Friday’s wild Red Sox-Rays game had a little bit of everything: great pitching, timely hitting, bench-clearing scuffles, a walk-off win, and, of course, supposed intentionally-hit batsmen and ejections.
The game did also produce some interesting trivia for baseball fans: name a time that a major league team utilized four – yes four – managers in a single game.
That happened for the Red Sox on Friday, as multiple ejections caused John Farrell to be ejected in the first; bench coach Torey Lovullo to be thrown out in the fourth; and, for good measure, third base coach Brian Butterfield to get tossed in the sixth.
By the time A.J. Pierzynski’s walk-off triple propelled the Red Sox to victory in the tenth, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn had taken over as acting manager. Pitching coach Juan Nieves supervised the pitching staff and came out to the mound to make changes.
Farrell’s ejection in the first inning was for arguing with home plate umpire Dan Bellino after David Price hit David Ortiz and both benches were issued immediate warnings.
Lovullo was thrown out in the fourth after Mike Carp was nailed by Price, and despite the warnings, the Tampa lefthander wasn’t ejected, to which Lovullo took exception with.
Butterfield’s was for something he didn’t even do, as it was Brandon Workman who threw behind Evan Longoria in the sixth, prompting Bellino to eject Workman. Butterfield also got the heave-ho automatically as he was the manager at the time Workman was ejected due to the warning.
The Red Sox didn’t let the ejections get them down, as it was a tight game all the way until the end. The Red Sox tied it with a run in the fifth and one in a seventh. Jonny Gomes scored the game-winning run on Pierzynski’s triple after he was hit by Juan Carlos Oviedo.