Boston Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two

The Boston Red Sox played a baseball game on Saturday that lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes with 512 pitches thrown. Unfortunately for them, the New York Yankees snagged the victory with a 3-run top of the 16th inning.

Boston had ace Chris Sale on the mound who had a spectacular performance. Sale went 7.2 innings giving up just 3 base hits while striking out 13 Yankee batters. Despite the stellar start, Boston lost the game 4-1.

Sale after the game stated that the past two games against the Yankees have been something special for him and the team.

“The last two games here have probably been the funnest two games I’ve ever been a part of. The energy in the ballpark, the fans have really come alive. As players we appreciate that. We feel that, we hear them. So yeah, it’s hard not to get hyped up when you’re playing a division rival in a packed house going crazy”

When Sale came out in the eighth inning to give the ball to Craig Kimbrel, he had all the confidence in the world in the Sox closer.

“Having him back there is huge. He’s one of the best in the game if not the best in the game. As a competitor, I want to stay out there. I want to finish the inning. But it makes it a little easier when you’re passing the ball to someone like him.”

Craig Kimbrel though did not live up to his success he has had this season.

Kimbrel went up 1.1 innings but was given his 3rd blown save of the year by giving up a game tying home run to Matt Holliday in the top of the ninth inning. With a double header on Sunday, this was not what either team needed.

Behind Kimbrel, John Farrell ended up using almost his entire bullpen with an addition of Doug Fister.

Heath Hembree, Robby Scott, Blaine Boyer, and Brandon Workman all pitched one hitless inning apiece. The Red Sox reliever that broke up the 4-no-hit innings was Fernando Abad who went .1 innings giving up a base hit and a walk.

Fister came in having been asked to throw out of the bullpen with Matt Barnes unavailable due to too two innings of work on Friday night. First went 2.2 innings giving up 4 base hits and 3 earned runs in what could have been his last appearance with Boston.

Offensively Boston was a train wreck. They recorded 8 base hits over the course of 16 innings of baseball with the only Boston run plated coming in the third inning of the game. That only run also failed to impress. Mitch Moreland drove in Bostons run with a sacrifice fly.

Technically the game was played under protest by Boston.

Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after a non-call in the 11th.

Matt Holliday led off with a walk and Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday ran back towards first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts‘ throw arrived.

Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.

After the game, the Crew Chief, Gary Cederstrom, had an interesting exchange with an AP reporter about the incident.

What was the ruling on the play in the 11th inning on the Holiday play?

“He was out at second and Ellsbury safe at first.”

What was the argument about?

“Whether Holliday should be called out for interference or not.”

When you go to the replay, what is it that for?

“That is to do with the rules check. That isn’t to look at the play. That is a rule check. John wanted to protest it”

Rules check was you can’t review, it?

“No, the rules of interference. He wanted him called out for interference running the bases and we told him, No we can’t.

In your judgment, you didn’t see any sort of interference?

“No, It’s under protest so the rest of it you’re going to have to get from the office.”

With interference though you need to confirm that Holliday had an intent to interfere with the play. But upon further review, it looks like he got caught napping at first base. It looks like he thought he was getting picked off and ran back to first not knowing Ellsbury had hit the ball.

While that excuse is poor and makes him look bad as a player, it may actually be the case.

Off the field, the Boston Red Sox were able to properly Vietnam Veterans and their families with about 1300 veterans and their families present at the ballpark.

Next up is a Sunday double header with a 1 p.m. game and an 8 p.m. game. Game 1 is Rick Porcello vs CC Sabathia and Game 2 is David Price against Masahiro Tanaka.

Red Sox lose a game that took the length of two
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