Those brave enough to bet against the red-hot Red Sox (and the under) for the first five innings got off to a decent start in Fenway tonight. The Jays struck first in the top of the first on a Teoscar Hernandez two-run shot. That gave Toronto a 2-0 lead, which held until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Toronto hurler J.A. Happ kept the Red Sox scoreless over the first three frames, much to the delight of first five under (5) and Jays moneyline (+135) bettors. However, it all fell apart in the home half of the fourth.
After Happ struck out Blake Swihart to start the inning, Xander Bogaerts singled. Brock Holt then reached (after a successful Sox challenge) on a Devon Travis fielding error. That put two on with only one out. Time to sweat if you had Toronto or the under for the first five innings.
Things only got more painful from there, as Eduardo Nunez then reached on an infield single to load the bases. Two of the three men on base got on in questionable fashion.
Happ settled down and got Sandy Leon to hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning. That did get the Sox on the board, but the Blue Jays were just one out away from getting out of the inning.
Under and Toronto backers wouldn’t get that critical out with the next batter, as Jackie Bradley drew a walk to reload the bases. That brought up AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts. Uh oh.
The at-bat was an absolute war. Betts fouled off pitch after pitch and eventually got to a full count. It was absolutely excruciating for anybody who wagered on the first five innings. And on the 13th pitch of the at-bat…
13 pitches later…
MOOKIE BETTS LAUNCHES ONE OVER THE MONSTAH!!! #RedSox take the lead
BEST. TEAM. IN. BASEBALL. pic.twitter.com/zhzsQNcXXV
— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) July 13, 2018
See. You. Later. A two-out, two-strike grand slam to plate four more unearned runs to give the Sox a 5-2 lead. Neither team scored from that point on through five innings.
The Sox won the first five by a score of 5-2 on five unearned runs. Multiple moose. Brutal.