Mariners and Mike Leake shutdown Red Sox with 7-2 victory
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The Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-2 on Saturday night. With the win, the Mariners advance to 47-30 and the Red Sox consequently fall to 51-27. Eduardo Rodriguez was the starting pitcher for Boston while Mike Leake did the same for Seattle. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
After a 14-run barrage against the Mariners the previous night, the Sox’ offense was completely stifled by Mike Leake. In 8 innings of work, he allowed no runs, striking out five and walking just two. He induced a ton of weak contact off the bats of the Red Sox, which were without two of their best hitters in Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts.
For the Red Sox, Eduardo Rodriguez had his first poor start in what seems like a lifetime. In just four innings, he was tagged with 5 runs (4 earned) and gave up 7 hits. E-Rod is usually a high-strikeout pitcher but he only managed to pick up two strikeouts and allowed two walks on the night.
The scoring for Seattle kicked off by an RBI-double from Mitch Haniger in the top of the first, which put them ahead 1-0. That was the first of two RBI-doubles from Haniger, whose second RBI-double started a three-run 4th inning for his team. After the three-run 4th, the Mariners led 5-0 and subsequently put up a run on the board in the 6th and 7th inning.
Boston did put together a bit of a rally in the 9th, scoring two runs off touted closer Edwin Diaz. Alas, it was too little, too late.
Boston could only manage to collect six hits in the entire game. The lineup sorely missed Bogaerts and Betts’ presence, relying on a guy who was called up literally this morning (Tzu-Wei Lin) to lead-off. Moreover, Rafael Devers had to leave the blowout game in the 7th after fouling a ball off his leg. It was probably a precaution and the game was so out of reach they could afford to do so.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Seattle Mariners at 1:05 p.m. eastern tomorrow. Chris Sale, the Sox ace, will take the hill and Marco Gonzales will do the same for the Mariners. It will be the rubber game of the series.