Red Sox Closer Kimbrel Continues to Closeout Close Games
It was a summery night [Tuesday] at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals were playing well. They kept the game against the Red Sox close with 3 lead changes. The bats were luke warm but in the end it all came down to pitching. Red Sox Starter Eduardo Rodriguez was pitching. He had a good night on the mound, striking out 5 as he pitched into the 6th. He gave up only 3 Runs, an RBI Double, a Fly Ball, and a Sac Fly. All of which happened in the bottom of the 3rd Inning. He had the Red Sox bats to help him out, for the win, though. He also had Ace Closer Craig Kimbrel to close the game out for him.
In the 1st, right out of the gate Mookie Betts went deep. It was his 7th Home Run of the Season and it tied the Sox record of most Home Runs by a lead off batter at 10, tying Jacoby Ellsbury. Jackie Bradly Jr. went yard with a solo pop in the 2nd Inning making it [2-0]. St. Louis took the lead in the 3rd making it a [3-2] ballgame. In the 5th Betts tied it with an infield grounder [3-3]. Dustin Pedroia then hit a line drive RBI Single, giving the Sox the lead at [4-3]. They would keep that lead and tac on a few more Runs in the 8th making it [6-3].
Robby Scott pitched well and Heath Hembree pitched well as they made it to the 9th Inning. Craig Kimbrel came in and went to work. He got the first two batters to Fly Out. He was throwing heat as the Radar Gun read 99 MPH. He struck out the 3rd batter that he faced with high heat. This guy just pitches at an incredible velocity. He had the game won and recorded his 12th Save of the year. He was just dialed into the Strike Zone as he has been all Season long. His streak of 22 punch outs continues. E-Rod got the win as the Red Sox pitching was top notch [6-3].