#RedSox Game Summary (July 29) Last Men Standing

#RedSox Game Summary (July 29) Last men standing. This was a messy game from start to finish, with a lead going back and forth; never safe. But in the end, the Red Sox persevered, winning in the 10th. The Sox committed 3 errors in the game, but they also benefitted from one error and 3 wild pitches by the Royals. KC’s Salvador Perez and Boston’s Christian Vazquez each had a passed ball. Eduardo Rodriguez struggled (I refuse to say “scuffled”) in this game, getting in and out of trouble in each of the first 3 innings, then getting into trouble he couldn’t escape in the 4th. Over just 4 innings, he threw 107 pitches. In the 4th, singles by our old friend Brandon Moss, Alex Gordon, and Whit Merrifield led to Kansas City’s first run, and a 3 run jack by Lorenzo Cain gave the Royals a 4-2 lead. His homer just barely cleared the right field fence right at the Pesky pole for the shortest home run on record since Statcast was first used, at 302 feet. That was it for Eduardo. The Sox had gotten an early lead off KC starter Trevor Cahill in the 2nd when Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled, and scored on a Vazquez triple. Then, in the 3rd, newly arrived Eduardo Núñez ingratiated himself to the Fenway faithful with a solo bomb to left. After slipping behind in the 4th, the Sox came back with 2 of their own to tie the game when Mitch Moreland walked and scored on a Vazquez double, and Rafael Devers drove in Vazquez with a single. In the 5th, Núñez homered again; whereas the first dinger was a “Fenway home run” over lip of the Monster (it would have been a fly out in most other parks), the second was a no doubter. After that, Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts both singled, and Mitch Moreland drove in the 6th Boston run with a single. With a 6-4 lead in the 6th, the game seemed in hand. It wasn’t. Blaine Boyer relieved Fernando Abad in the 6th with 2 on, and gave up RBI singles to Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio, and a walk to Lorenzo Cain. Out went Boyer, and on came Robby Scott. But a throwing error by Núñez and a sac fly by Salvador Pérez plated 2 more runs for the Royals, and Boston was in an 8-6 hole. The Sox kept chipping away, however, with single runs in the 7th and 8th on singles and sacrifices. Craig Kimbrel shut down the Royals in the 9th, but despite getting 2 on base (one on a wild pitch and one on a walk), the Sox could not score in the bottom of the 9th, so we went to extras. Finally, in the 10th, Sandy León doubled, reached 2nd on a wild pitch by Royals reliever Mike Minor, and scored on a fielder’s choice with a mad serpentine slide around KC catcher Drew Butera’s attempted tag. A win is a win. Boston beat Kansas City, 9-8 in 10 innings, at Fenway Park. Record: 57-48. Game 105/57.

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