July 27, 2020

G4: Mets 7, Red Sox 4

Mets    - 022 300 000 - 7 11  0
Red Sox - 000 101 020 - 4  8  2
The Mets had already taken an early 2-0 lead when they battered reliever Jeffrey Springs for five more runs in 1.1 innings, including home runs from Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith. The Red Sox have lost three in a row, and are now 1-3.

Boston got solo homers from Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts. Zack Godley (4-4-0-0-7, 53) was a bright spot, pitching four shutout innings and striking out seven.

Josh Osich (2-2-2-1-1, 28) had an interesting first inning. Amed Rosario beat out a grounder to second and José Peraza was charged with an error. With one out, Jeff McNeil lined a low shot that caromed off Rafael Devers's glove towards second base. Boagerts chased it down, but was too far in front of the bag to make a play on Rosario, who noticed no one at third base and took off. Bogaerts sprinted after him, closed the gap, and then dove, tagging Rosario's left foot before he got to the base. Third base umpire Chad Witson blew the call, ruling Rosario safe. (The umpire at second, Mike Estabrook, should have had a clear view of the tag, but he apparently kept quiet.) The Red Sox challenged the call and it was quickly overturned. Osich then picked McNeil off first (the play went 1-3-6).

Watching live, it looked like Bogaerts might have tagged Rosario. Seeing the replay, there was no doubt. Whether Bogaerts's glove touched Rosario's body was impossible to tell, but his glove pushed Rosario's left foot. That was obvious. Yet none of the three NESN announcers (Dave O'Brien, Jerry Remy, or Dennis Eckersley) could definitely state if a tag had been made. Eckersley said the replay was "not conclusive" and Remy, after seeing it two or three times, admitted he still could not tell.

How is this possible? These guys are watching the game from somewhere not Fenway Park - just like you and I. They are following the game on monitors - just like you and I. Why is it that I can tell immediately, before the first replay has finished, that Bogaerts pushed Rosario's left shoe with his glove, and three announcers, whose job it is to watch and discern and interpret what is going on, have zero clue what happened, even after seeing three replays?

My TV is nothing special and I need new glasses (the lenses are somewhat scratched)! But three announcers x three replays equals nine viewings - and nothing! Are O'Brien, Remy, and Eckersley under strict orders not to contradict the umpires' on-field calls? (From whom? Manfred's office?) It seems unlikely, but I honestly can think of no other answer.

Osich allowed a two-run dong to Michael Confort in the second. Alonso crushed a two-run shot off Springs in the third, after Rosario's one-out single. Springs also gave up a double, a walk, and a three-run johnson to Smith to start the third.
Michael Wacha / Josh Osich
Benintendi, LF
Martinez, DH
Devers, 3B
Bogaerts, SS
Moreland, 1B
Vázquez, C
Verdugo, RF
Bradley, CF
Peraza, 2B
Josh Osich is the Red Sox's first "opener" of the season.

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