By Jason Feng
The Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks 5-1 on the strong pitching performance of Stephen McCabe on Tuesday (9/8). In the first inning, Diamondbacks starter Will Brown managed to hold the Red Sox to no runs even with the bases loaded thanks to 3 strikeouts. The Red Sox defense also didn’t allow any runs in the first because of strong fielding from the infield. In the second inning both teams denied runs due to excellent pitching.
The game started to shape up to be a low scoring one because in the third inning no runs were scored by the Red Sox on the behalf of the Diamondbacks infield. The Red Sox did the same with two strikeouts by McCabe and a nice throw from Jack Allen to stop a stolen base. In the fourth inning, the Red Sox finally got runs on the board when Quinn Pimental stole home base and Chris Sprague drove Liam Sullivan in for a two-run lead. The Diamondbacks answered back as Cole Blackburn hit a triple to get on base and scored off of a single from Will Brown.
In the fifth inning the leading Red Sox were shut down by reliever Justin Guidara. The Red Sox did a great job of managing their lead due to their consistent fielding and great pitching. In the final inning, the Red Sox added another 3 runs to their total as Richie Masterpol was able to steal home and then Ryan Kutylo hit a clutch, 2-RBI single to bring in Stephen McCabe and Chris Sprague. The Diamondbacks looked to make a big comeback but Red Sox ace and infield proved to be too resilient and closed the game out as a 5-1 win for the Red Sox.
Diamondbacks’ Cole Blackburn facing Red Sox pitcher Stephen McCabe.
The Red Sox Ryan Kutylo faces Diamondbacks pitcher George Boksanski.