A TEAM THAT COULDN'T
GET THE JOB DONE ...

The Sox slip past the Cards in the 13th

May 17, 2017 ...  By the time the game finally ended, only a security guard was remaining in the visitors bullpen in left field at Busch Stadium. Every Red Sox reliever had been used, and every one of them pitched well. The Sox got seven scoreless innings out of the bullpen to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, in 13 innings.

It was left to rookie Ben Taylor to finish the game and the 24-year-old came through, striking out Magneuris Sierra with a runner on for his first career save.

The winning run came on a pinch-hit single by Chris Young with two outs in the 13th. Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs off Sam Tuivailala, his pop-up down the line in left landing inside the foul line and bouncing into the stands. The Cardinals intentionally walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to get to the pitcher's spot. Young came out of the dugout and knocked the second pitch he saw into center field.

The Sox used Craig Kimbrel against the top of the St. Louis order in the ninth inning and he retired three batters on 13 pitches.

With Josh Rutledge on second and two outs in the top of the 10th, the Cardinals intentionally walked Xander Bogaerts to get to slumping Andrew Benintendi. The rookie saw six pitches and hit the ball hard on the ground to the left side. Jedd Gyorko made a diving stop and threw Benintendi out to save a run.

Heath Hembree worked a scoreless inning before Fernando Abad came on for the 11th inning. The lefthander got through two innings, throwing 32 pitches. He was the winner.

The Cardinals went to work on Red Sox starter Rick Porcello in the first inning when Dexter Fowler led off with a home run that cleared the home bullpen in right field and landed several rows deep in the stands.

St. Louis sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning and scored three runs. Yadier Molina started it with a double to left field. Aledmys Diaz followed with a bunt that seemed intended as a sacrifice. First baseman Moreland looked to third base and when he turned back it was too late to get Diaz. The misplay wasn't an error but it certainly hurt the Sox. Sierra followed with an RBI single and Kolten Wong with a run-scoring double. Porcello walked Fowler to load the bases and Sierra scored on a groundball to second base. Porcello walked Matt Carpenter to load the bases again before Gyorko grounded to third base. It was a 25-pitch inning for Porcello.

Porcello was steady from there. He allowed hits in each of the next four innings but kept the Cardinals from scoring while controlling his pitch count to save the bullpen. He went six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts. His earned run average climbed to 4.23.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake, who looks like a somehow scrawnier version of Clay Buchholz, went seven innings and allowed two runs. He struck out five without a walk.

The Sox put at least one runner on base in every inning but the fourth, but Leake was able to make pitches when needed.

Bogaerts tripled to right center with two outs in the first inning before Leake struck out Benintendi on four pitches. Bradley singled with one out in the second inning and never advanced. Mookie Betts singled with one out in the third and advanced on a wild pitch. But Dustin Pedroia grounded out and Bogaerts had a fly ball to right field. Sandy Leon led off the fifth inning with a single but Deven Marrero grounded into a double play. Betts's leadoff single in the sixth inning was wasted.

Moreland led off the seventh inning with an infield single and took third on a throwing error by Diaz, the shortstop. Bradley then launched a first-pitch sinker to straightway center field for his fourth home run. The ball landed just below the top of the batter's eye, 441 feet away. Bradley has three home runs in his last seven games and is steadily emerging from what was a long slump.

Facing Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth inning, Pedroia drew a walk with one out. Bogaerts's second triple, almost to the same spot, scored Pedroia. Benintendi's fly ball down the line in left was deep enough to score Bogaerts and the game was tied.

 

 

at Busch Stadium (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

5

11

0

STL CARDINALS

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

12

2

W-Fernando Abad (1-0)
S-Ben Taylor (1)
L-Sam Tuivailala (2-1)
A
ttendance 44,365

2B-Moreland (Bost), Molina (StL), Wong (StL), Leake (StL)
3B-Bogaerts (2)(Bost)
HR-Bradley (Bost), Fowler (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts rf 6 0 2 .295  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 0 .274  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 1 2 .338  

 

Adrw Benintendi lf 5 0 0 .280  

 

Mitch Moreland 1b 6 2 2 .252  

 

Jackie Bradley cf 5 1 2 .212  

 

Sandy Leon c 5 0 1 .238  

 

Fernando Abad p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Chris Young ph 1 0 1 .256  

 

Ben Taylor p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Deven Marrero 3b 4 0 0 .174  

 

Craig Kimbrel p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Heath Hembree p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Chrstan Vazquez c 2 0 0 .333  

 

Rick Porcello p 2 0 0 .000  

 

Hanley Ramirez ph 1 0 0 .252  

 

Robbie Ross p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Matt Barnes p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Joe Kelly p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Robby Scott p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Josh Rutledge 3b 1 0 1 .303  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Rick Porcello 6 9 4 3 6  

 

Robbie Ross 0.2 2 0 0 0  

 

Matt Barnes 0.1 0 0 0 0  

 

Joe Kelly 0.2 1 0 0 1  

 

Robby Scott 0.1 0 0 0 1  

 

Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 1  

 

Heath Hembree 1 0 0 0 0  

 

Fernando Abad 2 0 0 1 1  
  Ben Taylor 1 0 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2017 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 24 13 -

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 23 15 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

21 18 4

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 21 22 6

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 17 24 9