Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
For 23 outs, everything seemed to be coming up Boston Red Sox during Sunday’s game. On the mound, lefty pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez had not allowed a hit against the Oakland Athletics.[restrict]
Baseball, however, can be cruel. With the game tied 0-0, and Rodriguez four outs away from history, the Red Sox’s luck ran out. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien picked up the club’s first hit on an infield single with two outs in the eighth.
The ball was hit softly back up the middle, and Rodriguez stuck his foot out to stop it. By the time he was able to gather himself and make the throw to first, Semien had beaten it to the base. It wasn’t called that way initially, but replay confirmed Semien was safe. Rodriguez was able to get out of the inning without allowing any runs, but the club wouldn’t be so fortunate in the ninth.
Because he had thrown 110 pitches, Rodriguez was lifted from the contest after eight inning, making way for closer Craig Kimbrel. The right-hander walked Danny Valencia on five pitches, and then gave up a walk-off double to Khris Davis on the next pitch.
With that, the game was over. After carrying a no-hitter deep into the contest, the Red Sox somehow lost the game 1-0.
The defeat dropped Boston to second place in the American League East.They remain a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the division lead, but currently hold a two game lead on the first wild card spot in the AL.
Jose Abreu: Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu may have gotten off to a sluggish start this season, but he’s finally hitting like everyone expected. Sunday’s 13-11 win over the Minnesota Twins proved as much. Abreu was an absolute monster during the game, smashing two home runs. The first came in the first inning. Abreu drove in three runs to give Chicago the early lead. That wouldn’t be enough, though. The Twins roared back, meaning Abreu would again have to try to give his team the lead. He chipped in an RBI single in the fifth, and then added another three-run homer in the seventh inning. His contributions eventually paid off, as the team came back and won the game in extras. Abreu finished 3-for-7, with two runs scored and seven RBI.
Julio Teheran: Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran has been one of the few bright spots on a bad team this season. He continued to show that during Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Teheran tossed six shutout innings against Philadelphia. He allowed just five hits and two walks during the outing. Teheran struck out seven. With the win, he lowered his ERA to 3.01, and improved to 5-9 on the year.[/restrict]