June 30, 2017

G80: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 (11)

Red Sox   - 000 022 000 03 - 7 12  0
Blue Jays - 300 001 000 00 - 4  6  1
Xander Bogaerts, who came off the bench to play shortstop in the tenth inning, snapped a 4-4 tie with a run-scoring single in the eleventh. Deven Marrero drove in two more runs in the inning as the Red Sox, who had trailed by three runs almost as soon as the game began, rallied to beat the Blue Jays.

In addition to collecting 12 hits, the Red Sox drew 14 walks. It was the most walks by the Red Sox since April 16, 2014, when Boston had 15 BB in a 14-inning game against the White Sox. Before that, the Red Sox had 14 walks in a nine-inning game at Baltimore on April 7, 2006. The team record is 18, on September 17, 1920, when the Red Sox lost to the Tigers 14-13 in 12 innings.

Boston was 6-for-23 with runners at second and/or third. 23 AB!

Doug Fister (5-4-3-3-5, 100) gave up a three-run dong to Justin Smoak in the first inning. Over the next 10 innings, however, Toronto would manage only four hits.

Marco Estrada (4.1-2-2-7-3, 94) walked two Red Sox batters in the first. He loaded the bases on three walks in the third with no outs, but Boston could not make him pay for his wildness. Andrew Benintendi fouled to the catcher, Dustin Pedroia popped to second, and Mitch Moreland struck out looking.

Pedroia redeemed himself in the fifth with a two-run double, after Marrero had walked and Mookie Betts reached on an infield single. (Betts's single was the first hit off Estrada, after four no-hit innings.)

In the sixth, Marrero and Benintendi drove in runs to give Boston a 4-3 lead, but Troy Tulowitzki homered off Heath Hembree in the bottom half to tie things at 4-4.

Matt Barnes walked two hitters with one out in the seventh, but got a strikeout and a groundout.

Betts doubled with one out in the eighth and Benintendi walked, but Pedroia grounded into a double play. Boston also had a man on second with one out in the ninth, but Jackie Bradley popped to third and Christian Vazquez flied to left.

Blaine Boyer pitched the ninth and tenth innings, allowing a one-out single in the ninth and setting the Jays down in order in the tenth.

In the 11th, against Aaron Loup:
Hanley Ramirez doubled to center.
Bradley singled to right center, Ramirez to third.
Vazquez lined out to right.
Bogaerts singled to right, Ramirez scored, Bradley to second.
Glenn Sparkman relieved Loup.
Bradley stole third, Bogaerts stole second.
Marrero singled to right, Bradley and Bogaerts scored, Marrero to second on throw.
Betts safe at first on error by second baseman Goins, Marrero to third.
Betts to second on fielder's indifference.
Benintendi walked.
Pedroia grounded into double play, shortstop to second to first.
Craig Kimbrel faced only three batters in the ninth, striking out Kevin Pillar and retiring Luke Maile and Jose Bautista on flyballs to right.
Doug Fister / Marco Estrada
Betts, RF
Benintendi, LF
Pedroia, 2B
Moreland, 1B
Ramirez, DH
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Lin, SS
Marrero, 3B
If you listened to last night's game on NESN, you might have heard (like, 50 or 60 times) that the Red Sox are beginning a "long" road trip tonight.

It's actually only 10 days and includes three cities, which is a pretty normal road trip. (The Red Sox had a ten-game trip earlier this year (May 29-June 8) and they will have a nine-game trip in September.) This one will take the team to Toronto, Texas, and Tampa Bay - and then it's the All-Star break.

Fister is making his second start for Boston. He allowed three earned runs in six innings against the Angels last Sunday.

The Yankees lost last night, so the Red Sox are 1 GA. (Schadenfreude!)

1 comment:

allan said...

NESN sucks, but John Sterling is truly the worst.