Monday, August 14, 2017

Rookie-Pa-Looza Sends Sox To 3-2 Extras Win In Bronx

(AP Photo)
If you hold aside the obvious contributions of Chris Sale (7 innings, 1 earned run) and Craig Kimbrel (1.1 innings, no hits, no runs, 2 Ks), you have to say "'twas the rookies that killed the beast" (with apologies to Carl Denham). In the ninth inning, down 2-1, rookie Rafael Devers turned around a 102.8-MPH fastball from Aroldis Chapman and muscled it into the seats to tie the game. Then, in the tenth, rookie (technically) Andrew Benintendi roped a sharp single to right scoring the eventual winning run in a thrilling 3-2 victory over The Bronx Embalmers. The other crucial RBI was delivered on a clutch single by Jackie Bradley, Jr. The win propelled The Carmine Hose to a 5.5 game edge over The Evil Ones in the AL East. Bask in it!