#RedSox Game Summary (May 16) Lucky Bounces

#RedSox Game Summary (May 16) Lucky bounces. The ball dropped in ways that favored the Red Sox in this one, and, along with three Cardinal errors, helped their margin of victory. Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo home run off St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, which is always a nice way to start. In the 2nd inning, Jackie Bradley, Jr. contributed his own singular dinger to give Boston a 2-0 edge. The Cards got all that back and more in the 3rd when Dexter Fowler, with 2 on, doubled in a run. 2 more scored on sac flies, to make it 3-2. In the 5th, JBJ walked and Deven Marrero reached when St. Louis 3rd baseman Jed Gyorko muffed a routine play. Eduardo Rodriguez hit into a force play (yup, pitchers bat in the National League), moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Mookie Betts drove in one run with a fielder’s choice, and Dustin Pedroia drove in another with a single. It was the 8th inning that saw all the real fun. It started when Xander Bogaerts singled, and then misread Cardinal reliever Brett Cecil, heading for 2nd before Cecil had delivered the ball to the plate. So, Cecil threw to first baseman Matt Carpenter, and they seemed to have Bogaerts dead to rights. But Xander just kept on flying to 2nd, so Carpenter threw to 2nd baseman Kolton Wong for what looked like a sure out. Not so sure, as it turns out, because, in the words of Jerry Remy, Bogaerts “swam under the tag”. After a New York review, he was declared safe. Cecil walked the next two batters to load the bases, and Xander scored on a sac fly. Then in another bizarre play, left fielder Tommy Pham muffed a towering popup, which he dropped in fair territory, allowing another run. Eduardo Rodriguez had another fine start, and although he struggled in the 3rd inning, he fought his way through it, finishing with 3 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings, walking 2 and whiffing 5. Craig Kimbrel was, once again, almost frighteningly efficient in closing out for the save. Boston beat St. Louis, 6-3, in interleague play at Busch Stadium. Record: 20-18. Game 38/124.

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