ONE LAST RUN FOR A RED SOX LEGEND -
FROM SEASON CHAMPS TO PLAYOFF CHUMPS
A walk-off hit from Xander Bogaerts
wins it for Craig Kimbrel in the 10th

June 23, 2016 ... The Boston Red Sox called on Craig Kimbrel to shut things down. Pitching two full innings for the first time in more than five years, the Red Sox closer got out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the 10th, and Xander Bogaerts delivered the winning single in the bottom half to give Boston an 8-7 victory over Chicago.

Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel walked White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie to lead off the top of the 10th inning before giving up a single to Alex Avila and another walk to Avisail Garcia, things were looking grim at Fenway Park.

But Kimbrel didnít need a double play, as the right-hander took matters into his own hands and struck out the next two batters to preserve the 7-7 tie and set up Bogaerts' walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. In all, he allowed one hit and walked two while striking out three in two innings for his first American League win.

Kimbrel wasnít the only Red Sox reliever faced with a bases-loaded, no-out situation Thursday. Right-hander Heath Hembree got himself into an identical jam in the eighth inning but like Kimbrel, kept Chicago off the scoreboard.

CRAIG KIMBREL

In the bottom half, Matt Purke walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.

Mookie Betts, Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who improved to 11-15 in their last 26 games. The Sox leadoff hitter reached safely seven times in 10 innings. David Ortiz walked three times and led off the ninth with a double that one-hopped the short wall behind the Pesky Pole. Travis Shaw was walked on four pitches, but Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out, Ramirez lined out and Sandy Leon struck out to end the inning.

Kimbrel, who came on to start the ninth, walked Brett Lawrie and gave up a single to Alex Avila. He walked another one before he retired the next three batters to protect the tie.

The White Sox led 4-1 before Boston scored four in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Then Junichi Tazawa relieved Tommy Layne with two men on in the seventh and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Abreu over the Green Monster, that made it 7-5.

The Red Sox tied it to send it into extra innings, loading the bases in the seventh before pinch-hitter Shaw launched a long sacrifice fly. Bradley popped up a bunt, and Ramirez struck out to end the inning. In the eighth, Marco Hernandez hit his first career double and scored on Pedroia's single to tie it 7-7.

 

 

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

2

0

0

1

0

1

3

0

0

0

 

7

15

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

1

4

1

1

0

1

 

8

12

1

 

 

W-Craig Kimbrel (1-3)
L-Matt Purke (0-1)
Attendance - 37,790

2B-Cabrera (Chi), Pedroia (Bost),
Hernandez (Bost), Ortiz (Bost)

HR-Abreu (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 6 2 2 .290  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 4 1 2 .309  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 6 0 2 .351  

 

David Ortiz dh 2 1 1 .340  

 

Deven Marrero pr/dh 0 0 0 .143  

 

Chris Young lf 1 0 1 .277  

 

Ryan LaMarre pr/lf 1 1 0 .000  

 

Travis Shaw ph/lf 0 0 0 .275  

 

Jackie Bradley Jr cf 3 1 0 .302  

 

Hanley Ramirez 1b 5 1 2 .266  

 

Christian Vazquez c 2 0 0 .218  

 

Sandy Leon ph/c 3 0 1 .524  

 

Marco Hernandez 3b 4 1 1 .231  

 

    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Rick Porcello 5.1 8 4 1 2  

 

Tommy Layne 1 3 2 0 0  

 

Junichi Tazawa 0.2 1 1 0 0  

 

Heath Hembree 1 2 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 2 1 0 2 3  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2016 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

41 30 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

40

32

1 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

40 34 2 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees

35 36 6

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

31 39 9 1/2