W: J. Happ 7-10
L: R. Porcello 9-16
W, 7-10 | 5.2 IP | 3 (1) | 6 H | 3 BB | 3 K |
105 PC, B: 42, S: 63 | 3.85 ERA
The bottom of the 1st began with two easy outs for J.A. Happ. He then issued a walk to Benintendi, before striking out Ramirez. J.A. was pounding the zone early in the inning but started missing his spots. He managed to get out of the frame, however, which was a good sign for him. The 1st is historically a problem inning for Happ.
The Red Sox hit a double to begin the 2nd. Sam Travis hit a fly ball to right field. Bautista was in the shift and tracked it down, but it went off his glove. One out later, Happ gave up a walk. Vazquez hit a grounder to the pitcher, who turned and committed an error throwing the ball to second base. Nunez singled, driving in two runs. If you load the bases against Boston, chances are good that they’ll score. The inning ended on a ground ball, but the Toronto lead was narrowed to 3-2.
A two-out single was all that Boston would get from Happ in the 3rd. He had already thrown 65 pitches, which was not ideal to go deep in the game. Happ walked Marrero with two outs in the 4th. He failed to have a clean inning to that point in the game, but he was doing well. The outside corner of the plate was being painted by his pitches. The Red Sox couldn’t make decent contact with what he was serving up.
Betts led off the 5th with a double to left field. Happ responded by getting hit three fly balls to end the inning. After two more fly ball outs starting off the 6th, Happ gave up a single to the catcher, Vazquez. When J.A. gave up another single, he was taken out of the game by acting manager DeMarlo Hale. With the top of the order coming up, the starter had enough. Happ had a great outing. On the bad side, he gave up six hits and walked three batters. As a positive, he struck out three and kept the Red Sox from scoring a lot of runs. A lot of what he accomplished was due to Happ hitting the outside part of the plate and having excellent command of his pitches.
It was a good start for Steve Pearce, who led the game off versus Rick Porcello with a double. A deep fly ball by Donaldson moved him to third base with only one out. After Smoak walked, Bautista frustratingly struck out on three pitches. Next up, Kendrys Morales got a curveball and crushed it to right field for a three-run shot. Porcello was punished for leaving the waist-high curveball hanging on the inside part of the plate. It was a productive 1st inning for the Jays.
In the 2nd, Porcello ended a two-out rally for Toronto. Lopez and Pearce singled, but the starter struck out Donaldson, ending any hopes for more runs. With one out in the 3rd, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run to centre field. He was due for one. It was his 25th career home run at Fenway Park. Porcello’s style consists of a lot of pitches high in the zone. It can often lead to home runs, which were the source of Toronto’s first four runs in the game.
The Boston starter settled in nicely against the Blue Jays offense in the middle innings. With Porcello’s pitch count approaching 100 in the 6th inning, Ryan Goins singled with one out. Barney followed by hitting a double off the wall in left field, scoring a run. The next batter, Lopez, slammed the first pitch he saw to the right-centre field bleachers for two more runs. It was his third home run of the season and there was no doubt about his homer. Porcello was promptly removed from the game. He was taken for a seven run ride in the game after having two good starts against the team earlier this season.
The Red Sox bullpen was having their way with Toronto batters until there were two outs in the 9th. Justin Smoak hit the fourth home run of the game for the Blue Jays. His 37th of the season was a solo-shot to centre field against reliever Matt Barnes. It was followed by a double from Jose Bautista on the first pitch he saw. Kendrys Morales drove in a run with a double to left-centre field. It was the fourth RBI for Morales in the game. The rally continued as Pillar hit a single, scoring one more. The Toronto hitters put on a show tonight at Fenway. Hopefully they saved some offense for the rest of the series.
|D. Leone (3-0)||0.1||1||1||2||1||1||14 (6-8)||2.70|
|A. Loup (2-3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||1 (0-1)||4.21|
|R. Tepera (7-1)||1.2||0||0||1||0||2||23 (7-16)||3.36|
|T. Mayza (0-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||15 (4-11)||9.64|
With two outs and two runners on base in the 6th, Leone took the mound. He immediately gave up a single to Nunez, which scored a run. He then struck out Betts to end the inning. Dominic didn’t do Happ any favours with the single, but he was able to stop the bleeding. The Blue Jays still had a 7-3 lead over the Red Sox.
Leone walked the leadoff batter in the 7th. His next pitch was wild, which advanced the runner to second base. Ramirez hit an infield single, but the runner was kept from scoring. It was thanks to Barney, who stopped the ball before it reached the outfield. That would be it for Leone. He had a pretty bad outing and gave the Red Sox some momentum late in the game.
Two inherited runners were on base when Aaron Loup came in to face the left-hitting Moreland. Aaron got a ground ball, which was thrown to second base for one out. A run scored, as Boston chipped away at the lead. The manager went back to the bullpen after the play. The team then turned to Ryan Tepera. A quick strikeout and a ground ball ended the inning. It was a great combined effort from Loup and Tepera.
Brock Holt hit a ground rule double to centre field with one out in the 8th. Tepera then picked up a strikeout when Nunez chased an outside cutter. Betts loaded the count, but ended up hitting a liner to right field for the third out. It was tense, but Tepera got the job done. His pitches were very crisp and he had a lot on his fastball. The radar gun hit 98 mph when he reached back trying to get one past Mookie Betts.
For the 9th, Tim Mayza was looking to close things out. He had some breathing room thanks to a two-out rally in the top of the inning. Mayza struck out two batters in the 1-2-3 inning. It was just what the team needed to end the game.