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Red Sox 9, Tigers 6: Doggone it!

Tigers downed by rain, as rally comes up short and bullpen foils comeback attempt

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox got on the board first, scoring their first run in the first inning on a leadoff double from Mookie Betts, who advanced and scored on back-to-back groundouts. Tigers starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter allowed two singles in the second inning, but they did not lead to runs. However in the third, a leadoff single from Betts resulted in a run thanks to a home run blast off the bat of Rafael Devers, making the score 3-0 for the Red Sox.

The Tigers threatened in the third inning, getting a leadoff double from Niko Goodrum. But it didn’t result in any runs, as John Hicks and Jordy Mercer struck out and Victor Reyes grounded out to end the threat. The Tigers had a breakthrough in the fourth inning, with a two-out Brandon Dixon single, followed by a Jeimer Candelario double, putting the Tigers on the board.

For all his previous struggles, Carpenter actually fared decently in this game, firing 5 innings of three run ball. He would not get a chance to go for a sixth inning as a rainstorm led to a two hour delay, ending his night. His final line, five innings, seven hits, three runs, one walk, four strikeouts.

A two-hour rain delay can be a real drag. The tarp was on, then pulled off, then put back on. Fortunately several MLB teams decided to liven up the delay with pictures of dogs.

The game resumed with Jose Cisnero taking the mound and he promptly gave up a double, single, and double, to push the Red Sox lead to 4-1, with runners on second and third with nobody out...

Man this is depressing. Let’s go back to dog pictures.

As luck would have it, our very own managing editor, Rob Rogacki, got a new puppy tonight. This is Fred.

And here’s some more dog tweets from MLB thread

[checks score] they’re losing 6-1

What’s better than one doggo? Two Doggos!

Oh hey, the Tigers have scored a run in the sixth, maybe they can get back into this thing!

Oh wow, they actually have a rally going here. Harold Castro came through with a line drive off the glove of Jackie Bradley Jr., making it a 6-4 game. It seems dog tweets are fuelling this rally. In that case...

Hicks delivers a single the scores Castro. Its a 6-5 game! This dog is happy about this rally (cause it keeps the Tigers back in the race for top draft pick)

Gregory Soto comes on and punches out JD Martinez, gets into some two out trouble, but retires the side without allowing a run to score. Puppy is happy!

Tigers try to rally in the bottom of the seventh but can't get more than a two out single from Miguel Cabrera. Yawn.

Austin Adams comes on trying to hold the le- nope never mind, just like that a 6-5 game becomes a 9-5 game. Tigers bullpen be like...

[Editor’s note: this is my favorite dog of all time]

Nothing in the bottom of the eighth but nothing in the top of the ninth. All comes down to the bottom of the ninth. Hicks leads off with a home run. Good start!

Outs from Mercer and Reyes left it up to Nicholas Castellanos to keep the rally going. But he struck out, and this dog is wondering why I thought they would pull this out.

Final score: Red Sox 9, Tigers 6. Good Night.