Found August 07, 2013 on FenwayNation:
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Stephen Wright had his knuckleball dancing like you write home about. Unfortunately, his dance partner, Ryan Lavarnway, just couldn't catch it. Four passed ball later (an MLB record for one inning), Boston was down, 3-0. John Farrell had seen enough, pulled Wright and brought in Brandon Workman. Lavarnway could catch him, but so could the Astro bats. After going down, 5-0, the Red Sox offense then stormed back with 15 tallies—beating Houston 15-10. This was not a pitching clinic, folks—on either side. The Boston offense came from just about everbody—but most notably from Jacoby Ellsbury (2 HRs), David Ortiz ( 4 for 4) and Jonny Gomes (4 RBIs off the bench). With their 69th win of the year (equal to last year's total wins), Boston moved 1 1/2 games above Tampa.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Lavarnway turns rough night around as Red Sox romp 15-10 over Astros

Ryan Lavarnway the catcher had a nightmarish start to his night but Ryan Lavarnway the hitter backed by most of the Red Sox lineup banished the bad memories in a 15-10 rout over the hapless Astros last night at Minute Maid Park. Lavarnway’s two-out two-run double in the five-run fifth inning gave the Sox their first lead at 8-7 a margin they inflated to a comfortable victory for...

Ryan Lavarnway Allows Record-Tying Four Passed Balls in First Inning Against Astros (Video)

Knuckleballs are hard to throw, hit and catch — just ask Steven Wright, Ryan Lavarnway and just about anyone who has dug into the batter’s box when that red-stitched pearl comes dancing along. In an inning that would make Doug Mirabelli cringe, Lavarnway allowed four passed balls against the Astros in the first frame on Tuesday night, tying a major league record. The last time...

Lavarnway In A Bad Way Handling Knucklers

((HT: NESN/MLB)) Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway had a rough first inning handling (or "trying to handle") Steven Wright's knuckleball against the Houston Astros... Yeah... it was a long first inning... Your browser does not support iframes. Four passed balls later, Lavarnway would redeem himself... He hit a two-run double in the fifth as the Sox would win 15-10

Boston has 4 passed balls in 1st to tie MLB record

Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway has tied a major league record with four passed balls in one inning. Lavarnway had trouble handling pitches from knuckleballer Steven Wright in the first inning Tuesday night against the Houston Astros. Wright was making his first big league start. It was the third time in major league history that a team had four passed balls in one inning...

Ryan Lavarnway allows four passed balls in one inning against Houston

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright made his first career start on Tuesday night against the Astros in Houston, and young Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway had a very difficult time handling the movement on Wright’s pitches. Lavarnway, who has caught Wright eight times before in the minors, tied a Major League record by allowing four passed balls in the first inning. The mistakes allowed...

Video: Red Sox Recover For 15-10 Win Over Astros

After the first inning where Ryan Lavarnway had four passed balls off of the Steven Wright knuckleball, you'd have thought the Boston Red Sox would be done against the Houston Astros. They weren't and I'm guessing some people gave up on the game. Folks with this Red Sox team, you simply can't do that. Lavarnway redeemed himself in the 5th inning with a two...

Ryan Lavarnway Returns to Lineup Against Houston As Steven Wright Makes First Career Start

Ryan Lavarnway will return to the lineup to catch knuckleballer Steven Wright‘s first career major league start as the Red Sox try to rebound against the Astros on Tuesday night in Houston. Wright will get the nod as a result of manager John Farrell‘s wish to give his regular starters an extra day of rest. Despite it being Wright’s first big league start, however, the right...

Record breaking night for Lavarnway

The Guru Contributing Writer Boston starting pitcher Steven Wright had the knuckleball dancing so much Tuesday night in Houston that the Astros couldn't get any wood on it. Unfortunately, Red Sox backstop Ryan Lavarnway couldn't get any leather on it. Lavarnway tied the Major League Baseball record for passed balls in an inning with four. The golden sombrero of catching...

Brandon Workman Recalled For Road Trip

(PHOTO: Otto Greule Jr)The absence of Daniel Nava due to paternity leave has opened up a roster spot for the Red Sox. According to Joon Lee of MLB Daily Dish, rookie hurler Brandon Workman will be recalled to the big club in time for the 10-game, three-city road trip that starts tonight in Houston. The 24-year old righty is 1-1 in four appearances with the Red Sox this year—with...

How Much More Bizarre Can This Red Sox-Astros Series Get?

I figured Monday night’s game, which saw the Red Sox shut down by the worst team in baseball, would be the oddity in this series. Turns out it was just an appetizer. Last night’s slugfest was one of the oddest and more confounding Red Sox games I’ve ever witnessed and I’m happy that when the dust cleared, they emerged with a win. Among the strange happenings: Ryan Lavarnway...

Your Morning Dump... where Ortiz notices something special about this team.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “This past week, we pretty much have three or four wins coming from behind,” Ortiz said. “That tells you this is a team, doesn’t matter what the situation is, we’re going to fight through it. We’re...

Red Sox-Astros Live: Ryan Dempster, Jarred Cosart Square Off in Rubber Match in Houston

7:37 p.m.: Ryan Lavarnway had a rough night behind the plate Tuesday. Hopefully, it’s all behind him, as the Red Sox catcher is celebrating a birthday. Lavarnway turned 26 years old today. 7:30 p.m.: Lineups are here! Red Sox (69-46) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Carp, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Stephen Drew, SS Jarrod Saltalamacchia,...

Red Sox Report: Farrell Was Wrong With Wright

Steven Wright’s first inning was one to forget last night in Houston. One inning Tuesday night.  That is all John Farrell had to see from Steven Wright on the mound before he brought in Brandon Workman.  Wright of course a knuckle baller, was making his first start in the major leagues last night.  The Red Sox wanted to give their starters an extra day of rest but I feel they...

Mike Napoli Given Night Off to ‘Get Him off His Feet,’ Says John Farrell (Video)

Once a potent bat behind David Ortiz, Mike Napoli has become a hole in the middle of the Red Sox’ batting order. Napoli has recorded just two hits in the past week (hitting at a .091 clip over that span) and has seen his batting average dwindle to .251 — his lowest mark since April 21. Manager John Farrell elected to start Mike Carp at first base Wednesday night in Houston, giving...

Red Sox Picnic in the Park Set to Take Place on Sept. 1, Tickets Still Available (Videos)

Tickets are still available for the Red Sox’ eighth annual Picnic in the Park, which is set to take place one hour after the conclusion of the 1:35 p.m. Red Sox game against the White Sox on Sunday, Sept. 1. Fans who buy tickets will be treated to a 45-minute autograph session with Red Sox players, a barbecue on the Fenway outfield, entertainment, a goodie bag, and a live auction...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.