Wild and Eventful Game at Fenway Sees Division Lead Increase

Jonathan Grant | August 4th, 2018

It just keeps happening. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees just keep having eventful games to steal the headlines. The same thing could be said about the Red Sox. They just keep winning. And as a result of that, they continue to sail further and further away from their rival Yankees and everyone else. On Friday night, they laid down a marker by increasing their advantage in the AL East to a 7.5 game lead.

They did so after a game that included quite a few big moments that make a journalist’s job very easy. To begin with, the 4-1 Sox win, like so many that have come before against the Bronx Bombers, was a feisty one. It began with an innocent hit by pitch after Rick Porcello hit Brett Gardner, leading off the game, with a pitch. When Mookie Betts came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning, he was hit and all hell broke loose as a result, despite neither team being able to confirm the intent or lack thereof after the game.

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Both teams got a warning right then and there, setting us up for one of those kinds of nights. Only a matter of seconds went by before Sox manager Alex Cora was tossed after a tirade full of expletives about the situation. Both teams admitted they didn’t like the approach by the umpires and that the game changed a little as a result of the decision, but it was probably the right call in the end to ensure the game didn’t turn into a bench-clearing melee.

What will be lost in all of this is the fact that Boston’s starter Porcello gave up just one hit all night- a one run home run from Miguel Andujar in the third frame. A complete game one hitter, with his team extending their lead to 7.5 games, and a big win over a rival. All of that, yet the prevailing story that covers it up will be the drama with Cora. Luckily, at least for them, they weren’t affected too much by it. It looks like the Bobby Cox effect of getting kicked out and spurring your team to victory worked a charm yet again.

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