Friday, August 31, 2018

Confident Carmine Hose Comeback Late, Pummel Pale Hose, 9-4, Lead Is 8.5

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Down 4-0 in the seventh inning, these 2018 Red Sox showed no panic (unlike some of us fans). Last night, Boston staged their second straight "off-the-mat" seventh-inning comeback—tallying four runs in the frame to knot the score at four. A one-out walk by Brock Holt started the surge—and was followed by two hits, a sac fly and a 373-foot two-run HR by Mookie Betts (his 29th of the year). Then, in the ninth inning, five more runs were delivered by Boston's potent line-up. The key blows in this frame were: a go-ahead Jackie Bradley, Jr. single and a mammoth (414-foot) "oppo" three-run HR by J.D. Martinez (his 39th of the year). The only downside in the eventual 9-4 win was more lackluster starting pitching—as Rick Porcello delivered a 'not-so-pretty' line of five innings and four earned runs. The win—coupled with a blown-save loss in the Bronx—pushed Boston's lead in the American League East back up to 8.5 games.