#RedSox Game Summary (July 15) Prize Fight

#RedSox Game Summary (July 15) Prize fight. This game consumed everything both the Yankees and Red Sox had to offer, and in the end, the Bombers ended up on top. Chris Sale pitched a masterpiece, going 7 2/3rds scoreless innings while giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks, and striking out 13. For his efforts, he got a no-decision, as did his initial opponent, Yankee starter Luis Severino, who went 7 innings and gave up the only Boston run. It came in the 3rd inning, when he walked Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia, then loaded the bases with an infield single to Xander Bogaerts. Mitch Moreland drove in Betts with a sac fly. As the game wore on, it looked like the Sox were going to eke out a 1-0 victory, especially after, with 118 pitches under his belt and 2 out in the 8th, Chris Sale came out in favor of the estimable Craig Kimbrel. But Kimbrel surrendered a solo home run to Matt Holliday in the top of the 9th, and we knew we would have to settle in for an epic battle. There was controversy in the 11th, when Holliday walked, and then when Mitch Moreland fielded a high chopper off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury, threw to 2nd to force out Holliday, and the X-Man, who took the throw, lasered it back to 1st. But Holliday, apparently thinking Moreland had touched 1st, or else that he caught the ball on the fly, turned and ran back to 1st, blocking out Moreland as he went to field Xander’s throw, which allowed Ellsbury to reach safely. John Farrell argued that this was runner interference, so the umpires checked the rules with New York, and ruled against the Sox. This was a blunder, in my view. Holliday was forced out, and his presence on the field was illegal. Arguably, the throw could have gotten Ellsbury. It should have been a double play be reason of runner interference. Farrell played the rest of the game under protest, though this probably won’t result in anything. As the game wore on, both teams had their chances, but could not score, and exhausted their bullpens in the process. Finally, Farrell resorted to using Doug Fister, even though he is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Clearly weary in his 3rd inning of work, Fister allowed a double to Ellsbury in the 16th, followed by a pair of singles to give the Yanks the go-ahead run. Austin Romine hit another single to drive in the 3rd New York run, and after a sac bunt and intentional walk to load the bases, a sac fly by Gary Sánchez provided the final Yankee score. The Sox went quietly in the bottom of the 16th, ending this 5 hour and 50 minute marathon. New York beat Boston, 4-1 in 16 innings, at Fenway Park. Record: 51-40. Game 91/71.

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