Boston Red Sox 2, Toronto Blue Jays 1: Connor Wong The Unexpected Hero in 3-Hit Series Opener

Boston Red Sox

Connor Wong, who was recalled from Triple-A Worcester yesterday following Kevin Plawecki’s positive COVID test, ended up being the hero Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox used just three hits to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, in the series opener.

Wong’s seventh-inning, one-out 298-foot sac fly was all that was needed as it scored Bobby Dalbec, who reached base on a throwing error from Jays shortstop Bo Bichette. Back-to-back doubles from Kiké Hernandez and Trevor Story put Boston on the board in the third inning.

Nathan Eovaldi went into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and a walk but punched out six and let up just one run that came from a solo blast from Zack Collins in the second inning. Facing Collins, the righty was pulled with two outs in the fifth for Matt Strahm, who finished the inning before he (1.1), Hansel Robles (1.2), Jake Diekman (0.1), and Garrett Whitlock combined for 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to give Boston their sixth win of the season.

The Sox also had Christian Vazquez and Jonathan Arauz head to the COVID IL, and Rich Hill head to the bereavement list. Suddenly, Ronaldo Hernandez, Rob Refsnyder, and Tyler Danish are all with the Red Sox — they were all available for use Tuesday night, along with Wong, who started.

Whitlock with scare

With one out left in the ninth, Bobby Dalbec stretched to his right before throwing on to Whitlock at first base for Boston’s 26th out of the ballgame. But, as Whitlock ran to first, he stumbled a bit, and the training staff came out. Whitlock seemed to be OK though as he shook it off and grabbed the final out of the ballgame.

We’ll hear from Alex Cora postgame if it’s anything serious.

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