By: Greg Keenan
In a make-up game against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, one of the best offenses in the American League struck again in a nail-biting 3-4 victory, to pick up their starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez. The 24 year-old southpaw allowed three runs and two earned runs on four hits in just 5 ⅓ innings pitched.
When someone puts up those numbers in a game, and gets eight strikeouts, it’s usually a pretty good outing. However, when one of the four hits is a two-run moonshot by Andrew McCutchen, and you add four walks into those 5 ⅓ innings, it kind of puts a damper on the night. Not to mention letting Gregory Polonco score on an error.
Chad Kuhl, the starting pitcher or Pittsburgh, had an exceptional afternoon, allowing just one run on five hits in 6 ⅓ innings of work. Despite his efforts, the Red Sox were able to rally in the eighth inning against Pirate relievers Daniel Hudson and Juan Nicasio, ignited by Dustin Pedroia’s two out walk. The walk was followed by Andrew Benintendi reaching on a fielding error, a walk issued to Mookie Betts, and a two-run double to center by Hanley Ramirez, respectively. After some Drama involving Mookie Betts being out at home plate, Xander Bogaerts, who is off to a slow start in 2017, gave the Sox the lead with a base hit the other way.
The next half-inning, Craig Kimbrel was able to retire the side and record the one-run save. The 9th inning also included Christian Vazquez throwing out Adam Frazier trying to swipe second base, redeeming himself for an earlier error that resulted in a run.
Mitch Moreland also stays hot in his first year in a Red Sox uniform, hitting yet another double, setting a new franchise record for most consecutive games with at least one double. The Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Fenway Park, at 7:10 PM ET, when Cy Young Award winner RHP Rick Porcello will take the mound for Boston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage, and you can also follow me on twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Thanks for reading!