Thankfully, the pitching kept the team in this one
Talk about a boring game. For ten innings, there wasn’t much offense for either team. Finally, in the eleventh inning the Red Sox offense was able to get something going to score some runs. The pitching for the Red Sox was great in this game. It is concerning that the offense hasn’t been able to provide their pitchers with any support.
Steven Wright has been phenomenal lately. It seems like once he gets in a groove, no one can touch him. He has earned a spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. With last night’s performance, Wright has now thrown 22.2 scoreless innings straight. That’s pretty impressive.
Wright started off strong last night and never really got in big trouble. It seems that if Wright does get in some trouble, he finds a way to get out of it.
The offense for both teams was pretty pathetic in this one. Neither team could get anything going. Both teams has their chances to score, but couldn’t execute.
The bottom of the seventh was where Wright got in some trouble. Wright started the inning getting two quick outs. He then hit a batter, allowed a bunt and then walked a batter to load the bases. Alex Cora opted to bring in Joe Kelly. Kelly is really good at getting out of jams and that is exactly what he did.
The next few innings went by pretty quickly without anything happening. Kelly stayed in for a couple more innings until Brian Johnson came into the game. After Johnson, Brandon Workman came in. Workman has been great out of the bullpen so far this season.
It looked like the Red Sox were going to score a run after loading the bases up for Mitch Moreland with two outs. Moreland worked the count to 3-0, but then struck out.
Heath Hembree then came in in the bottom of the eleventh. He did his job and got out of the inning without allowing any damage.
Xander Bogaerts started the twelfth inning off with a single. Rafael Devers then doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Eduardo Nunez then got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brock Holt then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score one run. Jackie Bradley Jr. then hit another sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
Craig Kimbrel was called upon for the bottom half of the twelfth with a save opportunity. He struck three batters out to end the game and get the win.
The Red Sox will be back in action tonight. Eduardo Rodriguez will be on the mound for the team. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET.