Tonight we saw vintage Matt Harvey. Striking out eight over six innings, Harvey had everything going for him tonight.
What was really vintage about this Harvey Day in particular was that he pitched so well and still didn’t get the win. No need to check the calendar, this is NOT some sick joke where we have regressed back to 2012 (Harvey’s rookie year, when he posted just 2.73 ERA and only won three of his ten starts). It wasn’t Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, or even Pedro Beato that blew it this time (although, given Beato’s track record, he very well could’ve found a way to lose this one while not even being on the roster). This time, Logan Verrett fell victim to the bats of David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr, each of whom hit dingers, making it a 3-2 Red Sox lead in the seventh inning. A bases-loaded walk in the bottom half by Travis d’Arnaud would tie the game at three-a tie that would give us free baseball for the second straight night.
However, it didn’t take thirteen innings to decide this one.
In the top of the tenth, last night’s hero, Carlos Torres, surrendered a lead-off inside-the-park home run to rookie catcher Blake Swihart to give the Sox a 4-3 lead. A Bradley single, a Mookie Betts double, a Josh Rutledge sac fly, and a Xander Bogaerts single made it 6-3 Sox.
Red Sox’ Junichi Tazawa came in to close it out in the bottom of the tenth-and that’s when things got really interesting.
A promising leadoff single by Wilmer Flores was quickly erased by a d’Arnaud double play, and the Mets were down to the last out. Tazawa, after being hit by d’Arnaud’s double play, proceeded to walk Ruben Tejada, pinch-hitters Michael Conforto and Juan Uribe, and Curtis Granderson to make it 6-4 Sox. Craig Breslow, the last man left in the bullpen, was summoned to record the final out- managing to get Yoenis Cespedes to fly out to center field to end the game.
Jacob deGrom will face off against Joe Kelly for the Sox at Citi Field tomorrow at 4:05pm. The game will be broadcasted on WPIX.