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It appears the Red Sox may have caught a huge break in their 5-4 win over the Angels Friday night.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Mike Trout was on first base and Daniel Nava at the plate. He lined a shot into the right field corner off closer Craig Kimbrel that bounced up against the wall and skipped back out into play where a fan appeared to grab the ball.

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder/utility man Brock Holt about his recovery from a concussion, coming back and making an impact right away against the Angels.

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It appears the Red Sox may have caught a huge break in their 5-4 win over the Angels Friday night.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Mike Trout was on first base and Daniel Nava at the plate. He lined a shot into the right field corner off closer Craig Kimbrel that bounced up against the wall and skipped back out into play where a fan appeared to grab the ball.

The play was ruled a ground-rule double meaning Trout had to stop at third base instead of scoring. The Angels challenged the play, but the ruling of a ground-rule double stood. The next batter C.J. Cron grounded out to third base ending the game. If the play was not ruled a ground-rule double, Trout would have scored to tie the game at five.

Many of the Red Sox players and coaches felt they may have caught a break.

“We didn’t get a clear explanation, but obviously fan interference came into play,” manager John Farrell said. “Whether or not they challenged if that ball was going to stay in fair territory or not, you might say we caught a break right there.”

Added David Ortiz: “That was huge. We played with 26 players tonight.”

Right fielder Mookie Betts was the closest player to the fan in right field and he too felt like the Red Sox may have caught a break.

“We were joking, we’re going to have to take him out to dinner because I think that ball was going to come back in play,” Betts said. “I think obviously Trout would have scored on that ball. Tough situation there, but fortunately, he has pretty good hand-eye coordination.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was not happy with the call, telling reporters it was “a brutal call” and “absolutely wrong.”

Below is video of the play.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox were able to survive both the Angels and the rain Friday night.

Leading 5-0 going into the sixth inning, the Angels scored four runs to make it a one-run game, but the Red Sox were able to hang on for a dramatic 5-4 win Friday night at Fenway Park.

Dustin Pedroia reacts to Brock Holt throwing out a runner at second base in the Red Sox' win. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Dustin Pedroia reacts to Brock Holt throwing out a runner at second base in the Red Sox’ win. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox were able to survive both the Angels and the rain Friday night.

Leading 5-0 going into the sixth inning, the Angels scored four runs to make it a one-run game, but the Red Sox were able to hang on for a 5-4 win Friday night at Fenway Park.

The game was delayed 1:35 in the middle of the sixth inning due to a rain storm that passed through dumping quite a bit of water on the field.

Starting with Matt Barnes in the sixth, the Red Sox bullpen tossed four scoreless innings to preserve the one-run lead. Junichi Tazawa needed 31 pitches, but didn’t allow a run in the seventh, Koji Uehara threw a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel sealed the deal in the ninth to earn the save.

It wasn’t an easy ninth inning as the Angels stranded runners at second and third. Mike Trout would have scored from first on a Daniel Nava double with two outs, but it bounced into the stands meaning Trout had to stop at third base.

The Red Sox’ big inning came in the fifth when after leading 2-0, they scored three runs and all the runs came with two outs.

David Ortiz started the scoring with a solo home run to right field to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled and scored on a Brock Holt double. Then Holt scored on a Christian Vazquez RBI single after Travis Shaw was intentionally walked, which forced Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin from the game.

For Red Sox starter Steven Wright, it was a matter of pitching when it was raining and when it was dry.

After not allowing a run through five innings, the rain came and the knuckleballer allowed the first three batters of the sixth to reach and then allowed a grand slam into the Monster seats off the bat of C.J. Cron ending Wright’s night. It’s become clear Wright struggles when his hands are wet and he cannot grip the baseball.

The knuckleballer finished the game going five-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out three. Despite the poor sixth inning, he still was able to pick up his ninth win of the year, but did see his ERA go from 2.18 to 2.42.

Closing Time note

The Red Sox scored a first inning run for the first time since June 11, spanning 17 games.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two singles and a home run. He extended his hit streak at Fenway Park to 18 games, the longest active home hitting streak in baseball. He now has 2,000 hits as a member of the Red Sox and his home run was No. 522 for his career, which passed Frank Thomas, Ted Williams and Willie McCovey for sole possession of 19th all-time.

— Holt made his presence felt in his first game in over a month as he threw Cron out at second base in the fourth inning trying to extend a single into a double. This was in addition to going 2-for-4 with two doubles at the plate. The Red Sox are now 22-9 in games Holt starts in this season.

— Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with a double. He has now hit safely in his last 22 games against the AL West.

— After Johnny Giavotella tripled with one out in the eighth, the Angels tried to squeeze home the tying run, but Uehara was able to make an outstanding scoop and flip to cut down Giavotella at home.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Wright pitching in the rain hasn’t worked out this season. He allowed the four runs in the sixth inning and then earlier in the year on May 13 against the Astros, he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings, also a game played in the rain.

— Pedroia hit into his league-leading 15th double play in the third inning. He’s two ahead of Albert Pujols.

— The Red Sox weren’t very sound on the bases as they recorded two outs on the bases in the fourth inning. Shaw was picked off second base with no outs and then Betts committed the third out trying to extend a single to a double.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After the Red Sox wrapped up the month of June where they went 10-16 and now sit five games out of first place in the AL East, some have questioned over the last few days whether John Farrell is the right man to lead the team for the rest of the season.

On Friday, Farrell was asked directly if he feels he has the support of management.

John Farrell understands the questions surrounding his job status. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell understands the questions surrounding his job status. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

After the Red Sox wrapped up the month of June where they went 10-16 and now sit five games out of first place in the AL East, some have questioned over the last few days whether John Farrell is the right man to lead the team for the rest of the season.

On Friday, Farrell was asked directly if he feels he has the support of management.

“We’ve come off a tough month,” Farrell said. “Finished with a disappointing trip through Texas and Tampa. I can understand that question, the potential speculation that is out there. Our expectation is to win. That doesn’t change. The focus daily is that — is to go out and put together an effort to win. My communication with Dave [Dombrowski] is very consistent. I think he’s confident in my focus and that is to win each and every day. That’s where we stand. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to starting this final homestand before the break, so that gets underway tonight.”

Following Wednesday’s 4-0 loss there was some contradiction between his comments and David Price’s comments on the left-hander’s stuff in the game. Farrell stuck by what he said after the game, reiterating he thought Price had good stuff. (Price told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford Friday he understands why Farrell said the left-hander had great stuff when Price said after the game he had his worst curveball of the year.)

“The commentary was here was a guy that was coming off an outing where he had his best velocity he’s shown all year — up to 97 [mph], strikes out 10 over six-plus innings,” Farrell said. “He made some mistakes in the middle of the plate. In terms of just raw stuff, I thought he showed a curveball that showed had more consistent depth to it than recent starts. In terms of raw stuff, I thought it was one of his better outings of the year. The execution, no maybe that wasn’t as consistent as the game maybe in San Francisco or the game against Seattle. Whether that is a differing opinion of someone else, that was my view, just the raw stuff.”

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Ryan Hannable

With Eduardo Rodriguez being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox needed a fifth starter for Sunday’s game. Many thought that starter would be Aaron Wilkerson, but instead it will be right-hander Sean O’Sullivan making his third start of the season for the big league club.

Manager John Farrell said that was the recommendation of the Triple-A staff.

Sean O'Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan

With Eduardo Rodriguez being sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox needed a fifth starter for Sunday’s game. Many thought that starter would be Aaron Wilkerson, but instead it will be right-hander Sean O’Sullivan making his third start of the season for the big league club.

Manager John Farrell said that was the recommendation of the Triple-A staff.

O’Sullivan pitched May 7 in relief, then started on May 10 and May 15, including earning the win May 10 against the Athletics. Overall, he’s 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA this season.

With Triple-A he was named to the Triple-A All-Star Game where he’s 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts. He leads the PawSox in victories and his ERA is eighth-best in the International League.

Wilkerson on the other hand, is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA in 16 starts between Portland and Pawtucket.

“He’s pitching his way into consideration, there’s no question,” Farrell said. “Statistically he’s doing a very solid job there.”

Farrell also provided a number of injury updates on his players battling ailments.

— Brock Holt (concussion) will be checked daily as he returns Friday after missing a month with a concussion. The plan for him as of now is to play Friday night and Sunday, both against righties. Farrell said as long as Marco Hernandez is on the roster, Holt will play primarily in left field.

— Blake Swihart (sprained ankle) is “improving,” according to Farrell. He’s begun walking on a treadmill, but there hasn’t been any jogging or running yet. There still is no timetable for him to begin baseball activities.

— Ryan Hanigan (neck strain) will play nine innings with Pawtucket Saturday and Sunday and the team will decide the next step on Monday. If everything goes well, it would seem he would be ready to be activated.

— Joe Kelly (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen on Wednesday and will likely throw another one Saturday. Farrell said he would need at least two more bullpen sessions before the team would have him pitch in a game.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable