Xander Bogaerts ties up the game in the 9th inning
and then wallops a 10th inning walkoff grandslam

ON THIS DATE (July 14, 2018) ... It was quite the day at Fenway if you like being taken on a rollercoaster of emotions. It started off mostly positive despite a lack of offense, because Eduardo Rodriguez was cruising. Then, things took a turn way downhill when the lefty sprained his ankle, forcing him to leave prematurely. Then, Joe Kelly would cough up the lead an inning later and things looked bleak. Not with this Red Sox team, though. Xander Bogaerts kicked off a ninth-inning rally to tie it, then he capped off the victory with a walk-off grand slam.

With the Sox down, 2 to 1, Brandon Workman tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, Boston had a chance to at least tie the game against Blue Jays closer Tyler Clippard. Bogaerts did his part by leading off the inning with a double into the left field corner. Jackie Bradley Jr. then kept it going with a double to right field, and the game was tied with a runner in scoring position and still nobody out. Eduardo Núñez, Blake Swihart and Sandy León went down with a strikeout, a fly out and a ground out to send this game to extras.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Betts once again got on base, this time thanks to an error on what should have been a routine ground ball to shortstop. That brought Holt up in another double play situation, but this time the Red Sox put on a hit-and-run and it worked perfectly. Holt poked one through the left side, putting runners on the corners with one out. Martinez was then intentionally walked, loading the bases for Bogaerts. He just needed a deep fly ball, and he hit one of those and then some. The shortstop sent one way out to center field for a walk-off grand slam, capping off a wild day at Fenway.

 

 

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W-Craig Kimbrel (2-1)
L-Chris Rowley (0-1)
Attendance - 36,390

 2B-Bogaerts (Bost), Bradley Jr (Bost), Smith (Tor)

 HR-Martinez (Bost), Bogaerts (Bost)