Red Sox outlast Yankees in 19 innings

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The Red Sox scored in the 16th and 18th innings, but it wasn’t enough. It took them 19 innings and over seven hours to finally finish off the Yankees on Friday night, winning 6-5 after a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly.

While the game ended more than seven hours after it started, technically, it lasted 6:49; there was a 16-minute delay after a lighting stand went out in the 10th. By time of game, it was the longest contest in Red Sox history and second longest for the Yankees.

By number of innings, it was the second longest Red Sox-Yankees marathon. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 in 20 innings on Aug. 29, 1967. Amazingly enough, that was the second game of a doubleheader.

Tonight’s game featured the Red Sox jumping out to a 3-0 lead against starter Nathan Eovaldi. The Yankees rallied for two in the bottom of the sixth, and then tied it in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth, when Chase Headley homered off Boston’s fill-in closer, Edward Mujica, with two outs in the frame.

That was it for the scoring until David Ortiz homered off Esmil Rogers in the 16th. The Yankees responded when Mark Teixeira took knuckleballer Steven Wright deep in the bottom of the inning.

In the 18th, Pablo Sandoval singled in Dustin Pedroia to make it a 5-4 game. Carlos Beltran then doubled in pinch-runner John Ryan Murphy to tie it back up.

Wright was the winner despite blowing the two leads. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs. He’ll now be sent down to make room for Saturday’s starter, Joe Kelly.

Rogers was offered up as a sacrifice by the Yankees. He threw 35 pitches Thursday, and the team would have preferred to stay away from him entirely tonight. In fact, manager Joe Girardi let Chasen Shreve throw 3 1/3 innings — his long outing since Double-A — before turning to Rogers in the 14th. Rogers went on to pitch 4 2/3 innings and throw 81 pitches. He can’t be optioned out, so the Yankees might well find a reason to put him on the DL before Saturday’s game. After 116 pitches in two days, they probably won’t have to look very hard.

On the offensive side, Pablo Sandoval and Xander Bogaerts had four-hit games for Boston. All four of Bogaerts’ hits came in extras. Mike Napoli, meanwhile, went 0-for-8 with four strikeouts. The Yankees had no one with more than two hits. Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius both went 1-for-6 in the contest, even though neither started.

Dustin Pedroia going back on injured list

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Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.

Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.

Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.

I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.

It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.