Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rick Porcello And Red Sox Smite The Empire, 5-3

(AP Photo)
Rick Porcello is still undefeated at Fenway Park in 2016. The righty got his 15th overall win (and the 100th of his career) in what turned out to be a nail-biter of a 5-3 win. The nail-biting came thanks to another cardiac ninth inning performance by closer Craig Kimbrel—who gave up a run on four walks before being lifted. For his part, Porcello went eight solid innings—giving up just two runs and striking out six. The offense was largely provided by Dustin Pedroia and Andrew "Yaz" Benintendi. The Muddy Chicken went 2-4 with 3 RBIs on patented opposite field swings. Benintendi thought he had his first career HR, but the New York City-based arbiters decided it was on the wrong side of the yellow line in CF. The kid ended up 3-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Not bad with his family cheering him on in the stands. Matt Barnes ended things with his first career save—striking out the last Embalmer with the bases juiced.