JBJ’s game-saving catch propels Red Sox to .500
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The Boston Red Sox are .500 for the first time in 2019. It took about a month and a half but, at 19-19, the team is finally at an even record. With a 2-1 extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles, Boston took the series and the game. While JBJ went 0-4 at the plate, his outfield heroics made the victory possible.
In the bottom 11th with no runners on base, Trey Mancini hit a bullet to left-center field. It seemed like an inevitable walk-off homer, but Jackie Bradley Jr. climb the wall with haste and caught the ball. Watch it below.
An absolutely ridiculous catch made to look practically routine. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is at the apex of his craft. pic.twitter.com/SR3IrDjYC1
— Austin J. Eich (@Eich_AJ) May 9, 2019
Ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous, Chris Sale compiled his best start of 2019 without question. In eight innings, Sale allowed just one run while punching out 14 (!) and walking zero (!). He also pitched an immaculate inning in the 7th.
This game was filled with thrilling moments, despite a fairly sluggish offensive showing. Andrew Benintendi‘s go-ahead solo homer in the 12th lost flare because of JBJ’s catch, yet it was pivotal. Mookie Betts also continued his dominance at Camden Yards with a solo-homer in the 3rd inning.
Heath Hembree, the much maligned reliever, recorded his first career save. Moreover, he did it in style with three strikeouts against three batters. Say what you will, but his 3.63 ERA this season is solid.
The Boston Red Sox enjoy an off-day Thursday, but head back home to Boston to play the Seattle Mariners. Seattle, of course, is the team the Red Sox started this Jekyll and Hyde season against. The Red Sox will seek revenge, handing the ball to Eduardo Rodriguez to start the three-game series.