Mookie Betts’ 9th-inning heroics lift Red Sox out of funk
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Through the first four innings, the narrative of the Red Sox’ 2019 season looked much of the same on Wednesday night. Boston trailed 3-0 with Nathan Eovaldi surrendering another starter homer. With three runs in the 9th, the Red Sox managed to get a much-needed win in comeback style. The Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-3.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. This isn’t to say Mookie Betts isn’t good. In fact, he is much better than “good.” But on Wednesday his go-ahead 9th inning double was quite fortunate. He rolled a groundball to the third base side, and it looked like Matt Chapman had a play on it. That is, of course, until the ball hit the third-base bag. It ricocheted into the gulf that is the A’s foul territory, scoring two runners. Andrew Benintendi followed that with a triple and, hence, how Boston got to six runs.
Nathan Eovaldi did not pitch as poorly as he did in his 2019 debut. With that said, there was still a lot left to be desired. In five innings, he allowed three runs accompanied by an unsavory 3:4 K:BB ratio. It was a passable start that allowed the lifeless Boston bats to resurrect.
The 9th inning surge will get most of the fanfare, but the middle innings were important. Boston’s bats got going after a Blake Swihart solo-homer to straightaway center. It was a birthday blast for the newly 27-year-old. He had three hits in the game.
In the next inning, Mitch Moreland provided the Sox with an idiosyncratic two-RBI double to knot the game at three.