Friday, July 24, 2015

BogaSaurus Rex: Xander Walks-Off Tigers, 2-1

(AP Photo)
The Red Sox have had three walk-off wins in 2015—and Xander Bogaerts have delivered two of them. Bogie slashed a single up the middle that plated Mookie Betts (owner of the other 2015 Sox walk-off) for a thrilling 11-inning 2-1 win. Betts got into scoring position via a perfect sacrifice bunt by Brock Holt. The victory ends an eight-game win drought—longest of the season for Boston. The red-hot Red Sox shortstop was 3-5 on the night, raising his average to .310. Rick Porcello pitched perhaps his best game of the year—going seven strong innings and giving up just one earned run. The Boston bullpen—for once—got four shutout innings from Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Justin Masterson (who got the win). Holt knocked in the first Red Sox run way back in the 3rd inning—a characteristic 2-out RBI for the BrockStar. All in all, a good (and long overdue) win.