By TERRY LYONS, Editor-in-Chief
BOSTON – Excuse the grammar but no matter the sport, the “Ball Don’t Lie.”
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Case in point: Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a towering, 370-foot drive that caromed off the front ledge of Fenway Park’s famed “Green Monster” and fell to the ground in left field. MLB umpire Angel Hernandez signaled a home run from his vantage point beyond second base and Bradley rounded the bases, trailing Steve Pearce and Ian Kinsler who were both onboard with all signs indicating a three-run dinger which would’ve put the Red Sox ahead of the New Yorkers, 4-3, in the 5th inning.
Red Sox fans on the famed Green Monster react to Bradley blast
Instead, a crew chief review was called on the field by Bill Miller, and after a 3:05 minute Martin Scorsese-like edit session, Bradley’s blast was deemed a ground-rule double and he was re-assigned to second base before the inning continued. After Rafael Devers was intentionally walked to create a force situation, Sox utility man and pinch hitter Brock Holt provided the “Ball Don’t Lie” moment when he doubled to deep centerfield, knocking in a pair and putting the Red Sox ahead 5-3.
Mets reliever Paul Sewald paid the price as he allowed three hits and four earned runs in the pivotal 5th inning.
The afternoon game began as the Red Sox posted a 1-0 lead in the home half of the 1st inning when shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI single to score Mookie Betts. But the Mets countered in the 4th with a three-run homer by rightfielder Brandon Nimmo. The HR marked Nimmo’s 17th dinger of the year, a long drive that went 394-feet to right-center, just out of the reach of the outstretched golden glove of Betts.
New York starter Corey Oswalt pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one unearned run and three hits. He walked one and struck out three while throwing 61 pitches (38 strikes) on the day.
Boston starter Rick Porcello went 5.0 innings, allowing two hits and three earned runs. He walked one and struck-out five Mets batters while throwing 88 pitches (62 strikes). Porcello recorded his 17th victory of the season against seven losses. Sewald took the loss for the Mets and is (0-6).
Pearce went 3-for-4 on the day and scored a run while Betts was on base three times but did not record a hit. Betts was hit by a pitch as he led-off the game and walked twice
Craig Kimbrel earned his 41st save of the season for the Red Sox. Kimbrel earned 47 saves in 2014.
GAME NOTES: American League Cy Young Award favorite Chris Sale (12-4, 1.96 ERA) will start for the Red Sox for Sunday’s 1:05pm matinee while the New York Mets throw their own Cy Young contender in RHP Jacob deGrom (8-9, 1.71 ERA). deGrom made his 29th start of the season on September 11th and tossed 7.0 innings of 2-run baseball, with only three hits and two walks allowed. He struck-out nine Marlins in that effort, his 21st straight quality start (QS). deGrom has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last 26 starts, the longest single-season streak in MLB history. … Sale was limited to 1.0 inning pitched in his last outing, a 7-2 Boston win in which he, obviously, was not involved in the decision. Sale has not allowed a run in his last 29.0 innings pitched, the longest scoreless streak in MLB this season. Sale’s previous start was on August 12th, a 4-1 win at Baltimore. … The Red Sox have an off day on Monday, September 16th before heading to New York (Yankees) and Cleveland for a pair of 3-game series. … The Mets have a busy seven days ahead, playing the Philadelphia Phillies Monday through Wednesday and then close out their road trip with a four-game weekend stint against the Washington Nationals in DC.