#RedSox Game Summary (April 9)

#RedSox Game Summary (April 9) When your opponent gives you a gift, try not to give it back. In the second inning, a Marco Hernandez throwing error resulted in a Detroit run in what promised to be another close game. But the Tigers eventually returned the favor with a throwing error by Justin Upton that gave two Sox runners each an extra base, and a base running mistake by Miguel Cabrera, who was out by a mile trying to steal 2nd. It wasn’t all blunders, though, there was some solid hitting on both sides. Rick Porcello had a fairly solid start going, until the 7th, when he gave up a solo bomb to Nicholas Castellanos, followed by a Cabrera single. He was probably just left in too long, having thrown 102 pitches to that point. Matt Barnes, recently restored to the roster, finished the 7th and 8th without further damage. Meanwhile, Boston struggled against Detroit starter Daniel Norris, scratching out 3 runs over 7 innings, but put the pedal to the metal when the bullpen came on. Detroit starter walked Mookie Betts (welcome back, Mookie!) and allowed a single to Chris Young, then intentionally walked the red hot Mitch Moreland to load the bases. On came Kyle Ryan who promptly walked in the tying run. A single and double play later, and the Sox had a 7-4 lead. Despite Norris’s general effectiveness, he did surrender doubles to Sandy Leon, Moreland, and Steve Selky (who was in for Jackie Bradley, Jr., out with a sore knee). In addition to the Castellanos homer, the Tigers got doubles from Andrew Romine and Alex Avila. Boston closer Craig Kimbrel looked pretty shaky in the 9th, walking the first two hitters, and surrendering a RBI single to our old friend, Victor Martinez. After that, he seemed to get it together, striking out the side. Boston beat Detroit, 7-5, at Comerica Park. Record: 3-2. Game: 5/167.

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