Pivetta Silences Houston Lineup with Complete Game

May 18

Pivetta pitches for the Sox against Garcia. Altuve leads off the game with a home run to the Monster in left-center as the Astros pick up right where they left off last night. It’s 1-0 on Altuve’s eighth of the year, fourth time he’s led off the game this way this year, and twenty-fifth time he’s led off the game with a homer in his career. Pivetta throws 23 pitches in the inning. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Devers hits an odd triple because of an odd bounce in right that gets the ball away from the right fielder long enough for Devers to leg out that extra base. Devers scores on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Martinez that nearly makes it over the short fence in right and out of the yard. It’s 1-1. Moments later, Bogaerts drives a ball that does get out and lands in the Monster to make it 2-1 Sox. This is his fourth of the year. A runner is at first with nobody out in the bottom of the third for Devers, who doubles off the Monster to score Hernández and make it 3-1. Devers is stranded.

The Sox put the first two men on in the bottom of the fourth, and they have runners at the corners with one out after a fly out when Vázquez singles to center to make it 4-1 as Story scores. Hernández singles to left to score Cordero and make it 5-1. A walk loads the bases as Houston’s woes continue, but a double play keeps the game close, if one can call four runs close. Pivetta zooms through the Houston lineup, with his only blemish the early home run until a ground-rule double by Bregman ends a string of eighteen consecutive outs. He is stranded there. The Sox had never had a starter get the first out of an eighth inning, but Pivetta throws a complete game on 112 pitches, something unheard of in this day and age and a much-needed respite for an exhausted relief corps, with no walks in a 5-1 win.