Multiple Lost Opportunities Cost Red Sox First Game

April 8

Welcome back for another season of Red Sox baseball! This is the 30th time the Sox and Yanks have locked horns on Opening Day, most recently nine years ago in 2013. The Sox will wear a #2 patch on their arms as a tribute to former player and late broadcaster Jerry Remy, who passed away in October from cancer. The pitching matchup is the same as it was for the Wild Card game last October: Cole versus Eovaldi, for whom this is the third straight Opening Day start, the twelfth man to do that for Boston. Meanwhile, Bogaerts is starting at short for the ninth time for Boston, which is the most in Red Sox history, putting mhim above Everett Scott. After a four-pitch walk to open up the game, Devers hammers the first Boston home run of 2022 into the upper deck in right to make it 2-0 after just six pitches! Bogaerts singles and then promptly scores on a double to the right-field corner by Martinez to make it 3-0! So the Sox are picking up where they left off with Cole in October. It takes Cole 18 pitches to get the first out of the season and 27 pitches to make it through the first inning.

It takes Eovaldi four pitches to get in trouble himself. A runner is at first with one out for Rizzo, who homers to right to make it 3-2. He only takes ten pitches to get through the first. A runner is at second with two out in the bottom of the second after a throwing error on a pickoff throw by Eovaldi, but a routine groundout ends the inning. After a brief pitching duel, Giancarlo Stanton leads off the bottom of the fourth with a home run that just barely clears the wall in right and ties it at 3-3. There are two on with two out after a fielding error by Bogaerts later in the inning, but a force out bails him out. The Yanks put two on with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but a strikeout by Eovaldi paired with a sliding catch by Verdugo in left ensure we stay tied. Bogaerts leads off the sixth with a double down the left-field line and moves to third on a groundout and scores on a single to right by Verdugo to give the Sox the lead back at 4-3. A single puts two on with two on with two out and leads to a pitching change. A walk loads the bases before Castro gets Vázquez to strike out and leave them loaded. That ends up costing Boston the lead when LeMahieu hits a game-tying homer to right-center to make it 4-4. That leads to a pitching change. Judge doubles to left with two out in the bottom of the ninth and Rizzo is intentionally walked to put two on before Stanton strikes out to force extras.

Much to my dismay, we still start with a runner at second. Vázquez was the last man out in the ninth, and Arauz runs for him. Devers is intentionally walked to put two on with one out in the top of the tenth for Bogaerts, who hits a bloop single into left to bring in Arauz and make it 5-4. A double play ends the inning. A hit-by-pitch puts two on with nobody out in the bottom of the tenth. A groundout moves them both into scoring position before an intentional walk loads the bases and results in a pitching change. A sac fly ties the game at 5-5 with two out and a strikeout keeps the game alive. Kiner-Falefa serves as the runner at second in the bottom of the eleventh but doesn’t stay there for long. Donaldson singles up the middle for the walk-off hit. 6-5 F/11