In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.BOSTON -- It's only fitting that on Draft
In recognition of the 2017 MLB Draft, which runs through Wednesday, we are including where and when each player was drafted. For complete coverage of the Draft -- which you can watch live in its entirety on MLB.com -- please visit Draft Central.
BOSTON -- It's only fitting that on Draft night a former Arizona State player would drive in another Sun Devil to help the Red Sox complete a 6-5 win over the Phillies on Monday night.
It took 11 innings, but with one swing of the bat, Dustin Pedroia (second round, 2004 Draft, Arizona State University) was able to give the Red Sox their first and final lead of the night.
Pedroia sent a single right through first and second base into right field, scoring Deven Marrero (24th overall pick, 2012 Draft, Arizona State University) from second.
"With two strikes, you're just trying to battle and hit the ball where it's pitched," Pedroia said about the game-winning hit. "I was lucky enough to find a hole and go for the cutter again."
Philadelphia found itself up four runs after the first inning, and leading 5-4 heading into the eighth, but it was unable to keep Boston's offense from pushing the affair into extras. This is the Phillies sixth straight loss.
Rick Porcello (27th overall pick, 2007 Draft, Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey) continued his struggle to keep opposing batters off the bases. The righty gave up 10 hits and five runs in six innings, and he brought his hits-allowed total this season to 114, which leads the Majors. He found himself in deep waters early, giving up four runs in the first inning.
"The first inning I'm just trying to establish the fastball and they did a good job of getting some hits off of it," Porcello said. "One pitch from getting out of that inning and I failed to execute a slider and left it up a little bit. … They got a couple hits after that and scored those four runs. After that, I just settled and changed speeds a little bit better and the results were a lot better after."
The first inning was the seventh time this season in which Porcello has given up at least three runs in an inning.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (15th round, 2011 Draft, Olney Central College) left the game in position for the win, but he was stuck with the no-decision after Hanley Ramirez hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning. Eickhoff is the first Phillies pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2012 to go winless in his first 13 starts of the season. Eickhoff is also the only pitcher in the Majors with no wins and at least seven losses.
"It was tough," said Eickhoff. "I was trying to keep us in the game the best I could. These guys did a really good job getting us out to a good lead."
"Eickhoff battled," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "His command control wasn't that good early, then he settled down and threw pretty well. He started using his curveball pretty well."
Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (fifth round, 2011 Draft, John Overton High School in Tennessee) doubled in his first three at-bats and finished the night 4-for-5 with an RBI.
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Nava reconnects with Fenway, saves the day: With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Red Sox found themselves with runners on first and second base and Jackie Bradley Jr. (40th overall, 2011 Draft, University of South Carolina) up to bat. Bradley hit a pop fly along the left-field line that looked destined for foul territory, except Daniel Nava, who played for the Red Sox from 2010-2014, made the jumping grab against the wall. The left fielder quickly shifted focus, lasering the ball to second base to force out Andrew Benintendi (seventh overall, 2015 Draft, University of Arkansas) at second base, ending the inning.
"You can't say enough about how we played these guys in Boston," said Mackanin. "We played them tough, had chances to win, came out swinging early, couldn't add on. Two big plays in the game were Nava's double play when he caught that foul ball and doubled off the runner at second. And Betts cutting that ball off in right-center-field was huge."
Hanley conquers the Monster: The Red Sox were down, 5-4, in the eighth inning with two outs, and Ramirez picked a good time to make solid contact with the ball. Boston's designated hitter blasted the first pitch he saw, an 86.3-mph slider, well past the Green Monster to tie the game up. The ball was launched 452 feet, per Statcast™, making it Ramirez's second longest homer of the season.
"They had those two lefties up and [Joaquin] Benoit handled them very well," said Mackanin. "Then, of course, Ramirez, you can't make a mistake to him. First pitch he threw him [was] a cement mixer down the middle. That's not what he wanted to do, but he did it."
"It's pretty pro. There's a lot of Sun Devils in the show. I think we have the most right now, so it's an exclusive club." -- Pedroia, on his alma mater
"He had the green light. It was pretty close. At this point, we've got to take chances. We can't sit back. We don't have the firepower to sit back." -- Mackanin, on Howie Kendrick being thrown out in the ninth inning attempting his fourth steal of the game
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Pedroia's walk-off single was only the second walk-off hit of his career. The first came on June 19, 2010, against the Dodgers.
"Very surprising considering the number of games he's played here and how good of a hitter he is," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "I wouldn't have known that given his career here in Boston."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the top of the fourth inning, the Phillies issued a challenge on a play at second base where Nava was called out attempting to stretch a single into a double. After a two-minute and six-second review, the call stood.
In the top of the ninth inning, there was a crew chief review for a close out call at second base on a stolen base attempt from Kendrick (10th round, 2002 Draft, St. John River Community College). The review took one minute and 42 seconds, and the call stood.
Phillies: Right-hander Ben Lively (fourth round, 2013 Draft, University of Central Florida) will make his third career start and will look to make it three straight of seven or more innings. The Phillies' starter (1-1, 2.57 ERA) will be making his Fenway Park debut, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Red Sox: Left-hander David Price (first overall, 2007 Draft, Vanderbilt University) will look to respond coming off of his first loss of the 2017 season, as the Red Sox finish up their two-game with the Phillies set heading off to Philadelphia for the conclusion of the Interleague series. This will be Price's (1-1, 5.29 ERA) first start against the Phillies since 2012.
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Evan Chronis is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.
Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Phillies on Monday.