Saturday, August 4, 2018

'21-Skidoo'—Porcello Sets Down 21 Evil Ones In A Row, One-Hits Empire, 4-1

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Rick Porcello pretty much has The Empire's number. Prior to tonight, he'd held them to an ERA under 2.00 at Fenway. Then, after giving up a solo HR on Friday, he retired twenty-one Pinstriped Posers in a row in a complete-game 4-1 win over New York. The one-hitter was the shortest Red Sox-Yankee game in 24 years at 2 hours and 15 minutes. Porcello needed just 86 pitches to gain his 14th win of 2018. Ironically, things started off poorly for the former Cy Young winner—as he plunked the game's lead-off hitter on an 0-2 count. After Mookie Betts was floored by the head-hunting Yankee starter the next inning, both benches were "warned"—leading to Alex Cora's first ejection as a manager. Boston responded to the near-beaning of their MVP candidate by putting up three quick runs—highlighted by (who else?) Steve Pearce's fourth HR in two days. The only downside was the 10-day disabling of newcomer Ian Kinsler—who left the game after scoring the fourth Red Sox run. Betts was moved to second base (his position in the minor leagues) for the balance of the game. The win pushes Boston's lead in the AL East to 7.5 games.