Thursday, August 17, 2017

Baby Comeback! Mookie And Sox Walk-Off In 9th, 5-4

(AP Photo)
Apparently, we were wrong. Mookie Betts did not need a few nights off. The Red Sox star right-fielder went 3-4—driving in three runs in the 5-4 comeback thriller. Of course, the two biggest RBIs came with two outs in the 9th with a 3-2 count and runners on first and second. Betts went down and got a breaking ball (the type he has uncharacteristically whiffed on recently) and rocketed a drive off The Monster to plate the winning runs. Trailing 4-0 early, Boston clawed back into the game with two runs in the third inning—on infield hits and a sacrifice fly. They did need a HR in this one, however—as Xander Bogaerts made it a one-run contest with a lead-off  blast in the 9th. It was the ninth comeback win of the year for The Carmine Hose—and helped pick-up Eduardo Rodriguez in a forgettable start. The lefty went 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits (although he did regain his footing by striking out six). Jackie Bradley, Jr. (who scored the winning run) also made a spectacular assist at home plate on a single with a runner at third. Amazing. The win kept Boston 4.5 games up on The Bronx Embalmers.