#RedSox Game Summary (August 1) Good Pitching Beats Good Hitting, and Vice-Versa – Yogi Berra

#RedSox Game Summary (August 1) Good pitching beats good hitting, and vice-versa (Yogi Berra). This was supposed to be an epic pitchers’ duel between two premier AL pitchers: Boston’s Chris Sale and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, who lasted just 1 2/3rds innings, but it turned into a slugfest. The Indians jumped all over Sale in the first inning, scoring 3 runs on 4 hits, including a double by Carlos Santana. They scored 2 more on a 2 run bomb by Brandon Guyer in the 2nd. Faced with a 5-0 deficit, the Sox bounced right back in the bottom of the 2nd, with a Xander Bogaerts double and a 2 run homer by Mitch Moreland. After a double by Christian Vazquez, a walk and a RBI Brock Holt single, a RBI double by Eduardo Núñez tied the score at 5, ending Carrasco’s day. In the 5th, José Ramírez doubled for the Indians, and Edwin Encarnación crushed a 2 run homer off Sale to untie the score. But the slugging Red Sox weren’t done yet. In the 6th, 3 hits, including a double by Mitch Moreland cut the Cleveland lead to 1, and after a HBP to load the bases, Eduardo Núñez doubled in 3 runs to put the Sox in a seemingly comfortable lead. Normally comfortable, but not in this game. Newly acquired ace reliever Addison Reed surrendered a home run to the first hitter he faced, Carlos Santana, cutting the Sox lead in half. In the 9th, the normally lights-out Craig Kimbrel gave up another homer to tie the game, and then with 2 out, gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. Then, stunningly, he threw a wild pitch to hand the lead back to Cleveland, 10-9. But the apparent curse on pitchers in this game also applied to Indians closer Cody Allen. He gave up a Baltimore chop single to Rafael Devers, and later, with 1 on and 2 out, threw a wild pitch that allowed Mitch Moreland to reach on strike three. This set the stage for Vazquez, with 2 on and 2 out, and he did not disappoint. Boom! Of course, a no-doubter to straightaway center field earned him a walk-off shower. Boston beat Cleveland, 12-10. Record: 59-49. Game 108/54. Back in first.

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