Five Highlights from Boston Red Sox Walk-off Win Over Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox Walk-off Against Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were supposed to get their first series of the year started on Friday night at Fenway Park, but the weather had other ideas and the game was postponed well before the game was about to start.
The two teams will make up the rainout on June 18 at 1:05 p.m. eastern as part of a day-night doubleheader.
Instead of starting the series with Felix Doubront and Alex Cobb, the two teams would send out their ace starting pitchers for a pitching duel in beantown on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox had Jon Lester on the mound, while the Rays went with David Price.
Coming into Saturday’s tilt, Lester was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, striking out 13 and walking two over 12 innings of work. A starting pitching line the Red Sox are very excited to see and will be happy to see it continue.
Price had posted a 0-1 record, allowing 10 earned runs (8.18 ERA), 2.00 WHIP with only seven strikeouts over 11 innings so far this season. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t looked like the same pitcher who won the award last season.
With two ace pitchers on the mound in beantown, the fans at Fenway Park were in for a pitching duel and thats exactly what they got. However, one team has to win and it happened to be the Red Sox on a ninth inning walk-off single.
Take a look at some highlights from Saturday afternoon.
Jon Lester Tosses Seven Strong Innings
Jon Lester was able to go seven strong innings, allowing on a single earned run and five on Saturday afternoon. Although he was unable to get the victory, he kept the Boston Red Sox in the game. He has only allowed three earned runs this season and his ERA has dropped to 1.42 with 18 strikeouts over his 19 innings.
David Price Great For Six Innings
After struggling during his first two starts in 2013, David Price tossed six great innings, allowing on one earned run and striking out eight against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. He stays at 0-1 on the season, but improves his ERA to 5.82. The left hander has struck out 15 batters in 17 innings this season.
Joel Hanrahan Struggles Once Again
The Boston Red Sox closer is not pitching well at all over the past few games, including Saturday afternoon. Joel Hanrahan was called upon during the ninth inning, but walked the first two batters he faced and was replaced by Koji Uehara. It will be interesting to see if this continues for the Red Sox.
David Ross on Offense and Defense
The Boston Red Sox decided to go with David Ross on Saturday afternoon behind the plate. Once the game was over, it seemed they made the right decision. Ross was 1-for-3 with home run, RBI and a run scored on the afternoon, but also made highlight reels with his foul ball catch for an out in the eighth inning.
Shane Victorino Walks Off
After Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch hit for David Ross in the bottom of the 10th inning and was called out on strikes, Jacoby Ellsbury singled on a sharp ground ball to center field. While Shane Victorino at bat, Ellsbury stole second for his fifth stolen bag of the season and advances to third on a throwing error by the Tampa Bay Rays' catcher. Victorino proceeded to hit a two-two count to shortstop Yunel Escobar, while Ellsbury crossed home, sending the Boston Red Sox away with the victory.