3-3 ballgame. It was the bottom of the 8th, and ex-Red Sox pitcher Alex Wilson was on the mound. It was high in the air. I knew it was gone the minute I saw it. JBJ had just nailed a go-ahead home run to give the Red Sox the 5-3 lead.
The Red Sox went on to top the Tigers 5-3. Each team got 11 hits in this big hitting game. Mitch Moreland went 3-4 with 2 RBI, JBJ went 2-4 with another 3 RBI. Lots of good plays by JBJ and Mookie Betts made the game interesting and I was at the game and witnessed the great comeback victory.
It started out ugly for the Sox though. Brian Johnson gave up a dinger with 1 out in the 1st inning to Nicholas Castellanos. But the Tigers weren’t done. Both Victor and J.D. Martinez got on base, and it was 1st and 2nd with 2 down. Then Justin Upton knocked Victor Martinez in with his single up the middle. It was 2-0 Tigers after 1 inning and Brian Johnson had thrown almost 30 pitches. Johnson tried to settle down after that, but in the next two innings he reached 70 pitches. He had given up 5 hits and a walk in 3 innings.
Then to begin the 4th, Mikie Mahtook nailed a dinger into the bleachers. 3-0 Detroit.
However, the Red Sox began to rally in the 4th inning. Mitch Moreland answered with a leadoff home run to center. Then after a Benintendi single and Ramirez walk, it was 1st and 2nd. Then Bradley Jr. hit a line drive single to knock in a 2nd run. 3-2 Tigers.
However, Pablo Sandoval ended the rally on a double play. Panda struggled all game, striking out twice and grounding into this double play. He also made 2 plays that could’ve been called errors.
The Tigers tried to strike back. Victor Martinez got a base hit, and then J.D. Martinez doubled to center and Victor was on third, but it wasn’t enough. After Brian Johnson and Heath Hembree were done, Joe Kelly was an absolute machine against Detroit in the 7th.
Mookie Betts tried to start another rally when he doubled, but it failed. However, the Red Sox came back in the 8th. Alex Wilson, the former Red Sox player, was pitching. Fans were booing and taunting him. Bogaerts got on base, and then he reached second when Wilson wildly tried to pick him off at first. Then Moreland drove in another run with an RBI single. It was a tie ballgame, 3-3. Benintendi lined out, and Ramirez was out on a lazy fly ball.
Then, JBJ hit a huge dinger to right. Everyone was cheering. They had come back! The Red Sox were up 5-3 going into the top of the 9th, and Craig Kimbrel came right into the game. After a strikeout, a foul pop up and another strikeout, the Red Sox won 5-3. Kimbrel got the 3 out, 10 pitch save.