After blowing a ninth inning lead to the New York Yankees on Monday night, Jonathan Papelbon came on for the Boston Red Sox and closed the door Tuesday. The Red Sox emerged victorious after Jeremy Hermida delivered the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth inning.
Mariano Rivera entered the game in the top of the ninth inning in a non-save situation. The Yankees believed Rivera would be able to take care of the bottom of the Red Sox order and the leadoff hitter.
Mike Lowell began the inning with a ground-out to third, the Yankees feeling optimistic after their walk-off win the night before. Then the number nine hitter Darnell McDonald then smacked his only hit of the night into left-center.
Then the lead-off hitter Marco Scutaro reached on a fielding error by Marcus Thames, who delivered a walk-off homerun Tuesday night off Papelbon. Rivera and the Yankees were not feeling so optimistic anymore.
Then the Yankees got some hope when Dustin Pedroia grounded out to first base. The out allowed McDonald and Scutaro to advance, although they more than likely would have scored on the next play anyway.
Jeremy Hermida came on as a defensive replacement for J.D. Drew in the bottom of the eighth inning. Drew had a double of his own in the top of the eight, and the Red Sox might have been questioning their substitution of Drew who had two hits on the night.
The Boston outfielder then delivered the game-winning double that scored both runners and gave the Red Sox a 7-5 lead. It was Hermida’s only hit in the two-game series with the division rivals.
Rivera said after the loss that despite coming in the game in the middle of a tough situation, it’s still his job to shut down the opposing team.
“I got a chance to still do my job to get [Hermida] out and nothing would have happened,” Rivera said. “That’s part of the game. You still have to get the job done.”
Joba Chamberlain looked impressive, taking a five-run lead into the top of the eight. He then unraveled and allowed the Red Sox to tie the game at five. Though Rivera will be credited with the loss, Chamberlain still feels he is responsible for the loss.
“Mo gets the loss, but I feel it’s my responsibility,” Chamberlain said.
Papelbon then came on in the bottom of the ninth for his chance for revenge.
“I was hoping all night long I would get another chance,” Papelbon said. “It’s a heavyweight fight. They might get one good blow in but they’re not going to knock me down.”
The Boston closer then did what Rivera couldn’t, and recorded the save despite allowing a run off a Robinson Cano double. After the double, a sacrifice, ground out, and strikeout ended any hopes of the Yankees coming back for the second night in a row
The Yankees open up a series with the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night, and Online Sportsbooks have set them as the favorite on the moneyline at -155. The over/under for the game is set at 9 1/2.