#RedSox Game Summary (May 3) Umpire Interference

#RedSox Game Summary (May 3) Umpire interference. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook had an inordinate influence on the outcome of this game, although that may have been partly involuntary. In the 2nd inning, Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman tossed a lazy ol’ curveball that drifted a little too far inside and hit Xander Bogaerts. To the shock of just about everyone, Holbrook immediately ejected Gausman, even though it was apparent to just about everyone that the HB was unintentional. Apparently, Commissioner Rob Manfred, upset about the ongoing tit-for-tat between the O’s and Sox that began with Manny Machado’s late, high slide that resulted in four unsuccessful attempts by Red Sox pitchers to hit Machado (Eduardo Rodgriguez twice, Matt Barnes, and David Price), and the one successful Baltimore attempt (when Dylan Bundy hit Mookie Betts on May 1), said “enough is enough”. The next pitcher that hits a batter gets ejected. Period. Seem arbitrary to me, and given the outcome, definitely stacked the cards in Boston’s favor. Later, in the 5th, when Holbrook gave an ambiguous strike call to Adam Jones, the hitter became miffed and, after striking out, issued an obscenity-laced tirade that earned him an early trip to the showers. So, the O’s lost the their starting pitcher and one of their best hitters. OK. Good luck, guys. This should in no way blemish Drew Pomeranz’s start, which was quite good, though he only lasted 5 1/3rd innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 7 Ks. Both runs came in the 6th inning when Mark Trumbo walked and, with 1 out, Jonathan School hit a ground-rule double. After a sac fly and single off Heath Hembree, both runners scored. For the Sox, in the 2nd, after Bogaerts was hit, he moved to third on a force at 2nd, and scored on a a Josh Rutledge single. The big Boston inning was the 4th, when an error and single contributed to Chris Young’s 2 run double, followed by a fielder’s choice. Dustin Pedroia’s sac fly scored the 4th Boston run. Craig Kimbrel was, once again, lights out. Boston beat Baltimore, 4-2, at Fenway Park. Record: 15-12. Game 27/135.

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