Sunday, April 15, 2018

Polar Vortex Grips Fenway As Red Sox Win Another One, 3-1 Over The Orioles

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Six other games were postponed in Major League baseball today—but the Red Sox owners decided to subject their loyal fans to the coldest conditions at Fenway in fifteen years. Not since April 17, 2003 has it been this frigid at Fenway—34 degrees, snow showers and a wind chill in the low 20s. Quite simply, this game should never had been played—even if the apparently guilt-ridden team owners offered free hot chocolate late in the contest. But, in the end, the greed of the NOG prevailed—and so did the Red Sox, 3-1. The game—such as it was in these conditions—was sloppy, turgid and low-scoring until Boston broke through with two un-earned runs in the sixth inning. Chris Sale was run out to pitch in these ridiculous conditions and lasted just five innings—still giving up just one earned run and striking out eight. The offensive firepower (10 total hits) came mainly from: Andrew Benintendi (3-4, RBI); Mitch Moreland (3-4, run scored) and Tzu-Wei Lin (2-4, RBI, now hitting .500). Heath Hembree pitched two innings for the win and Craig Kimbrel got his 5th save. Once again, shame on the NOG for letting kids and families (let alone freezing adults like us) sit through this icebox at Fenway.