Red Sox Game Summary (April 7) Panda pops, the bullpen drops

#RedSox Game Summary (April 7) Panda pops, the bullpen drops. Our expectations for this game were pretty low, given that David Price, whose spot in the rotation would normally have been today, is still on the DL nursing a muscle strain, and 3 Red Sox are out with the flu: Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts (who was also on bereavement leave). This was almost like watching 3 different games. The first was a tight pitchers’ duel between Detroit starter Michael Fulmer and Boston’s Steven Wright. That one lasted for 6.5 innings, with the Tigers getting the upper hand due to a quick score in the first on a single, walk, and sac fly. In the 6th, Tiger Nicholas Castellanos tripled and scored on a Victor Martinez single for Detroit’s second run. The second logical game started in the bottom of the 7th, when Wright seemed to lose his edge, and gave up a 2 run bomb to James McCann. Ben Taylor came on to close out the inning, but the Sox were now in a 0-4 hole. This second “game”, though, turned into a slugfest in the 8th as a walk, a hit, and a Chris Young double produced Boston’s first run, then Jackie Bradley, Jr. drove in the second. To cap it off, Pablo Sandoval hit a 3 run jack to put Boston on top, 5-4. What made this all the sweeter is that he did it off “K-Rod”; Francisco Rodriguez. So, Boston “won” the second logical game. Alas, that lead would not last, as the bullpen could not hold on. In the bottom of the 8th, after 2 quick strikeouts, Heath Hembree walked 2, and Robby Scott surrendered a RBI double to Mikie Mahtook to tie the score. Then, Joe Kelly walked 2 more, including the winning run. Ouch! The Sox threatened in the 9th, thanks to a 2 out double by Mitch Moreland, but did not score. Panda, in addition to his homer, also doubled in the game, going 2-for-4, which is certainly good news on an otherwise bleak day for Sox fans. Detroit beat Boston, 6-5, at Comerica Park. Record: 2-1. Game: 3/159.

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