Yesterday once again the Red Sox found themselves in a tie game with the Seattle Mariners. Over the course of the weekend series, Boston was 1-2 versus Seattle and looking to get out of the Mariners’ hometown with a split. But they had done poorly in one run games previously, losing both in the series 1-0 and 2-1 with their only win being a 5-zip score. So there they were once again yesterday, tied going into the ninth 1-1.
Pedroia Comes Through
In the top of the 8th, Dustin Pedroia came up and popped a solo homerun. He did it against Seattle starter Jason Vargas who had been cruising through the game. It was Pedroia’s first homer since May 11th. But it was enough to prolong the game and give the Red Sox a chance at a split.
9th Inning Woes
In their two prior loses, the Red Sox had not been able to do anything in their top of the 9th and the same was true yesterday. Seattle got into a spot in the bottom where they had a run in scoring position, but they could not convert. That sent the game into extra innings.
Baseball Basics Win
The top of the 10th saw Ryan Kalish, who was pinch-hitting for Brent Lillibridge, knock a one-out double off the right-center field wall. That was against relief man off Brandon League. Pedroia was next and he stroked a single to right. That put runners on the corner.
Now it was baseball basic. Big Papi came up to face lefty specialist Lucas Luetge and got the count to 2-0. He hit a SAC fly to deep left, which scored Kalish, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. After that, there was a scoreless bottom of the 10th and the Red Sox, whose bats had gone silent during the series, secured the split.
Oakland Ain’t That Bad
Hopefully, Boston will start hitting in Oakland. Overall, Red Sox pitching was good in Seattle. It’s true that yesterday starter Doubront had a tough time with BBs, as he walked five in 4.5 innings. But relief did well.
Big Papi still needs #400. Matsuzaka (2-2) gets the start for the Red Sox. He started pitching last month and as usual has proven to be an adventure. Oakland can’t hit but they can pitch. After this series, the Yankees come into Fenway for a four-game series. Then it’s the All-Star break. It would be great to get to the break just two or so games out of first.
How bad will the heat be in Boston when the Yanks are in town? Heat always makes a NY series extra spicy (like jalapeno fries and Tabasco). We’re primed for those red clam chowder eaters! But first, it’s Oakland .