Boston Red Sox Walk-off Again, This Time Behind The Bat Of Rookie Left Fielder Andrew Benintendi
Another game, another 4 hour plus baseball game. For back-to-back games the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies went into extra innings. The first game it was a Dustin Pedroia base hit that won the game, the second time game on Tuesday when in the bottom of the 12th inning rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi smoked a ball to the outfield to end the game at 4-3 in favor of Boston.
David Price got the start in his first home game of the year and his outing can be described as acceptable. Price went 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, but Prices inability to locate the strike zone was reminiscent of his rehab starts for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Price walked 4 Phillies batters while striking out 6. Price threw 103 pitches, 63 of them for strikes. Price gets a no-decision.
Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell once again had to call on the bullpen for a good portion of the game. Boston’s bullpen was called upon to pitch 6 innings in relief and in those innings they allowed 0 runs on eight hits. Robby Scott, Blaine Boyer, Craig Kimbrel, Heath Hembree, and Fernando Abad where the relievers John Farrell called upon. Abad got the call to pitch two innings in the 11th and 12th and threw 37 pitches and earned the win.
On offense Boston slow and it didn’t help that Mookie Betts went 0-6 and Hanley Ramirez went 0-4. The Red Sox had 6 batters record two or more hits with Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi both snagging 3 hits in the win including Benintendi’s walk off smoker.
Mitch Moreland had the lone Red Sox home run by hitting his 9th home run of the year in the 3rd inning off of Phillies starter Blake Lively.
Tuesday night was supposed to be a getaway day but the game ending just shy of midnight does not help in the fact that Boston and Philly are both heading to Citizens Bank Park for the second half of the series which starts on Wednesday night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m with Brian Johnson getting the start against Jeremy Hellickson.