When and where: May 15, 2019, Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 7:10 PM ET
The surging Boston Red Sox are looking for a bounce-back win on Wednesday when they continue their two-game meeting with the Colorado Rockies. After splitting with the San Francisco Giants, the Rockies beat up on the San Diego Padres at home, along with stealing a road win on Tuesday from the Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep against the Seattle Mariners. A head-to-head showdown between Rockies righty German Marquez and Red Sox’s lefty Eduardo Rodriguez will highlight the pitching battle.
Rockies’ upset sealed by Reynolds
It took 11 innings to bring the Red Sox’s scorching five-game winning streak to a halt, but the Rockies were patient and persistent when they needed to be to upset the defending champions at Fenway Park. All they had to do was wait out Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who was throwing darts the entire time he was on the mound.
As soon as he stepped down, the offensive floodgates started opening for the Rockies.
Things just got Nazty in Boston! pic.twitter.com/icBI6RLGXT
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 15, 2019
Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon kicked off the festivities by knocking a pair of homers out of the park in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead in the game. The Red Sox would ultimately respond with another run to tie things up and send the game into extra innings.
A scoreless 10th inning was followed by Mark Reynolds smacking a run-scoring single to center field to take the final lead in the game. Wade Davis closed the deal on the mound in the bottom of the 11th for the Rockies’ fourth win in five games.
Bullpen betrays Sale
Chris Sale pitched a gem on Tuesday, and it still wasn’t good enough to lift the Red Sox to victory. The 30-year-old lefty struck out a career-high 17 batters, which is the most since Pedro Martinez’s 17 in 2000. In seven innings total on the mound, he only allowed three hits and two earned runs in the 5-4 loss.
The rest of bullpen couldn’t hold up their end of the deal.
Brandon Workman was the first replacement, and he immediately gave up two hits and two earned runs, including a homer, in only one inning on the mound. Matt Barnes did try to dig the team out of trouble by keeping the Rockies scoreless and reeling off five more strikeouts. However, it wouldn’t last once Ryan Brasier stepped up and gave up the game-winning run. Sale can’t be nearly as sick as a Red Sox team that knows it let him down.
The offense got a nice boost early on with homers from J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis. Mitch Moreland hit the run-scoring single that ultimately tied the game in the eighth inning and sent it into overtime, where the Red Sox’s offense fell silent.
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