It took 15 innings, but the Boston Red Sox were able to come out on top against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. The Red Sox were winning four to three in the 8th inning, but then Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager came to the plate. He hit a home run to tie the game, and that was the last run either team scored for about seven innings. In the bottom of the 15th, Stephen Drew came through with a clutch walk-off single to propel the Red Sox to the victory.
Why was this win so important? It put Boston in first place in the AL East, just over the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston also has the best record in the American League, which means they would have home field advantage if the playoffs started today.
The trade deadline ended yesterday, but the Red Sox were still able to make a move in acquiring Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. We will see Peavy’s first action wearing red socks on Sunday when he will pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Getting a win next game won’t come easy for Boston, as the Mariners will send ace Felix Hernandez to the mound. With an 11-4 record and a 2.34 ERA, he has been up to his usual tricks this season. As for the Red Sox, they will tab Ryan Dempster for the start. Dempster hasn’t had a great season, as he has a 6-8 record with a 4.24 ERA, and the Mariners will obviously have an advantage in this one.
I think that pitching advantage will be enough for the Seattle Mariners, as they will win this game, sending the Boston Red Sox back to second place in the AL East.
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