This Mother’s Day game is broadcast on NBC and streaming service Peacock and starts at 11:30 A.M. here at Fenway. According to NBC, it is the 96-year anniversary of a horrific fire that completely destroyed the third-base bleachers. Houck pitches for Boston against Dallas Keuchel. Boston puts runners at first and second with one out in the bottom of the first but strand them. The first two batters reach in the top of the third and move into scoring position shortly thereafter on a groundout before McGuire scores on an infield single to make it 1-0 White Sox. With two out, Abreu doubles to the left-field corner to bring home the other men and make it 3-0. Houck is pulled out of the game before the next batter, and Verdugo makes a sliding catch in left to end the inning. Plate umpire Ron Kulpa takes a foul ball right to the face in the top of the fourth and leaves after sitting on the ground for a couple of minutes. We will play with three umpires for the foreseeable future. This is why the umpires behind the plate always wear a mask or goalie helmet!
After a 20-minute delay (remember that the plate umpire wears more protective clothing than the other umpires because he has a more dangerous job), Marty Foster moves from first base to the plate. Back-to-back singles start the bottom of the fourth. A runner is at third with two out after a double play, but a strikeout ends the inning. The White Sox put runners at the corners with two out in the top of the fifth, but a force out ends the inning. Arroyo hits a two-out double to center in the bottom of the frame, but a groundout ends the inning. The first two batters reach for Chicago in the top of the sixth but do not move for the rest of the inning. The Red Sox put runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the frame, and Devers scores on Martinez’s groundout to put Boston on the board at last at 3-1. Vázquez singles to left to score Bogaerts and make it 3-2 while taking second on the throw home. The go-ahead run flies out to end the inning. Chicago has a runner at second with two out in the top of the eighth after Grandal’s first since 2019, but a strikeout ends the inning. Story is booed by the home crowd after striking out in the eighth. Martinez doubles off the Monster to start the bottom of the ninth, narrowly missing what would have been a game-tying home run. Franchy Cordero pinch-runs for him. The White Sox have a pitching change with two out and get the winning run to fly out as they hold on for a 3-2 victory.