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- The first five innings total between the Red Sox and Indians was set at 5.5 runs.
- Under bettors felt like they had a sure winner after neither team scored over the first 4.5 innings.
- However, it all went downhill in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Red Sox scored six runs.
It was a quiet early afternoon in baseball dominated by pitching. That’s always a good thing for under bettors. If you have a card full of unders while at work on a weekday afternoon, you know things are going well when your phone isn’t getting lit up with notifications from The Action Network app.
Well, those who bet the first-five innings under 5.5 runs in the Indians-Red Sox game didn’t get a single notification through the first 4.5 innings. Good times.
The only thing standing in front of their afternoon winner was the home half of the fifth. As long as the Red Sox didn’t score six runs, they would cash their tickets.
I doubt six runs even crossed the mind of even the most pessimistic bettor — even after Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. led off the inning with back-to-back hits — especially since Mookie Betts then flied out for the first out of the inning.
However, it all went downhill from there.
Adam Plutko then walked Andrew Benintendi to load the bases before allowing a two-run double off the bat of Blake Swihart. The Tribe decided to walk MVP candidate J.D. Martinez to load the bases again before making a call to their pen. That decision also backfired, as Xander Bogaerts also laced a double (this time against reliever Adam Cimber) that plated two more runs.
The Sox now led 4-0 with the over-clinching run in scoring position. Now, under bettors really started to squirm and probably decided to “go to the bathroom” at work to sweat the rest of the inning.
And believe it or not, the Indians decided to intentionally walk Brock Holt to LOAD THE BASES AGAIN!
Guess what happened? Yup, Eduardo Nunez hit ANOTHER two-run double to give the Sox a 6-0 lead, leaving first five under bettors in absolute shock.
Six runs in the inning on three two-run doubles, which all came after Cleveland walked the bases loaded — twice intentionally. To add insult to injury (as if first five under bettors needed any) — the full game stayed under 10 runs.
Shake it off, Tyler. College football is a little more than 48 hours away.