Red Sox Take Down Cubs
It was a cold night at Fenway [Sunday] but don’t tell that to Hanley Ramirez. He started out of the gate with a hot bat. In his very first at bat of the game, against the Cubs, he crushed a fastball out over the Green Monster. His two run shot kept the team in it all game. It was one of the single defining moments of the game. As the innings to come looked like a Pitcher’s duel, with the Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound.
E-Rod pitched well striking out the side in the 3rd Inning and having a mini strike out streak of 5 Ks in a row in the 4th Inning. The Cubs were stranding runners all game. They left two on base in scoring position in the 4th, they just couldn’t score on E-Rod. The only blemish on E-Rod’s performance was a solo Home Run that he gave up to Kris Bryant in the 5th. E-Rod left the game at the end of the 6th with 9 Ks and a score of [2-1]. He deserved the win.
It was now the Red Sox game to lose as Joe Kelly came to the mound in the 7th. And boy did it become a close call. Joe Kelly gave up two walks and ended up throwing a Wild Pitch to [Catcher] Christian Vasquez, which led to two stolen bases and a scored Run at Home Plate for the Cubs. Joe Kelly left the game tied at [2-2] after pitching just 2/3rds of an Inning.
In the 8th Inning the Red Sox really rallied back; as they got on base and scored on a Wild Pitch of their own. With a [3-2] lead and the bases loaded Mitch Moreland came up to bat. He hit an RBI grounder, that scored another Run, making it [4-2]. Dustin Pedroia came up next and reached on an error at first base, scoring two more Runs making it [6-2]. Craig Kimbrel came in to close it out in the 9th and the Red Sox came away with the win and took the series 2-1 against the World Series Champions.