Now this game felt like one of those classic Red Sox-Yankees game that turns into a slugfest and lasts for hours–except this time we won. David Price was far from his best, but lasted till the seventh while the bats bailed him out keeping pace with the Yankees before capturing the lead. Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Christian Vazquez all played hero; HanRam smacking a two-run single to tie it, Shaw cranking a two-run bomb to tie it, and finally Christian who slugged one to left to put the Sox up and give them a lead they would not look back from. By the ninth the Sox had their 8-7 lead and Craig Kimbrel sealed the deal with a 1-2-3 two-strikeout inning to pick up the save and slam the door.
- Our offense sure can get it going! Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts had themselves a day going 3-5 each. Bogey smacked his 10th double of the season to left off Miller.
- Shaw sure can do it all, he made a fantastic play early in the game to nab Ellsbury at home, then hit a game-tying homer to right, his third of the season. Shaw went 2-4 in the game as he is batting .322, second to Pedey’s .324 on the team.
- HanRam continues to be hot as he went 1-4 with a two-run single early in the game to tie it.
- Vazquez is the big hero though as he went 1-4 and made it count with a homer on a 97mph heater from Betances to put the Sox up 8-6 giving them the go-ahead runs they needed to win the game. Betances gave up six homers all last season and has allowed two this series, pretty incredible.
- Haven’t seen Kimbrel quite as much thanks to the blowouts, but it was nice to see him well rested and pumping strikes into the glove as he blew the Yankees away in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to give the Sox their third straight win.
- Bit of a rough outing for Koji who allowed a run in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch (though Vaz could’ve blocked it).
- Price sucked but more on that below.
Starting Pitcher Rewind
It was cold, it was rainy, and Price was god-awful. The lefty “ace” went seven innings, but allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Keep in mind, he’s facing the team with the fewest runs scored in the AL. From the get go you got the feeling that Price was going to get rocked, and rocked he got as the Yankees poured on hits and ran wild around the bases until the pen stopped the bleeding. Fortunately our lineup is pretty darn good and we were able to overcome; but still, it’s not a good outing and seems to be part of a disturbing trend with Price.
Thanks to an Orioles’ loss we now have sole possession of first place! The Sox now stand at 15-10 and hold a .5 game lead over Baltimore as they prepare to take on the 18-8 Chicago White Sox. The Sox feature the best lineup in the AL, but they’ll face one of the best pitching staffs as the White Sox lead the league at 77 runs allowed; Boston has been fortunate to play some crappy teams of late so this will be their big test to prove they are the real deal and belong in first.