Saturday, April 11, 2015

After 19 innings and 7 hours, Sox outlast Yanks

 Mookie Betts lifted a sacrifice fly to center field in the 19th inning off Esmil Rogers, sending Xander Bogaerts home with the deciding run as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 6-5, in the longest game played at the current Yankee Stadium.
Chase Headley's ninth-inning homer off Edward Mujica erased the first of four Boston leads in the Friday night contest. David Ortiz gave Boston back the lead in 16th with a solo shot off Rogers, but with the clock having moved past midnight, Mark Teixeira celebrated his 35th birthday in the home half of the 16th with a game-tying homer off Steven Wright.
In the 18th, Pablo Sandoval knocked a run-scoring single off Rogers to put the Red Sox back on top, but the Yankees again wiped out that lead as Carlos Beltran doubled to deep left off Wright, scoring pinch-runner John Ryan Murphy.
"All good things come to an end at some point," Red Sox manager John Farrell said with a smile.
Rogers was the seventh Yankees reliever behind Nathan Eovaldi, who surrendered three runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Wade Miley held New York to a pair of runs on four hits over 5 1/3 frames in his Red Sox debut. The contest featured a 16-minute delay in the bottom of the 12th inning due to a power surge that knocked out a bank of lights.
"It's hard. Obviously our guys did a good job of coming back and coming back and coming back," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a physical grind. It screws up your bullpen and it screws you up in a lot of ways. You find a way to bounce back tomorrow."
It was the longest game in Red Sox history by time, officially lasting six hours, 49 minutes. The Red Sox played a 6:35, 18-inning game on Aug. 25, 2001, in Texas, but the Red Sox lost that game 8-7.
This one went longer, and eventually the Red Sox won it.
Wright, Sox survive: The knuckleballer pitched the final five innings for the Red Sox. Wright couldn't hold the first two leads Boston handed him, but he held the last one with the help of an outstanding game-ending double play turned by Xander Bogaerts and Dustin PedroiaMore >
Thrill of the Chase: Headley has collected a few big hits during his brief Yankees career, including a walk-off single in his first game for the club last July 22 against the Rangers and a walk-off homer off Boston's Koji Uehara on Sept. 4. Thus, it was not out of character when Headley launched his first homer of the season off Mujica in the ninth.
"We kept fighting, kept clawing back," Headley said. "We had some opportunities we couldn't come up with earlier in the game, but I like the tenacity, I like the fact that guys didn't quit. We gave ourselves a chance right up to the end." More >
Nathan's famous: Eovaldi has a reputation for high-octane heat, and he flashed it in his first inning as a Yankee, hitting 101 mph on the Stadium radar gun. That pitch marked one of three hits Eovaldi surrendered in the first, leading to Boston's first run. Though he continued to pump the zone throughout his 94-pitch outing, Eovaldi recorded just one strikeout and permitted eight hits, plus two wild pitches and a hit batsman.
Redemption for Mookie: After striking out in the ninth, 13th, 15th and 17th innings, Betts put Boston ahead for good in the 19th. Although he went 1-for-8 and left four runners on the basepaths, the center fielder was breathing a sigh of relief following the game.
"It would have been the worst game of my life -- and then we won it," he said.More >
Miley delivers: The left-hander who came to the Sox in a December trade was as advertised. He worked quickly and efficiently through the five scoreless innings, before running into some trouble and departing with one out in the sixth.
"The rivalry is still there. The Yankees want to beat us and we want to beat them. That one part of the game where people start getting aggressive and stuff -- to be honest with you, I don't think the fans need any of that. You bring your kids around, you don't want your kids to watch a guy swinging at another like it's the WWF or something. You brought your kid to the field to watch baseball. I want to see 50 guys playing their best for nine innings, my team wins or their team won and we go home happy. My kid got to learn something about baseball. It's better than, 'Dad, why were those guys fighting?'" -- Ortiz
Brett Gardner was caught stealing second base by a strong throw from catcher Sandy Leon in the eighth inning. The Yankees challenged the call by second-base umpire Mike Winters, which was confirmed by video review. In the 17th, Gardner was picked off first base by Wright. Following a crew chief review, the call was confirmed.
"It's never fun to lose, especially like that," Gardner said. "It's one loss. It feels worse than one loss, but thank goodness it's only one."
Red Sox: Right-hander Joe Kelly, who missed time in Spring Training with a right biceps issue, comes off the disabled list to start Saturday afternoon's game in the Bronx. The Red Sox were encouraged enough by Kelly's bullpen session on Wednesday to give him the start.
Yankees: Right-hander Adam Warren (3-6, 2.97 ERA in 2014) will make his fourth career start. Warren was outstanding against the Red Sox while pitching out of the bullpen last year, giving up just one run on four hits in 12 1/3 innings, with 13 strikeouts.

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