Benintendi goes down, Sox fall in extras

@Connor Friend

With Rick Porcello on the mound the Red Sox offense has been easily the leagues best. Last night the offense was hushed in a major way, with only 3 runs coming through 3 innings before 8 innings without scoring. David Ortiz hit a 2 run home run in the first inning, later in the third Mookie Betts would single in Dustin Pedroia. Rick Porcello was his normal self going 7.2 innings with 3 earned and 8 strikeouts, but he was subject to a managerial error yet again. John Farrell kept in Porcello far too long as he threw a career high 123 pitches, with his last blunder  being a game tying solo shot to Evan Longoria. The play that seemed to almost define the game came in the 7th inning . Andrew Benintendi tried to evade a tag a second base and injured himself, here is the play;

Benintendi going down is a big blow to this Red Sox team, losing an everyday left fielder (for the 4th time this year) and a player that was a spark plug for the offense. We still await the results from Benintendi’s MRI today, and we hope for a fast recovery. The game would go into the 11th where the Rays would walk off with an error at first base then at home plate. The Rays would beat the Sox 4-3 in extra innings via a walk off error. This afternoons starters are Jake Odorizi |TB| (8-5 3.63ERA) vs Drew Pomeranz |BOS| (10-9 2.95ERA).


THINGS TO WATCH FOR; Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz will get his occasional day off today. Ortiz’ rest is usually scheduled on the day games that follow night games, Hanley Ramirez will fill in at DH. Last night Ortiz hit his 30th home run picking up his 100th RBI, it was his 10th 30 homer 100 RBI season. Ortiz is the oldest player to do the feat.

Sox Outfielder Andrew Benintendi has been placed on the 15-day DL. Manager John Farrell said today that it was too early to tell if it was season ending.

Rays starter Jake Odorizi in his last 7 starts is 5-0 with a 1.64ERA  only allowing a combined 8 runs. Odorizi has yet to lose since the all star break. Odorizi is 2-3 with a 4.36 EEA in 10 starts against the Sox.

Sox starter Drew Pomeranz last start against the Detroit Tigers was cut short due to rain. Pomeranz was dealing his strongest start as a Red Sock only throwing 51 pitches through 5 innings 1 earned run and 3 strikeouts. He looks to pick up his third win with the club today.


TODAYS LINEUPS

Red Sox

1 Dustin Pedroia 2B
2 Xander Bogaerts SS
3 Mookie Betts RF
4 Hanley Ramirez DH
5 Jackie Bradley Jr (L) CF
6 Chris Young LF
7 Aaron Hill 3B
8 Travis Shaw (L) 1B
9 Bryan Holaday C

Rays
1 Logan Forsynthe 2B
2 Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
3 Evan Longoria 3B
4 Brad Miller (L) 1B
5 Matt Duffy SS
6 Corey Dickerson (L) DH
7 Steven Souza Jr RF
8 Mikie Mahtook LF
9 Luke Maile C

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