Recaps

Red Sox Fail to Break Franchise Record for Wins in 5-4 Extra Innings Loss

After tying the game in the 8th, the Red Sox lost to the Indians after Drew Pomeranz let up the winning run in the 11th inning.

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There was no franchise history made in Cleveland tonight. The Red Sox “fell” to 105-50 after a hard fought extra innings loss.

Rick Porcello started the game for the Sox and he didn’t have his best stuff. He let up 4 runs (3 earned)  on 8 hits in 5 innings. Porcello actually walked more men (2) than he struck out (1), which is extremely rare for a guy who is known for throwing a ton of strikes.

The bullpen, however, kept the Red Sox in the game. After a scoreless inning from Robby Scott, Brian Johnson came in and threw 3 incredibly important hitless innings out of the pen. However, he did allow 4 walks and he got into some trouble in the 10th inning.

Joe Kelly came in with runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out. He struck out Josh Donaldson and Yonder Alonso before getting Yandy Diaz to ground out to keep the game tied at 4.

Drew Pomeranz came out for the 11th inning, but he didn’t even record an out. He let up back to back singles to Yan Gomes and Greg Allen. Then, after a double steal and an intentional walk, Michael Brantley hit a walk-off single off of Pomeranz to give the Indians their 86th win of the season.

On the offensive side, there were quite a few good performances. Rafael Devers and Blake Swihart hit solo home runs off of Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger in the 3rd and 4th innings, respectively.

Then in the top of the 8th inning, Andrew Benintendi tied the game with a clutch 2 out, 2 run single off of reliever Brad Hand. The hit scored Tzu-Wei Lin and Jackie Bradley Jr., who got on with a wall-ball double.

The Sox were shut down in the extra frames by Tyler Olson, who picked up his 2nd win of the season. Pomeranz fell to 2-6 with the loss.

The Red Sox will look to win the series tomorrow behind Hector Velazquez, who is searching for his 8th win. With one more win, the Sox will establish a new franchise record for wins in a season, adding another accomplishment to their amazing 2018 campaign.

 

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