#Red Sox Game Summary (August 18) A Game in Three Acts

#RedSox Game Summary (August 18) A game in three acts. The Bronx Bombers are back, and while I doubt they will get to the ALCS this year, they are well poised for strong runs in coming seasons. They have a fearsome lineup that can be compared to the famed Murderers’ Row of ages past, anchored by Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez. The power of this team contributed to the drama of game, which can be broken out into 3 acts. Act I: In the first 5 innings, Boston starter Drew Pomeranz and Brandon Workman kept the Yanks off the board (Pomeranz had to leave the game in the 4th inning, suffering from back spasms). Meanwhile, the Sox methodically built up a 3-0 lead on the strength of a 2nd inning double by Xander Bogaerts off Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery, followed by a 2 run bomb by Rafael Devers, followed by a 5th inning solo dinger by Christian Vázquez. Act II: Matt Barnes relieved Workman in the 6th, and immediately got into deep trouble. He gave up a 2 run blast over everything by Todd Frazier, and then 2 quick singles with 2 out ended his night. On came Joe Kelly. Kelly has a 104 MPH fastball, but has not demonstrated good control since he came off the DL about a week back. That issue was immediately on display when he hit Aaron Hicks. He got out of that inning, but in the 7th, Gary Sánchez smacked a solo round-tripper to tie the score at 3. After a single and a walk, Kelly managed to whiff Austin Romine, and his evening was over. Heath Hembree then walked Todd Frazier to load the bases, then promptly unloaded them by giving up a 2 RBI single to Ronald Torreyes. Robby Scott then reloaded the bases by walking Brett Gardner, and hit Aaron Hicks to force in another run. Yankees lead, 6-3. Act III: New York reliever Chad Green gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases in the 7th. Mookie Betts’s sac fly then cut the lead to 2. Andrew Benintendi then drove in a run. Hanley Ramirez then walked to load the bases for Mitch Moreland, who was pinch hitting (he had been platooned out due to the lefty starter). Mitch hit a 2 RBI single to give the Sox the lead back. Then, just for good measure, in the 8th Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a 2 RBI single to ice the game for Boston. Craig Kimbrel did the rest. Boston beat New York, 9-6, at Fenway Park. Record: 70-51. Game 121/41.

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