It was just another Red Sox Yankees thriller. The Red Sox finally pulled out the thrilling victory against the hated Yankees in the 19th inning but not after an extremely hard fought game by both teams.
The Red Sox controlled the first half of regulation play. Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox their first lead of the ballgame with an RBI single to score Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and Daniel Nava gave the Red Sox a 3-0 advantage in the 6th with a shallow base hit scoring Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli. Wade Miley was dominant in his first 5 innings but lost his control in the 6th and the Yankees took advantage, scoring 2 runs in the inning and closing the gap to 1 run. It was still a very quality first start for Miley, who went 5.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, while striking out 6 Yankees.
The Red Sox bullpen held it down until they were 1 out away from the win but Chase Headley had other plans and hit a bomb off Edward Mujica to right field to put the game into extra innings. For the next 5 innings, a myriad of baserunners got on base but neither team was able to take advantage.
Things started to get very exciting in the 16th inning. In typical fashion, David Ortiz came up big for the Red Sox and hit a bomb to give the Red Sox the go ahead run. But Mark Teixera had other plans in the bottom half and hit a home run to tie it up once again. In the 18th, the Red Sox got the lead again with a big RBI single from Pablo Sandoval, scoring Dustin Pedroia. But once again, the Red Sox would blow the lead and Carlos Beltran doubled to left to score John Murphy. At that point I was convinced the game would never end.
But the Red Sox young guns came through in the 19th inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a single to right and stole second. Bogaerts was huge in extra innings, getting on base an amazing 5 times. After Hanigan walked, Mookie Betts hit a clutch sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox the lead for good. Finally Steven Wright didn’t give up the lead and the Red Sox prevailed 6-5.