Boston Red Sox Walk-off Behind Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Who Almost Had A Chance To Win It In The 9th Inning As Well
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia almost hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with the veteran sharply lining into the top portion of the green monster. Pedroia came within feet of ending the game in regulation, but Dustin was not deterred and ended up walking off a bit later.
In the bottom of the 11th inning Pablo Sandoval got things going with a single, Deven Marrero came in as a pinch runner and was then moved over to 2nd base behind a Sandy Leon sacrifice bunt. Mookie Betts was then walked with Betts being 4-for-5 at the time. With runners on first and second and 1 out, Pedroia had another opportunity at being the hero.
With an 0-2 count on Pedroia, John Farrell had the Red Sox run a hit-and-run play with a speedy Marerro standing on second base. Pedroia being one of the best two-strike hitters was up for the challenge and took a Casey Fien pitch and hit it throw a hole in the right side of the infield scoring Marerro and winning the game 6-5 in 11 innings for the Boston Red Sox.
The starter for Boston in this affair was the troubled Rick Porcello who ended up going 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 10 hits. While Porcello went 6 innings and only gave his overworked bullpen only 3 innings of work, the extra inning affair ended up giving the Red Sox bullpen 5 innings to deal with.
In 5 innings of work the Red Sox bullpen as a whole only gave up 4 hits and 0 runs with Farrell using Joe Kelly, Robby Scott, and Craig Kimbrel all for one inning. In the 10th and 11th innings Farrell called upon Matt Barnes to work 2 innings in relief and the righty worked around 3 hits in his outing and struck out 5 of the 6 batters he got out.
Offensively Boston as a unit had 15 hits against the Philadelphia Phillies with both Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez hitting home runs. Betts was clearly feeling it though going 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and a walk.
Boston is back in action for the 2nd game of interleague play at Fenway with a projected pitching matchup of David Price (1-1 5.29 ERA) and Ben Lively (1-1 2.57 ERA). After that Boston will head to Philly for the second half of a home and home with that starting on Wednesday night and finishing on Thursday with the Red Sox then heading to Texas to play Houston in a weekend series.