Last night, the Red Sox were the beneficiaries of some good luck, but also some terrible weather. The Red Sox were able to get the scoring parade started early, with doubles from the newly returned Brock Holt and Travis Shaw, as well as the 522nd home run of David Ortiz's historic career. With this home run, David Ortiz passed Ted Williams (and Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas) on the all-time home runs list.
From a pitching perspective, Steven Wright was Steven Wright for most of the night. As the rain began to fall, Wright shied away from his knuckleball, and threw more fastballs, which, for a guy that can't hit 90 MPH, isn't a great game plan. Wright relinquished four runs in the sixth inning before manager John Farrell decided to go to Matt Barnes to finish the inning. After the top half of the sixth inning, the Red Sox and Angels were stuck in a rain delay for 95 minutes.
Nevertheless, the tarp came off the field and the two teams were ready to finish this game. Junichi Tazawa was given the ball for the seventh inning and would need upwards of 30 pitches to finally retire the Angels, but keep the lead intact.
In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel was brought in to finish this nearly 5-hour long game. After making Mike Trout look silly on his first swing...
Kimbrel would relinquish a leadoff walk. Kimbrel was able to retire Albert Pujols and Jefry Marte, before former Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava launched a laser to deep right field. The ball would hit the short wall and was grabbed by a young fan in a Red Sox jersey. Angels skipper Mike Scioscia was adamant that it was fan interference, but the call would not be overturned, and Kimbrel was able to retire the next batter.
Was it interference? Probably, but the Red Sox got the win so who cares. Next up, the Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound to face off against the Angels in the middle game of this three-game set.