From the start of the game it looked like the loss I expected, Sonny Gray is good, Clay Buchholz is bad, end of story. But then the fourth inning happened. And then the sixth and it got me like:
Gray cruised through the first three carving up the Sox lineup, but a six-run fourth inning put the Sox up for good giving them a lead they would not look back from. The Sox offense showed up in full force Monday night giving the baseball world a taste of what we are capable of doing to even the best pitchers. It all started with an opposite field double for David Ortiz to kick off the fourth, a hit parade ensued as Hanley Ramirez advanced him to third with a single to right, then Travis Shaw sent him home with a double to center. Then came Jackie Bradley Jr who’s single to center tied the game, and eventual grand slam would bury the A’s for good.
A double from Mookie Betts and a single from Dustin Pedroia and then a book-ending double from Papi would drive in runs #4, #5, and #6 of the inning, giving the Sox the lead
- Holy Hit Streak Batman! JBJ has been ON FIRE lately as he went 3-5 in the game to bump his average up to .303 on the season as he is baseball’s hottest #8 hitter. Jackie drove in six runs on Monday, thanks to a grand slam to right for his fourth homer of the season, the guy is just incredible.
- JBJ wasn’t the only member of the Sox to get homer happy, Brock Holt smacked his third of the year to right to drive in a pair of runs.
- Ortiz didn’t hit one out of the park, but he had himself a day going 3-5 while driving in two as he is hitting .321 on the season.
- Xander Bogaerts is quietly being awesome as the young shortstop went 2-4 in the game with a slick play to nab a runner going to third on a grounder.
- The pen did a decent job, with the lead we were able to throw our B-team featuring Tommy Layne who tossed a scoreless inning along with a no-pressure situation for Carson Smith who tossed one frame while striking out one.
- JBJ made a rare error in center on a fly ball as it glanced off his glove to the ground, but that’s really it.
Starting Pitcher Rewind
Another day, another crap start for Buch, yawn. Our resident meth head lasted five frames while serving up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two. He picked up the win though, and was bailed out by a terrific show from the lineup, but still it’s not a good look for a guy who is supposed to be our #3.
At 19-13 the Sox are tied in first place with the Orioles (18-12). They’ll get a chance at taking the series win tonight, though we’ll be featuring Sean O’Sullivan, a 28 year old journeyman who just plain sucks no matter where he is. Fortunately the A’s pitcher kinda sucks too, so it could end up being a battle of the lineups and I think we edge that one out.