Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Marco Hernández Walk-Off Single In Ninth Lifts Boston Over Pale Hose, 6-5

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It was looking like yet another bleak Fenway loss to a Quadruple A ballclub. The Red Sox seemed to be trailing in Monday night's contest at every turn—2-0, 2-1, 3-2, 5-3, 5-4. Then, after tying the game at five in the eighth, it was Marco Hernández (who had come in as a pinch-runner earlier) that delivered the ninth-inning walk-off hit in the eventual 6-5 Boston win. The Red Sox scored single runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th to gain the win. Eduardo Rodriguez went six forgettable innings—giving up five earned runs (including two rocket home runs). But the tortoise-like offense came back with a "slow and steady" response, paced by solo HRs by Jackie Bradley, Jr. (#8) and Mookie Betts (#13). Also contributing on the offensive side were: Andrew Benintendi (2 doubles, R), Eduardo Nunez (2-4, 2 RBI), Michael Chavis (1-3, RBI) and Xander Bogaerts (2-4). The much-maligned (and deservedly so) bullpen delivered 2.2 scoreless innings. The win kept the Red Sox eight games behind The Evil Ones in the AL East.