Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Red Sox Find The "Wright Stuff" In Rotation, Squeak By O's In Extras, 2-0

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He has become Tim Wakefield Lite. Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright continued his epic return last night—going 6.2 scoreless innings in the eventual 2-0 Boston win. Wright gave up just four hits, while striking out five and lowering his ERA to 1.21. It took twelve innings for the Red Sox offense to finally kick-in as Xander Bogaerts led off the frame with a single, followed by a Rafael Devers double. After a HBP, Brock Holt (on his 30th birthday) broke the ice with a sacrifice fly—and then Jackie Bradley, Jr. followed with another sac fly plating the second run. Not exactly Murders' Row. Andrew Benintendi kept up his solid streak—getting on base four times with two hits and two walks. The bullpen delivered 5.1 shutout innings—with Craig Kimbrel nailing down his 21st save. Boston moved into a first-place tie with the idle Evil Ones in the American League East.