Boston Red Sox Game Recap: April 19, 2017 @ Toronto Blue Jays

Game two of Boston’s first series in Toronto featured lefty Francisco Liriano on the mound for the home squad to face off against reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.

After a quiet first three frames, Troy Tulowitzki reached first on a Pablo Sandoval throwing error in the bottom of the second. The Blue Jays shortstop advanced to third base when first baseman Mitch Moreland committed an error on a ball that he misplayed on an in between hop. Russell Martin, who hit the grounder, ended up on second base. Porcello took matters into his own hands with Justin Smoak, as he struck out the switch-hitting first baseman. However, third baseman Darwin Barney struck a ground ball up the middle that made it under Bogaerts’ diving stab. Both baserunners scored for two unearned runs. Second baseman Devon Travis then flied out to right field before Kevin Pillar struck a line drive through the left side of the infield. Ezequiel Carrera then smacked a ground ball through the right side of the infield for a single that scored Barney and advanced Pillar to third. With the score 3-0, Jose Bautista flied out to left field to end the second inning.

In the top of the fourth with one out, Mookie Betts struck out after not doing so for 129 consecutive plate appearances. Liriano then struck out Moreland to retire the side.

Liriano kept the Red Sox off the board, but in the top of the sixth he allowed back-to-back one-out singles by Andrew Benintendi and Betts. That caused Toronto manager John Gibbons to turn to the bullpen to keep his team’s 3-0 advantage. Liriano went 5 ⅓ innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six before being replaced by righty Joe Biagini. The reliever induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the Red Sox threat.

Biagini tossed a scoreless seventh and Porcello did the same in the bottom of the frame. The Blue Jays righty was then lifted in favor of Jason Grilli, who blanked the Sox in his inning of work. Porcello then gave way to lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, who didn’t start yesterday due to the birth of his son. Porcello threw seven innings, giving up three runs (none earned) on six hits and a walk. The righty also struck out five Blue Jays.

After Rodriguez threw a scoreless bottom of the eighth, closer Roberto Osuna entered the game. The righty reliever allowed a one-out single by Mitch Moreland, but he then struck out Bogaerts and induced a Chris Young game-ending groundout to third base.

The Red Sox will play the Blue Jays again today in Toronto at 12:37 PM, with Chris Sale on the mound for Boston and Marco Estrada pitching for Toronto.


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