July 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Game thread: Red Sox 5, Mariners 4, FINAL IN 15 INNINGS
ADDITIONAL NOTE: The Mariners have traded infielder Robert Andino to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named.
Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk off Lucas Luetge and took second on a groundout. After an intentional walk to Mike Napoli and strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Luetge — clearly running on fumes — walked Jonny Gomes to load the bases with two out. Stephen Drew then lined a ball into the right field corner to cap a 5-4 Boston win in 15 inning.
8:51 p.m.: Brandon Snyder led off the 14th with a double to left center off Lucas Luetge. A bunt by Jacoby Ellsbury moved Snyder to third base and then Shane Victorino could have won it with a flyball to center.
But Michael Saunders settled under the medium-depth ball and fired a strike to Humberto Quintero to nab Snyder at the plate. What a game by Quintero tonight. On to the 15th we go.
8:32 p.m.: Major bullet dodged in the 13th inning by Lucas Luetge after a two-out walk to Jonny Gomes and then a wild-pitch put the winning run at second. But Stephen Drew popped out to Nick Franklin, who looked like he might lose the ball at the last minute, to send this 4-4 game to the 14th inning.
8:18 p.m.: Somebody, please score! Anybody! Just kidding folks, but I mean, the Mariners can’t keep stranding runners in scoring position like this.
7:05 p.m.: Kyle Seager hit a one-out, tying solo homer to right-center, knotting this game at 4-4 in the eighth. Junichi Tazawa had just come on to replace John Lackey to start the inning when he yielded the blast.
6:48 p.m.: The Mariners picked their poison in the seventh inning and it proved lethal as Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer well over the Green Monster in left off Oliver Perez to put Boston up 4-3. The Mariners had right-hander Yoervis Medina warmed up and ready to face right-handed hitting Pedroia with one on and nobody out. But looming on-deck was left-handed slugger David Ortiz and the prospect of Medina facing him with possibly two on was a bit much for Robby Thompson and crew to stomach.
So, instead of risking a future Medina-Ortiz matchup by bringing him in, the Mariners swallowed hard and stuck with southpaw Perez against Pedroia — hoping he could survive the righty and then go lefty-on-lefty with Ortiz. Obviously, Perez did not survive the righty. It happens.
6:00 p.m.: The Mariners wasted little time scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Humberto Quintero singled, Brad Miller walked, Kyle Seager hit a one-out single to load the bases and then Kendrys Morales hit a tying sacrifice fly. It was fun seeing burly Quintero challenge Mike Carp’s arm on the tag, but he scored.
Moments later, Raul Ibanez lined a go-ahead single to right.
5:40 p.m.: Ugly defense reared its ugly head in the fifth inning and it cost Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners. After a leadoff double by Brock Holt, Dustin Ackley dropped a Jacoby Ellsbury fly ball to center for an error that tied the game up. Moments later, Nick Franklin had a hard liner by Shane Victorino go off his glove for an error, leaving runners at the corners instead of having a doule play result.
An ensuing ground ball brought Ellsbury home and the Red Sox now lead it 2-1.
5:43 p.m.: Brad Miller hit a leadoff single in the fourth inning, stole second base on a strikeout, then came around to score on a Kyle Seager double down the left field line. So, it’s 1-0 for the Mariners.
Hisashi Iwakuma did a great job recovering from a bases-loaded none out jam in the first inning. David Ortiz grounded into a 1-2-3 double play and then — after a walk loaded the bases once more with two out — Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to first base. Iwakuma only needed 24 pitches that inning despite giving up three singles and a walk. Not bad.
4:05 p.m.: The trade deadline has come and gone and now, the Mariners will take the field tonight in Boston with the team they largely hope to complete the season with.
That team can start by playing better ball than it did last night, especially with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound. Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and has held opponents to a .228 average over his last three starts. He has also allowed just one home run those three outings comined after giving up 10 in his four prior starts.
John Lackey takes the mound for the Red Sox, locked in a first place battle with surging Tampa Bay in the AL East.