September 17, 2019

G150: Giants 7, Red Sox 6 (15)

Giants  - 103 100 000 000 101 - 7 14  0
Red Sox - 010 013 000 000 100 - 6 14  1
Juan Centeno had drawn a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the thirteenth to tie the game at 6-6. Two innings later, he had a chance to tie things again (at 7-7) or, possibly, win the game. Boston had runners on first and second with one out and Centeno's flair to shallow center was sinking roughly where Rafael Devers's single had fallen a few minutes earlier. But this time, Kevin Pillar was able to dart in and make a diving, rolling catch. Brock Holt hit a line drive, but it was right at second baseman Mauricio Dubon for the third out.

The Red Sox erased three of the Giants' leads (1-0, 5-1, 6-5), but their luck eventually ran out. San Francisco used 13 pitchers, tying a major league record set by the Rockies in a 16-inning win over the Dodgers on September 15, 2015. In the thirteenth, the Giants had four pitchers pitch to four consecutive Red Sox batters.

Mike Yastrzemski homered off Nathan Eovaldi (4-7-5-3-6, 86) in the fourth inning, giving the Giants a 5-1 lead. Jackie Bradley led off the fifth with his 19th homer. In the sixth, Sam Travis pinch-hit for J.D. Martinez (who left with left groin tightness) and tripled to right. Travis was hit in the head by the throw to the bag and was replaced by Gorkys Hernández. Mitch Moreland and Christian Vázquez followed with back-to-back doubles with one out, cutting the Giants' lead to 5-4. Vazquez stole third as Bradley struck out and scored on a passed ball by Stephen Vogt.

The Red Sox wasted an opportunity in the seventh, when Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers both singled and were bunted to second and third, and old friend [sic] Fernando Abad came in from the SF bullpen. Holt was called out on strikes and Moreland grounded to short. Moreland then had a chance to win the game in the ninth, after G. Hernández singled and took second on a wild pitch and Holt was intentionally walked. But all Moreland could manage was a dribber in front of the plate and he was out catcher-to-first.

Matt Barnes walked two in the tenth, but stranded the runners, thanks to Marco Hernández's diving stop on Donovan Solano's grounder. Both teams hit into a double play in the twelfth. Pillar singled to start the thirteenth against Andrew Cashner. Brandon Crawford doubled to left, scoring the run, but he was also thrown out at third, 7-6-2-5. With one out in the bottom of the inning, M. Hernández singled off Sam Selman. Andrew Benintendi fouled off two pitches, then took four balls. Burch Smith came in and got ahead of Bogaerts 0-2, but X singled to right-center. Bases loaded.

Wandy Peralta was the next Giants pitcher and he struck out Devers. Giants (over)manager Bruce Bochy replaced Peralta with Kyle Barraclough (because why have all those pitchers put uniforms on if they aren't going to play?), and Centeno pinch-hit for G. Hernández. The first pitch was close, but a ball. The next two were in the dirt. After a gimme strike, ball four was wide. And the game was tied 6-6. On a 2-2 count, Holt swung at ball 3 and grounded harmlessly to third.

M-Yaz hit a ground-rule double to right to open the fourteenth against Brian Johnson. Brandon Belt flied to left and Even Longoria was walked intentionally. Vogt struck out and Trevor Kelley got Pillar on a ground ball to the mound. Sandy León singled with one out, but nothing happened.

Donovan Solano doubled to right in the fifteenth (also a ground-rule hit). Kelley wild-pitched him to third and he scored on Alex Dickerson's long fly to center. Dubon reached on Bogaerts's throwing error (Moreland could not scoop his low, half-assed throw) but M-Yaz popped out to third.

Dereck Rodríguez was in his second inning of work in the home half of the fifteenth. Benintendi grounded to third, but Bogaerts walked and Devers blooped a single to center. However, as mentioned, Centeno flied/popped to short center (ignore Gameday's misleading "lines out to...") and Holt smacked a 2-0 pitch right at Dubon.
Logan Webb / Nathan Eovaldi
Benintendi, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Devers, 3B
Martinez, DH
Holt, RF
Moreland, 1B
Vázquez, C
Bradley, CF
M. Hernández, 2B
Mookie Betts says an MRI shows inflammation in his left foot, but he hopes to play again this season. The Red Sox have 13 games remaining on the schedule.

The Giants' lineup features Mike Yastrzemski leading off and playing left field. Yastrzemski has started 40 games each in left and right (and one in center). Mike Yaz is 29, having been born one day after his grandfather Carl turned 51.

Dongtown: Six teams have set new single-season franchise home run records this year: Astros, Dodgers, Twins, Yankees, Padres, Cubs.

Michael Silverman (longtime Red Sox reporter for the Herald and the co-author of Pedro) is now at the Globe, where he will write about "the intersection of sports with business, politics, entertainment, technology and a few other spots".

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