The Red Sox come away with their fifth straight win in extra innings against the Marlins
Man, was this game frustrating or what? There were several times that I was yelling at my TV because of something stupid the guys did. *Cough cough* baserunning! Well, a win is a win and I’m glad that the team could get away with a win tonight.
Chris Sale had a pretty good outing tonight only allowing one run. His command seemed a little off tonight, but nothing to worry about. His pitch count got pretty high fairly early, so he didn’t go as long as he probably wanted to. The Red Sox ace deserved to come away with the victory tonight, but the offense couldn’t give him any support. Sale went five innings tonight with six strikeouts.
The offense could not seem to get going tonight. I am hoping that the team can pick it up once we get back to Fenway Thursday. The Red Sox hitters came through when it mattered the most tonight, so I guess that is all that matters.
The scoring started for the team in the first inning after Andrew Benintendi drew a walk. Benintendi then stole second. J.D. Martinez came up to bat and hit a single driving in Benintendi. This put the Sox up 1-0. After the first inning, it took the team awhile to score again.
The scoring for the Marlins began in the fourth inning after Sale allowed a single to start the inning. Justin Bour came up after and hit a fly ball. It looked like a ball that a typical outfielder would get, but J.D. Martinez just made a horrible play on it. The Marlins were able to score on this play to tie up the game.
Nothing much happened until the ninth. Joe Kelly came out to try to prevent the Marlins from hitting a walk off. He walked a batter in the inning, but was able to get out of the inning still tied 1-1.
Neither team scored in the tenth inning. Craig Kimbrel came out of the bullpen to pitch in the tenth and got in a little trouble early, but was able to escape the jam. In the eleventh inning, Mookie Betts came up to bat as a pinch-hitter and drove a ball to deep center field. The ball could have gone over but, Marlins centerfielder, Lewis Brinson, was able to make a leaping grab to rob the home run from Betts. The next at-bat, Eduardo Nunez hit a double down the left field line. The struggling Andrew Benintendi came up to the plate next and hit a ball in between first and second to score Nunez. This put the Sox up 1 heading into the bottom half of the eleventh.
Matt Barnes was called upon to try and get the save. After getting two outs, Barnes fell apart. After walking two batters, he allowed Cameron Maybin to hit a double to deep left field. This scored one run and looked like one more, as well. Fortunately, Andrew Benintendi was able to track the ball down and cut the winning run down at the plate.
Again, neither team scored in the twelfth inning. In the thirteenth, Betts lead off the inning with a single. Eduardo Nunez came up to bat and was able to move Betts over to second with a ground ball. Benintendi was then intentionally walked which then brought up Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez smacked a double to left field which scored two runs.
Heath Hembree came back out with the chance to earn the save and was able to execute and give the Red Sox their fifth straight win.
Hopefully, the Red Sox will use their day off tomorrow to their advantage. David Price is set to start in the home opener on Thursday against the Rays. I think it is safe to say that I am not the only Red Sox fan that is ready to get back to Fenway Park.
Final Score: Red Sox 4, Rays 2