August 24, 2019

G131: Red Sox 5, Padres 4

Red Sox - 001 300 001 - 5 10  0
Padres  - 000 300 100 - 4  7  1
Brock Holt led off the top of the ninth inning by hitting Kirby Yates's first pitch over the right-field wall. It was Holt's third home run of the season and it was the margin of victory in the Red Sox's 5-4 win on Saturday evening.

The bottom of the ninth was tense as Brandon Workman went K, BB, WP, K, BB to his first four batters. Eric Hosmer, who had hit a two-run homer back in the fourth inning, struck out on three pitches, fouling off two inside offerings before swinging and missing a low knucklecurve. The Padres ended up putting none of Workman's 23 pitches into play.

Holt also scored the Red Sox's first run, in the third. Mitch Moreland singled to left and Holt was hit by a pitch. Nathan Eovaldi bunted to first and Hosmer's throw across the diamond forced Moreland at third. Mookie Betts singled to right, scoring Holt.

The first four Boston batters reached base in the fourth. J.D. Martinez singled and Andrew Benintendi walked. Christian Vázquez's double to center made it 3-0 and then "Someone Named" scored on Moreland's single.

Eovaldi (3-4-2-1-3, 64) gave two of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Manny Machado singled and Hosmer went boom. Marcus Walden gave up a double to Hunter Renfroe, his first batter. Renfroe went to third on a fly to center and scored on a grounder to short.

Dinelson Lamet (5-6-4-3-5, 88) walked Xander Bogaerts and JDM with one out in the fifth, but Benintendi hit into a 4-6-3 double play. The Padres also turned a double play to end the eighth.

Darwinzon Hernandez pitched a perfect fifth and Ryan Brasier did the same in the sixth, striking out two. Unfortunately, Brasier also began the seventh. He walked Luis Urias and then, after striking out Austin Hedges, hit Francisco Mejia with a pitch. Josh Taylor came in and gave up a game-tying single to Ty (!) France. Taylor walked Machado with two outs to load the bases, but Hosmer, providing a preview of what he'd do again two innings later, struck out.

MFY Watch: The AL East is out of reach, but it's always fun knowing the Yankees lost a heartbreaker. The MFY trailed the Dodgers 2-1, but had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. They came up empty when Kenley Jansen struck out both Mike Tauchman (ffs) and Gary Maniloaf (ffbs). ... The Yankees got burned by LA infielder Max Muncy, who exaggerated how hurt he was after a collision with Brett Gardner at second base, causing an umpire to call time.

Gleyber Torres had left third and hoped to score the tying run, but with the play dead, he was sent back to third ... where he watched his two teammates go down on strikes. (Muncy: "He still got me good, it still hurt, so it wasn't entirely fake ... but there might have been a little acting class in there." Torres: "I don't know what is wrong with umpires today.") The Yankees have lost five of their last six games.

AL Wild Card: CLE/TBR –, OAK 0.5, BOS 6.0.
Nathan Eovaldi / Dinelson Lamet
Betts, CF
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Martinez, RF
Benintendi, LF
Vázquez, C
Moreland, 1B
Holt, 2B
Eovaldi, P
AL Wild Card: TBR/OAK/CLE –, BOS 6.5.

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