CHRIS YOUNG

ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS

The Sox get a win in extra innings

June 7, 2016 ... Down by a run after six innings, the Red Sox tied the game then beat the Giants, 5-3, in 10 innings before a boisterous crowd of 41,512 that made it feel like this was more than just a random interleague game in June.

The Sox scored two runs in the 10th against San Francisco closer Santiago Casilla (1-1), who was pitching his second inning. In his first major league at-bat of the season, backup catcher Sandy Leon led off with a double to right field. Pinch hitter Marco Hernandez intended to bunt, but walked on four pitches. Then Mookie Betts did bunt and it was perfect, right down the third base line for a single that loaded the bases. Dustin Pedroia swung at the first pitch he saw and grounded to third. The Giants got Leon at the plate. It could have been a double play, but catcher Trevor Brown did not risk a throw to first. Xander Bogaerts was next and he dropped a soft single into center field. Hernandez scored and Betts, who read the ball perfectly, was right behind him.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 13th save. Junichi Tazawa (1-1) was the winner. Four Red Sox relievers combined on four scoreless innings.

San Francisco righthander Albert Suarez, who was making his second major league start, retired the first five Red Sox batters before Bradley and Young had back-to-back doubles in the second inning.

The Sox went up, 2-0, in the third inning. Betts doubled to left field with one out and took third on a groundout. Bogaerts followed with a groundball into the shortstop hole. Brandon Crawford made a strong throw, but a run scored when Bogaerts dove into first base.

Suarez allowed only one other hit, a single by Christian Vazquez in the fifth inning. He came out of the game with a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning after walking Bradley with one out. With George Kontos in to face Young, Bradley stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Trevor Brown. Young then drew a walk.

The next pitcher out of the bullpen was lefthander Javier Lopez. The Red Sox countered with David Ortiz as a pinch hitter. Ortiz swung at the first pitch and grounded to Crawford, who was playing on the right side of the infield in a shift. Crawford tried to tag Young and throw to first for a double play, but Young flopped to avoid the tag. Bradley scored.

Suarez was charged with three runs, two earned, on five hits.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, four by strikeout. The exception was a home run by Jarrett Parker in the third inning. The fourth inning was a rough one for Porcello. The Giants loaded the bases on singles by Joe Panik, Matt Duffy, and Brandon Belt. Porcello then walked Crawford on five pitches -- four of them fastballs -- to force in the tying run. Duffy scored when Gregor Blanco grounded into a double play. Porcello completed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He had only the one walk and struck out six.

Robbie Ross Jr. pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Sox. Koji Uehara followed with a scoreless inning. Sox relievers retired 12 of the 14 batters they faced.

 

at AT&T Park (San Francisco) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

 

5

9

0

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

7

1

W-Junichi Tazawa (1-1)
S-Craig Kimbrel (14)
L-Santiago Casilla (1-1)
A
ttendance 22,735

2B-Bradley Jr (Bost), Young (Bost), Betts (Bost), Leon (Bost)
HR-Parker (SF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 5 2 2 .287  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 1 .313  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 0 2 .346  

 

Travis Shaw 3b 5 0 0 .277  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 4 0 0 .277  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 4 2 1 .321  

 

Chris Young lf 3 0 1 .296  

 

Christian Vazquez c 2 0 1 .222  

 

David Ortiz ph 1 0 0 .338  

 

Sandy Leon c 1 0 1 1.00  

 

Rick Porcello p 2 0 0 .200  

 

Josh Rutledge ph 1 0 0 .295  

 

Robbie Ross p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Koji Uehara p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Junichi Tazawa p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Marco Hernandez ph 0 1 0 .235  

 

Craig Kimbrel p 0 0 0 .000  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Rick Porcello 6 5 3 1 6  
  Robbie Ross 1 0 0 0 1  
  Koji Uehara 1 1 0 0 2  

 

Junichi Tazawa 1 0 0 0 1  
  Craig Kimbrel 1 1 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 34 23 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 34 24 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 31 29 4 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 28 30 6 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 26 31 8