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.