Wade Miley turned in a very solid outing in his Red Sox debut Friday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox finally win longest game in their franchise history

Rob Bradford
April 10, 2015 - 10:14 pm
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NEW YORK -- It was the game that didn't want to die. It eventually did, with the Red Sox claiming a 19-inning, 6-5 win over the Yankees in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Yankee Stadium. That was thanks to Mookie Betts' sacrifice fly, scoring Xander Bogaerts (who had four hits after 11 p.m.) from third. But the process to get through the 6-hour, 49 minutes (minus a 16-minute delay due to a lighting issue) ... well, that was interesting, to say the least. It was, after all, the longest game (in terms of time) in Red Sox history. First, Chase Headley took Edward Mujica over the right field wall with two outs in the ninth inning to send things into extra innings. Then David Ortiz gave the Red Sox the lead back with a solo shot in the 16th inning, clearing the right-center field wall. But Mark Teixeira wouldn't let the Red Sox DH punctuate things, knotting things back up on a blast against Red Sox reliever Steven Wright to lead off the 16th just before 1 a.m. Then came the 18th inning. On his ninth at-bat of the night, the third baseman ripped his fourth hit of the game up the middle against Yankees reliever Esmil Rogers to score Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia had reached after being hit by a pitch, proceeding to land at third on Hanley Ramirez's single. The problem was that Wright gave it back up again in the home half of the inning, this time letting Carlos Beltran hit a fly ball over the head of Hanley Ramirez in left field to score pinch-runner John Murphy. (For a complete box score, click here.) Thanks in large part to Wade Miley, things started great for the Red Sox ... hours and hours before the 16th-inning drama. For most of his Red Sox debut, Miley carried himself like a pitcher in complete control. Working at his usual quick pace, the lefty didn't allow a hit until Brett Gardner's one-out double in the fourth inning. (That came about five hours before the 16th-inning home runs.) Miley finally ran into trouble in the sixth inning, leaving with one out and the bases loaded after giving up his first run earlier in the frame. When it was all said and done, the Red Sox came away with another encouraging outing from their starter, with Miley's 90-pitch/5 1/3-inning start ending with him allowing four hits, two runs and a pair of walks while striking out six. The Red Sox starters have now given up seven earned runs over 24 1/3 innings (2.61 ERA). And, up until Mujica's pitch to Headley, the bullpen did alright for itself, as well. The combination of Robbie Ross Jr. Alexi Ogando and Junichi Tazawa, the Red Sox relievers went 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run. Before Headley's hit, The Sox bullpen had pitched 10 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Xander Bogaerts. After starting 0-for-4, the shortstop finished off his night with four hits, a walk and the game-winning run. WHAT WENT RIGHT - The Red Sox jumped out against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi with a run in the first inning, coming on a Pablo Sandoval RBI single, scoring Dustin Pedroia. Both Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez had reached on hits off of Eovaldi, who finished his night allowing three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. - Daniel Nava's presence paid off, reaching base in each of his first three plate appearances thanks to a hit-by--pitch and a pair of singles. His biggest impact came in the sixth inning when, with one out, the right fielder rifled a hit between first and second to score both Mike Napoli and Sandoval to push the Red Sox' lead to three runs. - Miley not only controlled the Yankees when they hit, but on the basepaths, as well. After Chase Headley reached via an opposite field single with one out in the fifth inning, Miley picked off the third baseman, who wasn't even making a move to attempt a stolen base. Miley the fourth-most pickoffs in the majors last season (5). - Alexi Ogando was once again lights-out, making quick work of the Yankees in a 1-2-3 seventh inning thanks to a flurry of uncomfortable swings. Making the outing more encouraging was that two of the hitters faced by the righty hit from the left side (Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorious). - Catcher Sandy Leon made his presence felt, gunning down Brett Gardner trying to steal second with one out in the eighth inning with Alex Rodriguez at the plate and Junichi Tazawa pitching. Gardner represented the tying run at the time. The Red Sox reliever finished off the inning by striking out Rodriguez. (It marked the first time since 2013 that a baserunner attempted a steal against Tazawa.) - Tommy Layne came on to get the Red Sox out of a huge jam in the 11th inning, striking out Brian McCann and getting Headley on a fielder's choice to leave runners on second and third. - In the minors, Rusney Castillo had another multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 in the PawSox's 10-8 win over Lehigh Valley. Castillo is now 5-for-9 on the season after two games. WHAT WENT WRONG - Headley, who came into the game with a hit in two at-bats against Mujica, launched a 2-1 fastball into the right field bleachers to send the game into extra innings. In his only two other appearances at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox righty hadn't allowed a hit over two innings. - Bogaerts made a bad error with two outs in the fifth inning, letting a Chris Young grounder play him after not charging in on it. The result was the ball skipping by the shortstop with barely any leather touching baseball. Needless to day, both offensively and defensively, he got better as the game went on. - Rodriguez collected his third hit of the season at an inopportune time for the the Red Sox, lining a single into left field to score Gregorio Petit from third base to cut the hosts' deficit to two runs. - Robbie Ross Jr. couldn't totally put on the flames in the sixth inning after coming on with the bases loaded and one out. The lefty -- who had allowed hitters a 1.080 OPS in such situations throughout his career -- succumbed to a deep sacrifice fly to right by Brian McCann, pulling the Yankees to within a run. The lefty did, however, get Headley to pop out to end the threat. - Mike Napoli went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and remains without a hit this season. - With runners on first and second and two outs in the 10th inning, John Farrell chose not to pinch-hit for Leon against reliever Andrew Miller even with Allen Craig still on the bench. The result was an inning-ending strikeout. Leon came up again in the 13th inning with Bogaerts at first base and got down a well-executed sacrifice bunt, moving the runner into scoring position with one out.

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