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When the Red Sox go into extra innings, you expect a win as a fan. They have just been so good in extras. Last night though, that wasn’t the case. Last night was one of those nights you just get so frustrated at. I saw something on Twitter that made me laugh and it was something I could relate to. Last night was just dumb baseball.
Unlike Monday night, last night’s offense could not get going early and could not get Chris Sale any run support. It looked like the offense could come up big in the third when the bases were loaded for Xander Bogaerts with two outs. I think immediately, every Red Sox fan thinks of a grand slam, but all we needed was a base hit. However, that wasn’t the case and Bogaerts struck out swinging to end the inning and left three base runners on.
Chris Sale, for the most part, looked pretty solid. It would help if he had some run support. He looked a lot better than his last start, where many things looked off. Sale gave up one run in the fourth that wasn’t his fault really after a couple of errors. In the sixth inning, Sale gave up a few hits and there were a few weird defensive plays that lead to another Royals run.
The Red Sox offense finally got going in the sixth inning after Mitch Moreland hit a solo shot to tie up the game. Rafael Devers then hit a double. Jackie Bradley Jr. would come up next and drive Devers in to tie the game up.
In the seventh inning, the Red Sox offense got going again and was able to score a run to put them up by one after a couple of wild pitches.
Craig Kimbrel came in the top of the ninth with the chance to get the save. However, Royals centerfielder, Alex Gordon took Kimbrel deep to tie the game up.
Nothing happened until the twelfth inning when the Royals were able to score a run after a double, a bunt and a sacrifice fly.
The Red Sox came up in the bottom half of the twelfth needing to score one run to keep their hopes alive. Eduardo Nunez came up with one out and took one deep over the monster to tie the game.
This brought Brian Johnson out of the Red Sox bullpen to pitch the 13th. Johnson got one quick out then a pair of singles. This brought up Jorge Soler for the Royals. Soler took a curveball deep to give the Royals a three-run lead.
It looked like the game was over, but the Red Sox wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Red Sox bats were able to get some base runners on to try to make a comeback. With runners on first and second, JBJ hit an RBI grounder to bring the team within two runs. Christian Vazquez then came up and hit a single to cut the lead down to one run. Eduardo Nunez came up, but came up short and hit a fly-out to the wall in left-center.
The Red Sox will be back in action today at 1:05 PM ET in the series finale against the Royals. The struggling Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound for the Red Sox. He is hoping to get going and break out of his funk.