Boston Red Sox Game Recap: April 21, 2017 @ Baltimore Orioles

The Boston Red Sox opened a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night with lefty Drew Pomeranz on the mound pitching against former top prospect Dylan Bundy.

Bundy and Pomeranz traded zeroes until the bottom of the third. J.J. Hardy led off the inning with a pop up to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and the speedy Craig Gentry followed with a double to left field. Gentry then advanced to third on a passed ball before being driven home by an Andrew Jones single up the middle . Pomeranz was able to get out of the inning without further damage by getting slugger Manny Machado to line out to center and Mark Trumbo to pop out to first base.

Bundy tossed two more scoreless frames, but Pomeranz was unable to keep the Birds off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. The lefty led off the inning by walking Gentry and was able to erase the baserunner on a 6-4-3 double play. However, Machado blasted his third home run of the season to double the Orioles lead to 2-0. A Trumbo strikeout ended the inning.

The Red Sox threatened in the top of the sixth inning when Marco Hernandez led off with a single and Dustin Pedroia moved him over after walking. Runs were not what the doctor ordered, though, as Bundy induced an Andrew Benintendi lineout followed by back-to-back pop outs by Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland.

Pomeranz was aided by a great play from Pedroia, who was on the outfield grass due to the shift, when Chris Davis scorched a ground ball up the middle. Manager John Farrell ambled out to the mound to get the ball from the Red Sox lefty after he tossed 5 ⅓ innings of one-earned-run ball. Pomeranz coughed up five hits and two walks while striking out four in the 102-pitch effort.

Joe Kelly replaced the southpaw, retiring Wellington Castillo and Trey Mancini on line drives to left and center field, respectively.

Christian Vasquez chased Bundy from the game with a leadoff single in the top of the eighth. The Orioles righty allowed six his, one walk, and struck out six Red Sox. He was aided early on with double plays in the first three innings, and was able to lower his ERA to a sterling 1.37.

Lefty Donnie Hart took over the pitching duties for the O’s and walked Chris Young after loading the count. With men on first and second, Pedroia lifted a deep fly ball to left field, resulting in an out and Vasquez advancing to third on a risky tag-up play. After Hart struck out Benintendi, Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned to righty Mychal Givens to get out of the men-on-the-corners, two-out jam. The right-handed reliever induced a Mookie Betts infield fly to retire the side with the score still at 2-0 Baltimore.

Kelly continued pitching into the eighth inning, allowing a Machado single to leadoff the inning. The Orioles shortstop then slid over second base, catching Pedroia’s calf with his cleat. The Red Sox second baseman had to leave the game, with Steve Selsky taking over at third base and Pablo Sandoval making his first appearance at second base as a pro.

Lefty Fernando Abad replaced Kelly to face left-handed slugger Chris Davis. The O’s first baseman crushed a line drive to right field, but Betts made a diving play to his left to record the second out of the eighth. Wellington Castillo then smacked a fly ball to left that resulted in out number three.

With closer Zach Britton on the disabled list, the Orioles put the fate of the game in the hands of righty Brad Brach. After Moreland ground out to shortstop, Hanley Ramirez battled through a 12-pitch at-bat only to fly out to right field. Jackie Bradley Jr., fresh off the DL, then ground out to Machado at third base to end the game in a 2-0 Orioles victory.

The Red Sox and O’s will be back at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 PM with Boston turning to knuckleballer Steven Wright and Baltimore going with lefty Jayson Aquino.


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