Okay, yes, it’s a terrible pun…but I love bad puns. Anyway, the prime time game of the night was Boston vs Seattle. Both teams are scuffling, but it is baseball and thus I watched. It was a Red Sox laugher in the end, 12-5. JD Martinez had a good game at the plate going 4/5 and scoring 3. However, it was Trevor Story who was the star of the night. He had 5 plate appearances—two two-run homers, a three-run homer, a single, and a walk. That’s 4 hits, 3 of which were home runs, 7 RBI, plus a stolen base. Two of those bombs left Fenway over the Green Monster. That was a pretty good night for him.
It was not a good night for pitching. In addition to the slugging, the two teams allowed 3 runs to be forced in by bases loaded walks and another by a bases loaded hit by pitch (3 Red Sox runs, 1 Mariners run). Ew.
It was also not a great night for Scott Servais. The Mariners skipper sent rookie starting pitcher George Kirby out to the mound to start the sixth, with the score tied 4-4, then decided to replace him with Sergio Romo. Problem is Kirby had already taken his 8 warm up pitches, so he had to face the first batter. Alex Verdugo promptly doubled. Then Romo gave up a single to Story…at which point Verdugo scored because of a throwing error by the CF. That made the unfortunate Kirby the pitcher of record when he would not have been had Servais been more decisive. Then of course came the seventh when three Mariners pitchers combined to give up three runs on a double, a single, three walks and a HBP. Ew again.