Boston Red Sox Walk Off With Leon Stumbling Home
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-8 at Fenway Park on Saturday night. The game ended in the bottom of the 10th inning with Sandy Leon stumbling his way home with a wonky slide to score the games winning run.
In a game with a real lack of pitching, the Red Sox were able to battle back and show a real backbone that they haven’t really shown this season.
Newcomer Eduardo Nunez had a career type of game with two home runs on a 3-for-6 night while also being the batter whose 6-3 ground out plated Leon to win the game.
.@EduardoNunez15 is making fast friends with the Green Monster.
HR No. 1: https://t.co/zDGhEpZgf2
— MLB (@MLB) July 30, 2017
Eduardo Rodriguez got the start for Boston going 4 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 7 base hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Behind E-Rod, John Farrell used Fernando Abad, Blaine Boyer, Robby Scott, Heath Hembree, Craig Kimbrel, and Matt Barnes.
Collectively as a pitching staff, the Red Sox gave up 8 runs, 6 of them earned, on 10 base hits, 5 walks, and 11 strikeouts. The relievers to give up runs were Abad and Boyer.
Boston’s offense plated 9 runs on 13 base hits with 8 RBIs awarded. Other than Nunez, Christian Vasquez had a big night with a 3-for-4 game with a triple, double, and 2 RBIs. Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts all had RBIs of their own on Saturday as well.
— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) July 30, 2017
With the win, the Boston Red Sox stay within a half a game of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East. Boston is back in action on Sunday with the series finale against the Royals taking place at 1:35 with Drew Pomeranz on the mound.