BOS Steven Wright vs BAL Tyler Wilson
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Top 1: The leadoff man, Mookie Betts, started it out with a single to the opposite field. He moved to second as Pedroia grounded out to Machado. Great base running by Mookie Betts! Xander had a swinging bunt that had to be fielded by the catcher. As the play developed and Wieters threw it to first just in time to beat Bogaerts. Betts noticed no one was covering home, and he scored from second on a ball that had landed right in front of the plate. The Sox take a very early 1-0 lead.
Bottom 1: A very solid first inning from Wright as he retired the Orioles in order.
Top 2: Wilson answers with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.
Bottom 2: Wright was able to work out of a jam he put himself into. After giving up a hit, and walking the bases loaded. He got Caleb Joseph to ground out to end the inning.
Top 3: The Sox had runners on base after back to back singles by Betts and Pedroia. Then Bogaerts ripped a double down the left field line to score Betts. The O’s were able to get out of the inning without giving up anymore runs. The Sox increase their lead to 2-0.
Bottom 3: A strong 1-2-3 inning for Wright. The knuckleball has a lot of movement tonight.
Top 4: Swihart has really been turning a corner (especially offensively) since he started playing left field full time. He started the inning off with a single to left, but he was stranded as Wilson retired the next 3 batters in a row.
Bottom 4: Another very solid inning for Wright as he again retired the side in order.
Top 5: Wilson retired the first 2 men with relative ease. Then Xander roped a double to dead center field, but Ortiz flew out to end the inning.
Bottom 5: Reinholt started off the inning with a triple to left center. Then Flaherty hit a double to left to cut the Boston lead in half. The game is tied after an Adam Jones sac fly to right field.
Top 6: Jackie Bradley leads off the inning with a home run to straight away center field. That was a great response by the offense after their starter gave up the lead. The Red Sox now have a triple of their own this game which was courtesy of Blake Swihart. He was stranded at third after Wilson got Hannigan the Hernandez to end the inning.
Bottom 6: That was a good bounce back inning for Wright. As he again retired the side in order 1-2-3.
Top 7: After getting the first two men in the inning. Bogaerts was walked by Wilson, and that is the end of the road for the Baltimore starter. Xander was caught stealing to end the inning.
Bottom 7: Once again, a great inning from Wright as he retired the side in order.
Top 8: David Ortiz lead it off with a lined shot into the right field bleachers. That is his 14th homer, and it’s his major league leading 47th RBI of the year. After Shaw reached by a walk, Swihart came in and notched another single. This time it was from the right side of the plate. I almost forgot he was a switch hitter. Marco Hernandez with his first career homer to right field. He broke it open with a 3 run shot. All of a sudden it’s a 7-2 Sox lead.
Bottom 8: I feel like a broken record here, but another 1-2-3 inning for Wright. He has thrown the ball very well today.
Top 9: Givens walked both Pedroia and Bradley, but he was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run. The O’s need 5 runs to get to extras.
Bottom 9: Wright caps off the game by shutting down the Orioles again as he pitches a complete game.
Boston 7 – Baltimore 2
Another brilliant start for Steven Wright as he pitched a complete game while giving up only 4 hits, 2 runs, and he struck out 7. This was his third complete game of the young season. He also brought his ERA down to 2.45, which is good for sixth in the American League. The Knuckler was dancing all over the place today. It almost had too much movement on it as Hannigan struggled to corral each pitch.
The offense was once again led by JBJ, Ortiz, and Bogaerts. Bradley and Ortiz each had a homer, while Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. The unexpected blow came from the bat of Marco Hernandez as he hit his first career home run to blow the game open. In the top of the 8th he hit a 3 run shot to make it 7-2.
These two teams meet again at 7:00 on Tuesday