RECAP: Mookie Betts and Doug Fister come up huge as #RedSox end July with a 6-2 win.

Hours after acquiring Addison Reed, the Red Sox and Indians kicked off a three game series at Fenway Park. Doug Fister, who had yet to pick up a win for his new club, was matched up against the Tribe’s Mike Clevinger. Up to today, Fister has been a disappointment, owning an ERA north of seven. Perhaps it’s him just getting more comfortable, or he just wanted to prove his doubters wrong, but Fister was lights out for 99% of his start on Monday. In the 7.2 innings he pitched, the 33 year-old scattered five hits and two walks while striking out five Indians. It was a bit surprising to see him come out for the eighth, but it was nothing I was upset with. After allowing a lead off single and getting the first two outs of the eighth, Bradley Zimmer took Fister deep to right field, into the Red Sox bullpen. That would be the last pitch Fister would throw, and he got a well deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. This was really vintage Doug Fister, what he did consistently in Detroit for years, and he’s earned himself another start later this week. Brandon Workman came into the game after the home run, and he got the last four outs, clinching the win.

The bats kicked things off early on Monday, scoring three times in the second after a scoreless first. Mookie Betts drove in Mitch Moreland and Christian Vazquez on a two out single, and Eduardo Nunez drove in Betts on an RBI double that could have kept the inning going if Brock Holt was not called out at home. Mookie continued racking up RBIs in the fourth, driving in Mitch Moreland on a RBI single. Eduardo Nunez did this as well, scoring Vazquez from third on another RBI single. As part of the huge day he had, Rafael Devers drove in Nunez on a RBI single in the seventh, giving the Red Sox their sixth and final run. In his sixth career Major League game, Devers collected four hits while never recording an out. Compared to how Yoan Moncada looked in his first few games last season, Devers has looked much more composed. In 24 AB’s, Devers already has an OPS over 1.000 while only striking out five times.

With the moves they made on Monday, the Yankees look legit. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time for the Red Sox to go on a run. Was today the start of one? We’ll have to see.

Also, I hope Yoan Moncada is okay after what happened to him last night, seemed scary.

58 down, ? to go. 

Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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