Blake Swihart’s walk-off double lifts Red Sox past Phillies
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Monday night with a walk-off ground-rule double. With the victory, Boston advances to 75-33 on the season while the Phillies drop to 58-48 with the loss. David Price took the ball for the Red Sox and Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola did the same for his club. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Blake Swihart was the hero in this one, blasting a sharp line-drive, ground-rule double over the right field fence in the bottom 13th. Eduardo Nunez was on second after swiping a bag the previous at-bat to setup the game winner.
It was a pitcher’s duel all the way to the end, as both Price and Nola brought their top stuff to the table. Price pitched a gem with eight innings of one earned run baseball. The southpaw picked up five strikeouts and issued just one walk as well.
Meanwhile, the bullpen came through clutch, allowing zero earned runs between the 9th and 13th inning. Tyler Thornburg, Ryan Brasier, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly and Hector Velazquez were the five to pitch a respective scoreless frame.
On offense, the Red Sox had a bit of a weird game. The team’s 1-5 hitters, which are their big mashers, combined to go 0-24 in the game. Meanwhile, their 6-9 hitters posted a crisp 7-19 in the game, accounting for all of the Red Sox’ hits.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m. eastern on Tuesday. Drew Pomeranz will be the Red Sox starter while Jake Arrieta will get the ball for the Phillies. It will be the final of a two-game set.