Warm Welcome, Rude Awakening - Joe Kelly received a round of applause from the St. Louis faithful as he took the mound against his former team for the first time. Kelly may have been lost in the moment, as Matt Carpenter laced a leadoff double to right. Carpenter later scored on a two-out single by Matt Adams.
The Xander Man Can - With two outs in the home second, Xander Bogaerts made a diving stop up the middle, fully extended, and flipped on to Pedroia at second base to prevent a run. Bogaerts’ hard work with infield coach Brian Butterfield has payed off, as the young shortstop could not make similar plays earlier in the season. He delivered at the plate tonight as well, driving in both Sox runs on a double and a sac fly late.
Challenge Accepted - Sox pitcher Joe Kelly hit a tapper out in front of home plate and ran hard down the line to first. Originally called out, the replay showed Kelly was safe, and he was awarded a hit. In friend vs friend match-ups, (Miller and Kelly), Kelly is the first to get a hit.
Matt Takes a Holliday - With two outs in the Sox fourth, Xander Bogaerts drove a ball into the left center field gap. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday ran to the spot to make the catch, but could not haul it in as the ball glanced off his glove and Daniel Nava scored the tying run. We’ll take it easy on the big fella Holliday, as he’s not known for his glove.
Liner To The Knee - Joe Kelly took a liner off the knee by Oscar Taveras in the home fourth, and was clearly in pain, though he still recorded an out on the play. It seemed his night was over, but Kelly came out of the dugout to bat for himself in the fifth.
Outstanding Debut - Newcomer Joe Kelly pitched like an ace in his Red Sox debut as he tossed seven innings, allowed one run in the first, and gave up just three hits on 97 pitches. It’s still too early to tell, but sending John Lackey to the Cardinals may pay off in the long run, as Kelly is under team control through 2019.
Late Inning Magic - In a tie game Yoenis Cespedes lead off the ninth with a single, and Mike Napoli followed with his second double of the night. David Ortiz, who pinch-hit for Nava, walked to load the bases with nobody out. Xander Bogaerts hit a sac fly on the first pitch to deep center to plate Cespedes for a 2-1 lead, but Boston could not tack on any insurance runs.
Nervous Save - With the tying run on second and winning run on first and two outs, Koji Uehara put himself in a tough spot. Uehara induced a ground ball up the middle, but Dustin Pedroia bailed him out and flipped on to second to end the threat. Chalk up another save for Koji.
Too Many Close Ones - The Red Sox have played in a league-leading 44 one-run games, and are now just 22-22 in such contests with the victory tonight.
On Deck - In the final game of the series, Brandon Workman (1-4, 4.08) gets the start for Boston while Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.26) goes for St. Louis tomorrow night at 7:15 pm. Here’s the lines from their previous outings:
Workman: 7/30 vs Blue Jays, 5IP, 4H, 2R, 4BB, 2K, L
Wainwright: 8/01 vs Brewers 5 1/3IP, 9H, 7R, 3BB, 5K, L