Red Sox hold off late charge from Blue Jays, avoid sweep here in Toronto

Stefan Luciani
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Final Score: 6-5

TORONTO–Alejandro Kirk is by far one of the best hitters in all of baseball right now. So it’s understandable that some pitchers would try to rattle him. Connor Seabold beamed him in the elbow in Monday’s opener with a couple more missing well inside. 


This carried over to Wednesday night when Canadian starter Nick Pivetta missed high and inside during Kirk’s early at-bat, finally clipping his wing during their meeting in the third. Kirk seemed unphased, shaking out his arm before getting ready to collect his free base. But Charlie Montoyo came out to check on his catcher while exchanging some pleasantries with Pivetta who took exception. 


It wasn’t long before cameras panned to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who was less than thrilled with the plunking of their best hitter. It didn’t exactly take some serious sleuthing to read Vladdy’s lips before benches cleared and came together on the third baseline.


The melee was defused quickly without any serious physicality as the brush-up produced - as usual - a whole lot of nothing.


Pivetta though, known for getting rattled easily in some situations, remained solid through the night, going six innings giving up just two runs on five hits to help his team to a 6-5 victory to avoid the sweep here in the city. 


Alek Manoah was on the bump for Toronto and although delivered a solid outing, was not the killer we’re used to seeing him be night in and night out. He went seven full innings surrendering three runs on five hits while sitting down six for the no-decision.

The Blue Jays came down to their final six outs down a run in the eighth, but made things interesting with a Raimel Tapia double that brought around Bradley Zimmer for the equalizer. Unlike Wednesday though, this one would not be decided in nine as we headed to the 10th to find a winner. 


David Phelps came in for the 10th, and had absolutely no command. He loaded the bases before plunking J.D. Martinez to walk in the go-ahead run. He then surrendered a double to a hot Alex Verdugo which brought around two to give the Sox a 6-3 lead.


The Jays again proved they wouldn’t go down without a fight, cashing a couple of runs in the bottom of the frame, but the Sox would subdue the threat this time to hold on for the victory.