June 15, 2024

Purple Sox

The Purple Sox had their possibilities, however the Dodgers capitalized once they wanted to.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas tags Purple Sox catcher Connor Wong for the third out within the eighth inning. Barry Chin/Globe Workers

COMMENTARY

On an evening the place the Purple Sox had a main alternative to maneuver a recreation nearer to the Blue Jays and Astros, they ran out of steam in opposition to a deadly Los Angeles Dodgers workforce that pounces on its opponents’ weaknesses.

Boston constructed an early lead, however Los Angeles rallied, seized command, and held the Purple Sox off late to earn a 7-4 win Friday at Fenway Park.

It appeared as if the Purple Sox (68-61) had a shot to choose up their third consecutive victory, nonetheless the Dodgers (79-48) had different concepts.

Sure, outdated good friend Mookie Betts had one thing to do with it.

Right here’s the way it went down:

A number of gamers did harm in opposition to their former workforce.

For these conserving observe at residence, right here’s a pleasant reminder: Former Dodgers Alex Verdugo, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen at the moment are on the Purple Sox, and Boston’s supervisor is Alex Cora.

Former Purple Sox Betts, Kiké Hernández, and Ryan Brasier at the moment are on the Dodgers, and Los Angeles’ supervisor is Dave Roberts.

Verdugo, who got here to Boston within the Betts deal, blasted a solo shot to proper off Lance Lynn within the first inning to open the scoring. He added a single within the seventh and one other within the eighth to complete 3-for-5.

Turner had an uncharacteristically quiet night time on the plate (0 for five with a strikeout).

Betts (1 for 4, 2 runs), in the meantime, acquired a standing ovation and delivered. He started the sport 0-for-2, then began the Dodgers’ rally within the sixth with a double to left. The Dodgers strung a number of high quality at-bats collectively, and Hernández supplied a pointy single to right-center late within the inning that made it 3-3.

Betts walked within the seventh and scored the eventual successful run.

It felt inevitable that Betts and Hernández can be heard from in some capability. Hernández entered the night time hitting .292 with two residence runs and 15 RBIs in August with the Dodgers. Betts has emerged as a official Most Useful Participant candidate.

Trevor Story made some noise.

Trevor Story has sizzled at shortstop straight away in his return, persistently making performs together with his glove that his fill-ins struggled to grasp.

On the plate, it’s been a piece in progress. Throughout the Apple TV+ broadcast, Purple Sox supervisor Alex Cora reminded listeners that it’s not straightforward to come back again to the majors and ship on the plate – even after variety of minor league reps.

Story had a giant day with 4 hits in opposition to the Tigers in mid-August, however within the seven video games that adopted, he recorded simply two complete hits.

On Thursday, he registered two hits and an RBI in Boston’s 17-1 demolition of Houston. In opposition to the Dodgers, he launched a two-run homer over the Inexperienced Monster that scored Triston Casas and made it 3-0 Purple Sox within the second.

Story added a single to middle within the sixth, although he did strike out within the eighth.

Kutter Crawford was sharp total. Nick Pivetta, not a lot.

Kutter Crawford allowed two earned runs on 4 hits over five-plus innings, putting out seven and strolling one.

Crawford was terrific the vast majority of the best way, conserving a high-octane Dodgers lineup in test early. He bumped into some hassle within the sixth, as Betts and Freddie Freeman (4 for five) began the inning with hits.

Nick Pivetta entered and surrendered two extra hits because the Dodgers tied the sport. Pivetta allowed three extra runs within the seventh, and Los Angeles shortly turned a three-run deficit right into a three-run lead.

Pivetta has allowed a minimum of two runs in six of his final seven video games.

The Purple Sox tried to rally however fell brief.

Within the backside of the seventh, with runners on first and second and no outs, Turner swung at a 3-0 pitch and grounded to 3rd.

Max Muncy stepped on the bag and tried to nab Turner at first for the 5-3 double play, however he threw it away. Rafael Devers scurried residence and Turner hustled to second. That made it 6-4, nonetheless nothing materialized from there.

Verdugo slapped a single to proper within the eighth, however Casas stopped at third and Connor Wong acquired caught in a pickle.

Los Angeles added another within the ninth. Devers singled, however the Purple Sox fell brief.