagging eight Boston pitchers for 15 hits while winning for
the second straight night at Fenway Park. San Francisco blew the game open with
two runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth and will try and complete a
three-game sweep of the interleague series Thursday afternoon.
Rafael Devers hit his 30th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the
second straight night for the Red Sox.
Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer in the first and finished with four RBIs for
the Giants. Samardzija (11-12) pitched six innings, holding Boston to one run
on two hits and four walks. He struck out two.
The Giants capitalized quickly on control issues by Boston starter Jhoulys
Chacn, who was tagged for three runs in the first inning and didn't make it
through the third despite striking out six.
Chacn (3-11) was in trouble from the start with a walk to leadoff batter Mike
Yastrzremski, followed by a Brandon Belt's double to left-center. Kevin Pillar
drove in Yastzremski on a fielder's choice and Vogt lined a two-out homer off
the Pesky Pole to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.
Brandon Crawford's RBI double in the third put San Francisco up 4-0, which was
plenty of cushion for Samardzija, who didn't allow a hit until Devers' homer
with two outs in the sixth.
Enderson Franco made his major-league debut when he started the ninth for San
Francisco. He allowed Bradley's homer, which bounced off the top of the Green
Monster and was initially ruled a triple before being overturned after a video
Yastrzemski hit an RBI single in the ninth, one night after homering in his
first game at Fenway, where his Hall of Fame grandfather, Carl, played 23
seasons with the Red Sox. Carl Yastrzemski, Boston's beloved "Yaz," threw out
the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night.
Giants: C Buster Posey (back, hip) could return to the lineup Thursday, Bochy
Red Sox: Cora said LHP David Price (cyst left wrist), who hasn't pitched since
Sept. 1, will have surgery on his left wrist and is done for the season. "We're
going to shut him down," Cora said. "It's a head start to next year and a smart
thing to do." . OF Mookie Betts missed his fourth straight game with
inflammation in his left foot. Cora said Betts could return as DH this weekend
when the Red Sox visit Tampa Bay. . IF Sam Travis was under the concussion
protocol after getting hit in the head by a throw while sliding into third
LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-8, 3.73 ERA) starts for the Giants in the series
finale Thursday afternoon against Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodrguez (17-6, 3.64).