It was a slow day for the BoSox, they were shut out through five and were facing a two-run deficit as RA Dickey was uncharacteristically effective against them while David Price was tagged for two runs in the fifth. Then the sixth inning happened. The Sox bats broke out for three runs in the sixth thanks to Mookie Betts getting it started with a triple and the offense took it from there. They had the chance to really blow it open, but in traditional Red Sox fashion they couldn’t pull the trigger but it was enough to pull ahead. You can thank Heath Hembree for giving up the tying run, but the rest of the bullpen was able to hold it down and give the Sox a chance to pull ahead in the 11th.
- The top of the lineup sure got it done; Betts went 2-4 in the game with two walks (batting .273 on the season), while Dustin Pedroia went 2-6 and Xander Bogaerts went 2-6.
- Speaking of Bogey, he’s now hit in 22 straight games.
- Oh and thank Pedey for the win as his double in the 11th gave the Sox their lead.
- Gotta hand it to the pen, and surprisingly enough, Clay Buchholz. Robbie Ross tossed 1.1 scoreless innings while Buch tossed a scoreless inning while picking up the win and Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless 11th to get the save.
- Price wasn’t too shabby either; the lefty ace allowed two runs over 6.1 innings of work lowering his ERA down to 5.11 while holding the Jays lineup more or less at bay.
- As good as the top of the lineup was, the bottom of the lineup did nothing to help the cause. Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Josh Rutledge went a combined 0-10 acting as a black hole in the middle of the lineup.
- That’s about it, while I could b*tch about the pitching we’re facing the Jays after all.
Starting Pitcher Rewind
Solid start for Price; he dialed it up to the mid-90s and lasted into the seventh despite a rocky 30-pitch first inning. The big lefty allowed two runs in the fifth while scattering five hits and three walks throughout the start. He struck out three as he continues to build off each start and pitch like the ace we though he’d be.
The O’s won as well so we still hold a one-game lead in first but that will change with this next series against Baltimore. Make no mistake about it, this series will define the season folks so let’s hope it’s a good one.