Saturday, May 31, 2014

Red Sox Walk-Off Rays 3-2 After Near-Brawl

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)
As your intrepid FenwayNation correspondent walked up the ramp to enter Fenway, multiple fans were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over a park-wide rainbow stretching from left to right. That natural wonder brought some luck to The Carmine Hosewho topped their new PunkBoy rivals (the Tampa Bay Rays) 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday night. Despite pitching brilliantly, David Price decided to plunk David Ortiz in the back in their first meeting of 2014. In their last meeting of 2013 (the ALDS), Big Papi took Price deep twice. Both benches were "warned" by the rookie umpiring crew—resulting in the ejection of manager John Farrell for arguing that Price should have been run. Later, Price plunked Mike Carp, and a near brawl ensued— but Price was still not ejected. This did lead to the ejection of Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Brian Butterfield was also ejected—along with Sox starter Brandon Workman (who missed hitting Evan Longoria). And, another Sox player (Jonny Gomes) was hit—but no Tampa ejections! As Farrell said, "When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that's a hard one to figure out." After trailing 2-0, Boston clawed its way into a tie against the tough lefty. Then, in the 10th, A.J. Pierzynski (who has had multiple big hits lately) tripled in Gomes with the game-winner. Said Papi, ''If you're mad because I take you deep twice....I've got almost 500 homers in this league. It's part of the game, son." Price retorted, "That's not something I'm trying to do. I had six lefties in the lineup today. I've got to be able to throw my fastball in."  By the way, Xander Bogaerts got three more hits. Wild. Wooly. Rivalry.