Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sale Gem, JBJ Game-Saving Catch, Benny Game-Winning HR, Sox At .500

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After Chris Sale delivered his best performance of 2019 (8 innings, 14 Ks, 3 H, 0 BB), it appeared that the Red Sox would lose the game anyway. Tied at one in the bottom of the 11th inning, Ryan Brasier allowed an 0-2 pitched to be headed over the center-field fence at Camden Yards. Except that offensively-struggling Jackie Bradley, Jr. was manning that position for Boston. JBJ ran to the wall, timed his jump, scaled the wall, and pulled back a sure game-winning home-run. Oriole Trey Mancini tipped his batting helmet in tribute to the game's best defensive outfielder. Next inning, Andrew Benintendi sent a pitch deep into the right-field seats to put Boston ahead to stay—in the eventual 2-1 victory. Earlier, Mookie Betts had gone yard as well. The win finally pulled Boston to the .500 mark on the year (19-19) and gave them a stellar 5-2 mark on the road trip. Once again, the bullpen was bullet-proof—delivering four scoreless innings. The Red Sox return home to start an eight-game homestand against Seattle, Colorado and Houston.