It took 14 innings and 15 walks, but the Boston Red Sox were finally able to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in the wee hours of Thursday morning. The Red Sox blew chance after chance to push key runs across the plate until Jackie Bradley Jr. was able to drive in two runs in the 14th inning with a double down the right field line.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura's mixing and matching with his pitchers wound up depleting his bullpen and that left the team with a position player, Leury Garcia, on the mound in the 14th inning.
Clay Buchholz started the game for the Red Sox and lasted six innings. He was followed by six guys out of the bullpen with Chris Capuano picking up the win and Burke Badenhop coming in to get the final out and a save.
As nice as it was for the Red Sox to stop their three game losing streak it still has to be a concern that their offense collected just six hits all night long. It took the opposing team having a utility player on the mound for them to break through with a clutch hit.
These two teams will wrap up their series on Thursday with Jon Lester taking the hill for Boston and Chris Sale going for Chicago. Both pitchers will be expected to go deep into the game because obviously both bullpens are spent.