Red Sox-Tigers ALCS Game 2 LIVE Blog: Red Sox Walk Off With 6-5 Win, Tie Series 1-1
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BOSTON (CBS) – Follow all the action from Game 2 of the Red Sox-Tigers ALCS at Fenway Park:
FINAL — Red Sox 6, Tigers 5: Wow, just wow.
Yes, groundbreaking analysis there, but what a day for Boston sports.
Just a few hours after Tom Brady and the Patriots work some comeback magic at Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox do the same at Fenway Park.
Saltalamacchia singles in Gomes for the game-winning run, and the ALCS is all tied up at a game apiece.
We’ll be breaking this one down all night, so stick with CBSBostonsports.com!
Bottom 9th — Red Sox 5, Tigers 5: The game winning run is just 90 feet away for the Red Sox, and there are still no outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Gomes advanced on a wild pitch, with Salty facing a 3-1 count.
This all came after Saltalamacchia lifted one foul to the right side, but Prince Fielder couldn’t make a play while battling the Boston fans.
Bottom 9th — Red Sox 5, Tigers 5: Oh Jose!
Jonny Gomes led off the inning with an infield single deep in the hole to short, but Jose Iglesias tried to throw him out anyways. His threw went into the Boston dugout, and Gomes goes to second on the error.
So no outs, and the game-winning run is in scoring position for the Red Sox.
Middle 9th — Red Sox 5, Tigers 5: Uehara does his thing in the top of the ninth, and the Red Sox will have a chance to walk-off with a win in the bottom of the inning.
Koji got Don Kelly to fly out to second, struck out Austin Jackson on three pitches, and then got Hunter to fly out to short to end the inning after just eight pitches — all of which were strikes.
Gomes, Saltalamacchia and Drew will try to make it a very special day in Boston sports against Rick Porcello.
End 8th — Red Sox 5, Tigers 5: Pinch-hitter Mike Napoli strikes out to end the eighth, but fans probably don’t care too much about Boston’s 15th K of the night.
Everyone is still riding high off of Ortiz’s slam, and they’re even more ecstatic to see Koji Uehara make his way to the mound.
Bottom 8th — Red Sox 5, Tigers 5: Yes, that just happened.
Ortiz had never homered off of Benoit in his career, but deposited the first pitch he saw into the Red Sox’ bullpen for a game-tying grand slam.
Torii Hunter came inches away from robbing Ortiz, but ended up injuring himself going over the Boston bullpen.
That was Ortiz’s 15th career home run in the postseason, and the fourth grand slam in Red Sox postseason history. It was the first game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning or later in postseason history.
We have a whole new ballgame at Fenway!
Bot 8th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Believe it or not, the tying run is stepping to the plate in David Ortiz.
After Victorino struck out for the second out of the inning, Pedroia singled to right to load the bases. Middlebrooks was held at third, which was a good thing as Torii Hunter came up ready to gun him down at home.
Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit is heading out to face Ortiz, who leads the Red Sox in just about every offensive category in the postseason.
This is getting fun again.
Bot 8th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Could the Red Sox have a little comeback magic of their own brewing?
Jose Veras replaced Scherzer to start the eighth, and got Drew to ground out to short on one pitch. But Will Middlebrooks followed with a double down the left field line, and Jim Leyland went to lefty reliever Drew Smyly to face face Jacoby Ellsbury.
But Smyly walked Ellsbury to give Boston two on with just one out, and Leyland has gone back to his pen. In comes Al Alburquerque to face Victorino.
Middle 8th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Felix Doubront works around a two-out walk to retire the Tigers, giving him 1.1 innings of scoreless relief out of the Boston pen.
Drew, Middlebrooks and the top of the Sox order will try to get it done against Jose Veras now in the bottom of the eighth.
That means Scherzer’s night is over. His final line looks like this: 7 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 13 K
With Anibal Sanchez striking out 12 on Saturday, the Tigers become the first team in postseason history to have back-to-back 12 K outings from their starters. They can also thank the Red Sox’ bats for that.
End 7th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Scherzer continues to deal, and the Red Sox have no clue how to get to the Detroit righty.
Another 1-2-3 inning in the seventh with two more strikeouts. Carp and Gomes were victims once again, as Scherzer is up to 13 on the night.
He is up to 108 pitches on the night, so he may be done for the evening.
The Red Sox are now just 3-for-51 with 30 strikeouts in the ALCS.
Middle 7th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Brandon Workman gets the first two outs of the inning, but was chased when the second out came very loudly off the bat of Cabrera.
The ailing Tigers’ third baseman hit it deep to center, but Ellsbury was there to track down the 400+ foot drive.
Felix Doubront came in in relief and got Fielder to ground out to Pedroia to end the inning.
Now Carp, Gomes and Salty will try to add another run or two against Scherzer. We could see Daniel Nava make a pinch-hit appearance for Gomes though.
End 6th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 1: Scherzer may have given up a hit and a run, but he struck out two more Sox in the sixth to give him 11 on the evening.
Ortiz struck out swinging to end the inning with Pedroia on second. But at least they got a hit. And a run.
Bottom 6th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 0: A hit by the Red Sox! And not just that, but a run too!
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth Shane Victorino lined a single into left for Boston’s first hit of the evening. The ice-cold Dustin Pedroia followed that with an RBI double off the Monster in left.
Victorino was off with the pitch and scored easily from first, as the Sox get on the board and cut it to 5-1.
Middle 6th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 0: The Tigers put up a four-spot in the top of the sixth and take a 5-0 lead, which seems like an insurmountable deficit for the Red Sox.
It will be Middlebrooks followed by the top of the Boston order against Scherzer, as he tries to keep his no-no going.
Top 6th — Tigers 5, Red Sox 0: Things just went from bad to worse for the Red Sox, as Alex Avile crushes a two-run homer to right to put Detroit on top 5-0.
The Tigers have two homers and two doubles in this inning. After a line single by Omar Infante, John Farrell takes out Buchholz for Workman.
Buchholz allowed five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings, and is still responsible for Infante on first. Things just fell apart for him in the inning, as the Tigers jumped all over every mistake he made.
Top 6th — Tigers 3, Red Sox 0: Martinez follows Fielder’s double with a two-bagger of his own, this one to right, to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
It’s another high pitch that does Buchholz in, as it did with both Cabrera and Fielder this inning. It was a high slider to Cabrera, high fastball to Fielder and a high curve to Martinez.
Brandon Workman is now warming up in the pen as Buchholz approaches the 80-pitch mark.
Top 6th — Tigers 2, Red Sox 0: Miguel Cabrera took a high breaking ball from Buchholz and put it in the monster seats to give Detroit a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth.
The two runs could be more than enough for the Tigers given the way Scherzer is pitching tonight.
Prince Fielder followed that up with a double off the wall, so Buchholz is in a bit of a jam with just one out.
Bottom 5th — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave a Scherzer offering a ride to right, but it stayed in the yard for a very loud out.
It was the best ball hit by the Sox so far tonight, as they are still looking for their first hit of the evening (Deja Vu anyone?).
Gomes struck out to lead off the inning, Scherzer’s ninth strikeout of the night, and Drew grounded out to first to end the inning.
For the second time in two nights we are halfway through the game and the Red Sox still don’t have a hit. That makes it three straight games for the Tigers that their starter has had a no-no through at least five innings.
But at least only one batter struck out that inning. Baby steps… baby steps.
Middle 5th — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: Clay Buchholz has found a zone of his own right now, with another 1-2-3- inning in the top of the fifth.
After getting Infante to ground out to third for the first out, he struck out Don Kelly for his sixth strikeout of the night. Austin Jackson flew out to center to end the inning, and Buchholz has made just 62 pitches through five.
Buchholz is doing his part, but the Sox bats aren’t living up to their end of the bargain.
End 4th — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: It figures when the Red Sox would have rather struck out, they make contact.
Pedroia started off the inning with Scherzer’s eighth punchout of the night, dropping his playoff average under the .200 mark.
Ortiz followed with a walk, but was quickly erased on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Mike Carp. The Boston first baseman twisted his ankle out of the batter’s box, but stays in the game.
The Sox would have been better off with a Mike Napoli strikeout there, as colleague Mike Hurley pointed out over Twitter.
Scherzer has 64 pitches, 38 if which are strikes, through four innings and has yet to allow a hit.
Middle 4th — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: Crisis averted, and the Red Sox still trail by just one run.
Buchholz struck out Cabrera and Fielder to start the inning, but hit Martinez with a high breaking ball that didn’t break. Martinez moved to second on a wild pitch, and then went to third when Stephen Drew booted an easy grounder to short off the bat of Jhonny Peralta.
But Buchholz got Alex Avila to fly-out harmlessly to center to end the threat, and keep it a one-run game.
The heart of the Boston order is due up against Scherzer. Maybe they’ll even get a hit!
End 3rd — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox got another runner, but once again he was left stranded thanks to Max Scherzer’s dominance.
Stephen Drew struck out looking to lead things off, followed by Will Middlebrooks swinging and missing at an 86-mph slider.
After Jacoby Ellsbury drew a six-pitch walk, Scherzer got Victorino swining for his seventh strikeout of the night.
The Sox are up to 24 strikeouts this series, and the Tigers have struck out two batters in eight of 12 innings.
What’s scary is Boston still hasen’t faced Justin Verlander, who gets the start in Game 3.
Middle 2nd — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: Dustin Pedroia is struggling at the plate, but he is doing all he can to make up for it in the field right now.
After Buchholz got Don Kelly to fly out to center to lead things off, Austin Jackson hit a sharp grounder towards right field. Pedroia got a great jump, made a nice sprawling snag to get to the ball, and delivered a bullet to first as he sprung up to get the speedy Jackson.
Buchholz followed that up by getting Torii Hunter swinging to end the inning. He’s up to three K’s over the first three innings.
Now it’s up to the Sox bats to feed off that 1-2-3 inning, and get that run back. That won’t be easy with the way Scherzer has looked so far.
End 2nd — Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: Max Scherzer is on a bit of a roll to start this one.
He struck out both Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes looking to start the inning, his third and fourth straight strikeouts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke up that consecutive K streak, but unfortunately he did it with a ground-out to second base. Scherzer is looking locked-in as he retires six of the first seven Sox batters of this one.
The Sox have now struck out 20 times in the ALCS, and have just one hit in 11 innings. Meanwhile, Tigers pitchers have hurled 20 straight scoreless innings going back to Game 5 of the ALDS.
Middle 2nd, Tigers 1, Red Sox 0: The Tigers strike first as they get to Buchholz for three hits in the top of the second, but they only manage one run on four very-well hit balls.
After Prince Fielder led the inning off with a strikeout, Victor Martinez doubled to left-center. He moved to third on a Jhonny Peralta single to left — his fourth hit of the series so far. V-Mart scored when Alex Avila took the first pitch he saw and lined it back up the middle, making it 1-0 Tigers.
But Buchholz escaped without any further damage, as he got Omar Infante to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
The Tigers have been very aggressive against Buchholz, but only have one run to show for it.
End 1st — Tigers 0, Red Sox 0: The Sox get a baseruner against Scherzer, but don’t get anything out of it as the Detroit righty strikes out two in the bottom of the first.
Shane Victorino gave the Red Sox their first baserunner of the night after getting plunked by Scherzer on the first pitch of his at-bat. It was the fifth time Victorino was hit this postseason, and ninth time of his playoff career. That ties him for Alex Rodriguez for the most all-time in the playoffs. Victorino gets hit because of where he stands in the batter’s box, but I think it’s pretty safe to say A-Rod gets hit for other reasons.
But Victorino stayed at first, as both Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz go down by way of the K. Pedroia goes down swinging on three pitches, as Ortiz does the same on six pitches.
Middle 1st — Tigers 0, Red Sox 0: Nice little 9-pitch top of the first for Clay Buchholz as he retires the Tigers in order.
After starting 3-1 on Austin Jackson, Buchholz got him to ground out to short. He then got Torii Hunter swinging for the second out on three pitches, and then retired Miguel Cabrera on just one pitch with a fly out to center.
Now, the Sox have to deal with Max Scherzer.
8:10 p.m.: The Patriots win was just a warm up for the Fenway crowd. Dave Roberts threw out the first pitch, and got a huge ovation from the Boston fans.
I wonder if Roberts has paid for anything in Boston after his steal against the Yankees in 2004? If he has, shame on whoever charged him.
7:50 p.m.: First pitch is just under half and hour away, but the fans at Fenway Park are already fired up.
Fans went nuts when they heard about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ comeback win over the Saints. This came just a few minutes after they weren’t too pleased with the New England football team.
The cheers were even bigger when they played Brady’s touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins on the big screen. Now we wait see if another local sports team can pull off a big win tonight.
7:00 p.m.: The Red Sox fell to the Tigers 1-0 last night, and it seems like the only time they’ve been losing lately has been in one-run games.
Though Boston is outscoring opponents 26-13 this postseason, both of their losses have been by one run. Going back to the regular season, their last four losses have been by one run.
Runs will likely be at a premium again tonight, with 21-game winner Max Scherzer on the hill for Detroit. The same goes for the Tigers though, as Boston starter Clay Buchholz owns a 1.20 ERA in four career Fenway starts against Detroit, holding Tigers hitters to a .152 average (just 16-for-105).
David Ortiz made a point to go opposite field during batting practice, so we’ll see if he takes advantage of the wall in left and the ailing Miguel Cabrera at third. Ortiz, who has appeared in all 62 of Boston’s playoff games since 2003, will tie Jason Varitek’s Red Sox record of 63 postseason games tonight. He is the Red Sox’ all-time leader with 43 runs, 66 hits, 16 doubles, 14 home runs, and 46 RBIs in the playoffs.
6:10 p.m.: It is a beautiful night for baseball in Boston, as the Red Sox look to bounce back in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers following their one-hit, 1-0 loss on Saturday night.
The Red Sox are changing their lineup a little bit with Max Scherzer, the best pitcher in baseball this season, on the hill for the Tigers. Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes have been inserted into the lineup against the Detroit righty, with Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava (who had Boston’s only hit last night) getting the night off.
Napoli has struggled so far this postseason, going just 2-for-16 at the plate with seven strikeouts. He is just 1-for-9 in his career against Scherzer with three K’s.
Carp is 2-for-8 in his career against Scherzer with 2 strikeouts, while Gomes is 2-for-6 with two strikeouts.
For Detroit, former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup for tonight’s game. Jhonny Peralta, who drove in the only run of the game on Saturday, takes over at short while Don Kelly gets the start in left.
Here are the full Boston and Detroit lineups for Game 2:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Mike Carp, 1B
6. Jonny Gomes, LF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Stephen Drew, SS
9. Will Middllebrooks, 3B
– Clay Buchholz, P
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii Hunter, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Omar Infante,2B
9. Don Kelly, LF
– Max Scherzer, P
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