Saturday’s Doubleday Double Talk Game of the Day took place in the desert between the 2018 World Series reigning Champion Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The back and forth thriller needed extra innings before a winner could be decided and it was an exciting game for all nine innings.
David Price would take to the mound for the champs who have hit a rough stretch of games in an attempt to change Boston’s fortune. In his was Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver who was looking for his first win of the season.
After both starters got through the first inning unscathed, things got interesting in the second when an RBI groundout from Eduardo Nunez, a single on the first pitch to David Price to bring in the runner from third, and an RBI ground-rule double from Andrew Benintendi made the score 3-0 Red Sox.
The Diamondbacks responded to the Red Sox rally with a hit parade of their own in the bottom of the second when a Nick Ahmed single to right scored the Diamondbacks’ first run and two more would score for Arizona when Carson Kelly ripped a double to bring in two to knot it up at three apiece. Kelly would score from second later that inning on an Adam Jones double and the Diamondbacks had the lead 4-3.
After the slugfest in the second, both starters were lights out until they were pulled from the game. Luke Weaver would be pulled after the fifth inning after giving up three while David Price would be lifted after six after giving up four.
Scoring would resume in the top of the seventh when J.D. Martinez would pinch hit and extend his hitting streak to ten games with a single to left center to put runners on the corners. Mookie Betts would hit a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game up at four.
After Mookie Betts hosed the would be winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Carson Kelly came to the plate in the bottom of the tenth with a chance to end it and with a runner on second, Kelly would rip a double down the left field line to score the winning run easily.
The walk-off victory shot the Diamondbacks back over .500 with a 5-4 record while the Red Sox historic losing streak continues with the club falling to a horrid 2-8 record.
“Obviously they think about it probably,” Red Soc manager Alex Cora said after the loss. “But at the same time, I think they’re over it now. They know they’re going to pitch well. Obviously, we haven’t. We haven’t held leads. I can remember that’s probably the third or fourth time that we scored three and give it right back. It’s not perfect right now, obviously, but the quality of at-bats was better today. They kept fighting. David kind of found it after that. Too bad we didn’t win.”
The Red Sox have now tied the franchise record for the worst start of a season record-wise in team history. The Red Sox will need to find a way out of this jam they are in if they do want to return to World Series glory.
Then again, we are ten games into the season so it is way too early to panic.