In a game headlined by the debut of the biggest name moved in the off-season Chris Sale, the Pirates pitching stole the show. The pitching, as a whole, was very consistent and didn’t break until the 12th inning.
Jameson Taillon started the game for Pittsburgh opposite Sale and he pitched phenomenally. He went seven strong innings while only giving up five hits. Taillon also surprisingly gave up three walks, but struck out six batters. As a rookie he accomplished one of the best K:BB ratios for any first year player. Hudson, Rivero, Watson, and Nicasio all pitched shutout innings and helped keep the door shut on the Boston offense and to extend it to extra innings.
The dagger in the Pirates side came after Antonio Bastardo entered the game in the bottom of the 12th inning, got Chris Young to fly out, but walked the next two batters. The next batter, Red Sox catcher Sandy León, hit a three-run shot over the green monster.
The game was a pitchers duel throughout and only 13 hits resulted from this. The pitchers battled and the Sox pulled out a tough victory where no one except León made a huge difference for Boston. McCutchen threw a man out at the plate to help Taillon out of a jam in the 5th inning.
The two teams play tomorrow at 1:35 P.M. at Fenway as Chad Kuhl faces southpaw Eduardo Rodríguez in the third and final game of the series. The two teams will not play again this regular season and the team goes back home for the home opener Friday against Atlanta.