Boston, MA– The Boston Red Sox are red hot. After going on an 11-2 stretch to climb right back into the thick of things in the American League East, the Red Sox dropped an unfortunately close game at home to the Colorado Rockies. Despite the fact that Chris Sale set an MLB record by striking out 17 batters in just seven innings, Boston still failed to provide enough run support for the ace, and the team lost by the narrow margin of just 5-4.
Eager to not slip back into their middling ways, Boston proved their mettle last night when they rebounded against the Rockies and pulled off a thrilling extra innings victory, even if the tenth inning should have never been crucial in the first place.
The Red Sox were cruising for the majority of their second game against Colorado until it all came to a crashing halt. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez kept the strikeout festivities going with ten Ks through six innings pitched. Boston's offense jumped out to a big 5-0 lead by the bottom of the third thanks to hits from J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, and Mookie Betts. Martinez hit a home run in his third straight game to give Boston their five runs and it seemed like the Red Sox would cruise to a series split with Colorado.
But the Rockies battled back and Rodriguez faltered, allowing Colorado to rejoin the fray and even the score off of two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the seventh. Fortunately, even though Boston blew the lead, the bullpen was able to keep Colorado at bay as the team eventually forced extra innings.
It was in the bottom of the tenth when Xander Bogaerts doubled to lead off the inning. Fearing the prowess of Rafael Devers, Colorado intentionally walked him. But then, it was Michael "Ice Horse" Chavis, who was recently profiled on UptoBoston, who came up to bat. Chavis roped a single to center field to score Bogaerts and the Red Sox walked off with a thrilling victory at Fenway!
Up next, the Red Sox are welcoming one of the league's best, the Houston Astros, to Boston, and they will have momentum on their side thanks to the season's first hidden gem: Michael Chavis.