First off, Happy Independence Day to all the Red Sox fans out there. I’m sure you don’t want to read a long blog on this holiday so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
Rick Porcello had one of his better starts over the past few weeks, finishing with a line of 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, and 3 K’s. Porcello really only made two mistake pitches, both of which resulted in solo home runs. The first came off the bat of Rougned Odor in the fourth, and the second came off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the seventh. That one shouldn’t have even happened, sending your pitcher out for the seventh when he has already thrown like 103 pitches is asinine. Can’t blame a tired Porcello for that one. In relief of Porcello, the bullpen was not at the top of their game. Matt Barnes finished the seventh fine, Robby Scott gave up a run while failing to record an out, Joe Kelly finished off the eighth, Craig Kimbrel blew a save, and Heath Hembree arguably put on the best performance, pitching two shutout innings while notching his first win of the year. It’s unusual to see Kimbrel struggle the way he did last night, but giving up a lead-off home run probably can do that to elite closers.
Offensively and defensively too, the Red Sox do not win this game if Dustin Pedroia was not in the lineup. The veteran second baseman did it all last night, saving runs from being scored while also driving them in. The biggest play he made came in the ninth, after the game had already been tied up.
The way he plays it off that deflection alonf with that flick to Moreland is insane, too. At the plate, Pedroia drove in four of the seven runs the Red Sox scored. He gave them the lead in the second and in the sixth. The guy who drove in the other two runs? Andrew Benintendi. The rookie didn’t get the start last night, but he had the biggest hit. With no outs in the eleventh, Benintendi blooped a single into the outfield, out of reach to anyone. The single scored Tzu-Wei Lin and Mookie Betts, and that was all the Red Sox would need to win their fifth consecutive game.
Five in a row, David Price is on the mound tonight, he got lit up in Arlington last year, happy fourth!
48 down, ? to go.