It is going to be the summer of Hanley Ramirez in 2018 and I am perfectly okay with that. The Red Sox were able to walk it off in today’s home opener in extra innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. They put on quite the show for the Fenway Faithful today. The team struggled with the same things they’ve been struggling with so far this season, but they were able to get the win.
The offense was really struggling today, just like it has so far this season. I really thought that they were going to get the bats going today, even with the temperature in Boston.
J.D. Martinez had a pretty good first at-bat as a Red Sox at Fenway. He lead off in the second inning and hit a triple that was aided by the wind in Boston. He was left stranded on the bases though which seemed the case most of the game for the team.
David Price was great today. In his first two starts, David Price has pitched 14 innings, has a 0.00 ERA, 0 HR, 0.571 WHIP, 10 Ks, 3 BB. That is a pretty impressive start to the season. Tampa Bay couldn’t get anything going against Price. The Red Sox lefty was never really in a jam during his start today. He finished the game pitching 7 scoreless innings and allowing only 3 hits.
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Carson Smith came out of the bullpen to replace Price and he didn’t look good at all. In the eighth inning, he gave up a two-run bomb to Matt Duffy. The Red Sox went into the bottom half of the 8th down 2-0.
The Red Sox did nothing in the eighth inning, so they had to rely on their bullpen to prevent more runs. Hector Velazquez came out for the ninth inning which was very confusing to me at first considering he had been scheduled to start Sunday. Then, I had that Eduardo Rodriguez would be back to start Sunday, so it was a pretty smart move on Cora’s part. Velazquez sat the Rays down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
The Red Sox had three outs to score 2 runs to tie the game up. Mookie Betts hit a single to start the inning off. Andrew Benintendi drew a walk the next at-bat. This brought up Hanley Ramirez. Hanley hit a single to center field to score Betts to cut the deficit to 1 run. J.D. Martinez came up to bat next. It looked like maybe J.D. could be the hero in his first game in Boston. Instead, he hit into a double play. This brought up Xander Bogaerts to try to tie the game. He converted and hit a ball off the Green Monster to tie the game up. The Red Sox offense couldn’t get any more runs, so they went to extras.
There were a couple situations in extra innings that looked like maybe runs were going to be scored, but neither team could score until the Red Sox did in the bottom of the twelfth. The bottom half of the twelfth started off with Jackie Bradley Jr. ripping a double to right-center field. Christian Vazquez then bunted Bradley over to third. Betts came up next and was intentionally walked. This brought up Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Hanley then came up big for the Sox. He hit a ball to the warning track in right to score the winning run.
This was a really good game to start the season off at Fenway. I am hoping there are plenty of walk-offs this season, and hopefully we will see plenty of these finishes. The Red Sox have the day off tomorrow and will be back in action Saturday at 1:05 PM ET against the Rays again.
Final Score: Red Sox 3, Rays 2