Monday, January 18, 2016

Boxscore: June 20, 2015: Royals 7 Red Sox 4

I forgot to post this.  I went to a Red Sox game in Kansas City last summer.  Prices for tickets had jumped because of the Royals' appearance in the World Series in 2014.  But my wife and I met by brother and his fiancee and her daughter and her boyfriend.  The one major thing that will stick in my mind will be how freaking hot it was.  It was high 90's with blazing sun and no breeze whatsoever.

The Red Sox did not have one of their better games.  Things started off great when Mookie Betts lead off the game with a home run.  But Rick Porcello was pitching and he was having a pretty rough year.  He gave up a game-tying home run to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the second, but Boston responded again on doubles from Blake Swihart and Brock Holt.  They then increased their lead to 4-1 in the fifth thanks to singles from Swihart and Betts and then a run-scoring groundout from David Ortiz and then another single from Hanley Ramirez.

Unfortunately, in the bottom of the fifth, Porcello imploded giving up five runs to fall behind, including a home run from Kendrys Morales.  The Royals would tack on another run and Boston's offense could not get anything else going the rest of the game.

The offensive stars were Betts, who homered, singled, scored twice, and drove in one, Swihart, who singled twice, Holt, who doubled, Ramirez who singled twice, driving in a run, and Alejandro De Aza who tripled and singled.  Dustin Pedroia, Rusney Castillo, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Shaw, Mike Napoli, and Sandy Leon also appeared.  No one really stuck out among pitchers.  Porcello gave up six runs.  Knuckleballer Steven Wright got a couple of outs but gave up the last run.  Tommy Layne and Craig Breslow also appeared.

It was a disappointing game to attend.  Especially since the Red Sox blew the Royals out of the water the next day by a score of 13-2.  I wish I had gone to that one.

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