A’s batted around the BoSox in the second to pick up four runs in a team effort. Pinder led off the inning with a walk after battling back from an 0-2 count and Morales did the same. Laureano grounded to short that led to a 6-4 putout of Morales. Laureano proceeded to steal second and then was sent home, crossing the plate after Pinder, on a shot down the left field line by Pinder for a 2-0 lead. Profar advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a Phegley single. With two outs, Chapman hit an RBI double to put the A’s up 4-0! Fun inning!
Unfortunately the fun didn’t last. Between excellent batting and two errors by the Athletics, the Red Sox scored six in the third inning to go ahead 6-4. It started with Bradley Jr. hitting to Chapman who had shifted to Semien’s normal location and threw him out at first. Vasquez then walked and advanced to second on a throwing error by Profar, Lin getting on with a fielder’s choice. Benintendi should have been out number two but Montas neglected to tag first on a throw from Morales. Bases loaded. Betts had an RBI single; J.D. Martinez had an RBI single followed by Bogaerts with a 2 RBI double. Devers was out number two, grounding to Profar who threw him out at first. Alas, a hanging fastball led to a second 2 RBI single from rookie Chavis. Had it not been for Bradley Jr., up for the second time, watching a called third strike, it might have continued. Boston is up 6-2 after four innings.
Thread #1 Dialogue can be found here: https://www.athleticsnation.com/2019/4/29/18522925/game-31-thread-athletics-at-red-sox