It Might Have Just Been Better to Call The Game: Sox Lose After Long Delay

May 1

Lyles pitches for Baltimore against Pivetta. The Sox put runners at the corners with two out in the top of the first, but a groundout ends the inning. Bogaerts doubles to the gap in left-center to lead off the top of the fifth and moves to third on a groundout before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Cordero to break the deadlock and make it 1-0 Boston. A runner is at first with nobody out in the bottom of the inning for Urias, who doubles to left to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners score on Nevin’s single to left to make it 2-1 Orioles. With two on and one out later in the inning, Pivetta gets the hook and gives way to Sawamura. When it’s 3-1, the skies open up and the rain starts pouring down as Jackie Bradley Junior makes a catch in right to save runs and possibly the game. For now, they’ll play on. Odor leads off the sixth with a homer to right to make it 4-1 on his first of the year. After the next batter is walked, the umpires call for the tarp as the rain picks up. It’s just as well, as the infield has just been reduced to thick mud. It stays there for two hours and six minutes.

Surprisingly, they actually continue afterwards instead of just declaring the game official. A hit batsman puts two on and a walk loads the bases for Mateo, whose double to the right-field corner opens up the game at 6-1 as two men score. Santander singles to left with one out to score Bemboom and Mateo and make it 8-1. He moves up to second on a balk. This just hurts to watch. Santander scores on a single to center by Mountcastle to make it 9-1. Mountcastle moves up to second on the throw home. The Orioles bat around in the frame. The sixth inning alone takes around 2 ½ hours! Cordero leads off the top of the eighth with a double off the out-of-town scoreboard in right. He moves to third on a groundout but does not score. When the Red Sox run out of pitchers in the bottom of the eighth, catcher Kevin Plawiecki takes the mound for the seventh time in his career. He gets through the lineup easily. Then again, having done this six times before, he’s practically a seasoned pro! The Sox load the bases with one out in the top of the ninth so Martinez can hit Boston’s first grand slam of the year into right and make it 9-5. It’s his eighth career grand slam. Of course that happens when all hope is lost. That results in a pitching change. Sox lose 9-5, but hopefully that grand slam jump-starts the offense from this week on.