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It should be a surprise to all of us that on June 12th of this 2019 season, the Red Sox were trying to avoid being below .500. Well, unfortunately we have found ourselves in this situation, and the threat of being below .500 became very real when the Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. All baserunners in that inning reached with two outs. Elvis Andrus hit a single on an 0-2 pitch, Nomar Mazara hit a first-pitch, ground-rule double, and Hunter Pence drove both in on a 3-2 fastball. But, fortunately for the Red Sox, Rick Porcello cruised for the rest of the game. He retired the next 15 batters, and 18 of his last 20, not allowing a run after that inning.
The Red Sox Offense Rides Benintendi’s Wave
I don’t know if Andrew Benintendi wanted to stick it to the umpires or was just seeing the ball well (likely the latter), but he was able to put the Red Sox offense on his shoulders. In fact, he either scored or drove in the first three runs that the Red Sox scored. It started in the first inning when Benintendi took a cutter inside out down the left field line for a double. He was eventually driven in by Rafael Devers on a “ground ball with eyes” up the middle. Then in the third, Benintendi drove in Jackie Bradley Jr. from first with two outs on a triple. And in the fifth, the left fielder drove in Michael Chavis from first with two outs on a double, making it 3-2, Red Sox. Lance Lynn just could not figure him out.
The Bullpen Blows It Again, But Not Really
Porcello came out after 6.2 innings, giving the ball to Brandon Workman. Workman finished the 7th inning without a problem, but ran into some trouble in the 8th. He hit Shin-Soo Choo with one out, and then, on a Delino DeShields bunt, Christian Vazquez committed a throwing error that put runners on second and third. Then, Elvis Andrus hit a deep fly ball that drove in a run, tying the game 3-3. But, Workman was able to get through the inning without allowing another run.
The Red Sox Snap Chavez’s Scoreless Streak For The Win
The Red Sox got two men on in the eighth, but did not scratch one across in that inning. Then, Matt Barnes struck out two in a scoreless top of the ninth. The Red Sox would next have to face Jesse Chavez in the bottom of the ninth. Chavez was the owner of a 23.1-inning scoreless streak entering the inning. Christian Vazquez took no thought to that, as he led the inning off with a ground-rule double. Next, the ever-emerging Jackie Bradley Jr. placed a single into right field, but it was not enough to score pinch-runner, Marco Hernandez. These two hits seemed to have led to lack of confidence from the streaking Jesse Chavez, as he walked a cold Michael Chavis on four pitches. And to conclude the game, Chavez walked reigning AL MVP, Mookie Betts, with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run. Red Sox win, 4-3, on a walk-off walk!