Make That Five In A Row
The game was exciting from start to finish, with the Red Sox taking an early lead and the Mariners battling back to tie it in the ninth. In the end, a walk-off grand slam by Franchy Cordero sealed the 8-4 win for the Red Sox.
Eovaldi started the game and pitched 6.2, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out a career-high of eleven batters. He did not factor in the decision. The two runs Eovaldi gave up were on a Pesky Pole special that was just out of the reach of Jackie Bradley in rightfield. It was a tremendous bounce-back start for Eovaldi after getting ruffed up by Houston early last week.
Gilbert, for the most part, was as advertised. The flame-throwing right-hander pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. It’s clear the 25-year-old has a bright future ahead and has top of rotation type stuff.
Another Robles Blown Save
Robles blew the save in the ninth inning, giving up a home run with two outs to power hitter Eugenio Suárez. This was the third blown save for Robles on the season. From that point on, It was a wild 10th inning, with the Mariners taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th, only for the Red Sox to tie things up in the bottom half of the frame.
Before Cordero’s blast, Christian Vazquez – the would-be winning run – was thrown out at home plate by Dylan Moore. But Cordero made sure that didn’t matter, as he blasted a walk-off grand slam to give the Red Sox the win. It was his first home run on the season, and it couldn’t have come in a bigger spot.
Other noteworthy performances include Trevor Story and Christian Arroyo hitting solo homers. While both Kiké Hernandez and Jackie Bradley had two hits apiece.
The Road Ahead
The blast finished a much-needed 6-1 homestand for the Sox, who won a wild one to improve to 19-22 on the season. This was a big win to keep the momentum going and the win streak at five. With Toronto losing to Cincinnati, they picked up a game in the Wild Card to cut their deficit to three games.
The Red Sox will be off tomorrow before playing a three-game set in Chicago. All three games will be 8:05 start times, with Pivetta, Hill, and Wacha the projected starters.
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