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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bradley caps long Sox walk in Chicago

By Gordon Edes


CHICAGO -- You will likely wait a long time to see another game like this one, a 6-4, 14-inning Red Sox win over the White Sox in which Chicago pitchers issued 15 walks but Boston didn't win until Jackie Bradley Jr. cashed in the last two of those walks with a double off utility infielder Leury Garcia. Be glad of it.

Consider:

• The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base safely at least 23 times in a game in which they had six or fewer hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Fifteen walks, two hit batsmen, six hits.

• The last time the Sox had at least 15 walks in a game and six or fewer hits also came against the White Sox: May 7, 1992, when the Sons of Butch Hobson blew a 6-0 lead and lost, 7-6, at Comiskey Park. The Sox only had one other such game in their history, and that one took place on July 7, 1949, an 8-4 win over the Washington Senators. That game was played over two days: suspended in the seventh inning on July 7, completed Aug. 20.

Jackie Bradley Jr.
Jackie Bradley Jr. connects on his game-winning double in the 14th inning.
• The last team to walk at least 15 batters in a game while striking out five or fewer batters was the Toronto Blue Jays, on May 19, 2002, against Seattle.

• This was the eighth time in club history the Red Sox have received 15 or more walks in a game. The club record is 18, in a 14-13, 12-inning loss to the Tigers on Sept. 17, 1920.

• This was the sixth time in White Sox history that they have walked 15 or more in a game. The club record is 16, set on May 2, 1952, against the Philadelphia Athletics.

• The 275 pitches thrown by eight White Sox pitchers, including utility infielder Leury Garcia, are the most ever thrown by a White Sox team in a game of 14 innings or fewer. They've had games of 310 pitches (18 2/3 IP), 299 (19 IP) and 289 (16 IP).

Of those 275 pitches thrown by the White Sox, only 144 were strikes, or 52 percent.

John Farrell's reaction?

"We had multiple, multiple opportunities with men on base, and we're still grinding away, and we didn't come out of our approach. We took base on balls when they were issued, which was a lot. Thankfully, we walked away with a win.

"When they're putting up the probable pitchers for tomorrow on the board, we know we're deep into the night but we came out with a win. We started out with three straight hits and thought maybe it was a night we would break out.

"Bottom line is, we came away with a win."

• Facing a position player was hardly a guarantee that the Red Sox would emerge with a win. On May 6, 2012, Chris Davis pitched a scoreless 16th and 17th against the Red Sox, and the Orioles scored three runs off Darnell McDonald to win it.