Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sox 'Walk On The Wild Side', Triumph Over Empire, 5-4

(AP Photo)
Lou Reed would have been proud. It was looking like a really tough loss to the Evil Empire. Blowing a 3-1 lead, Drew Pomeranz gave up three runs in the fifth inning to give the lead back to New York. Then, the Yankee bullpen shut down the Red Sox until—the ninth. Supposedly unbeatable closer Aroldis Chapman then entered and gave up: two infield hits, a double steal, an error, an intentional walk and a real walk with the bases loaded. Poof! Two Carmine Hose runs and a thrilling, 5-4 victory (shared with the world via MLB Network). After falling behind early, Hanley Ramirez continued to show that he can hit lefties by launching a 2-run HR to give Boston the lead. Other hitting stars included: Mookie Betts (2-5, R), Dustin Pedroia (2-4, BB, R, RBI) and Xander Bogaerts (2-5, R, RBI). The loss dropped The Bronx Embalmers into third place in the AL East. Boston now leads second-place Tampa by 3.5 games.