This is one of those games that I’d tell my grandkids about; “I remember the time Mookie Betts went 3-5 with three homers to win the game” I’ll say. Betts was a one-man show as he cranked three bombs to drive in five runs (the difference in the game) while making an OUTSTANDING diving catch. Simply put, the man is a freak of nature and an American legend. Meanwhile Eduardo Rodriguez was solid his his 2016 debut, tossing six innings while allowing two runs to pick up the win and give Red Sox Nation a breath of fresh air and their third straight win. Thanks to last night the Sox secured a series split and grew their lead in the AL East to three games as they continue to dominate.
- I don’t think I could be any more in love with Betts than I already am; the kid blasted three homers (one to right field which is especially encouraging) as he is second on the team with 12 bombs. Just incredible, the kind of power this kid generates is out of this world.
- Don’t forget Dustin Pedroia who cranked his seventh homer of the year in the first inning, Pedey went 2-5 as he is having a nice bounce-back season batting .309–good to see him up to top form.
- Chris Young disappointed at the plate, but made an incredible game-saving catch in center to rob a homer from the O’s to end the inning, he’s pretty good defensively and a solid asset despite all the crap I give him.
- Rodriguez’s knee not exploding is always a plus; his velocity was down (averaged around 92-93 mph), but he was able to dazzle the O’s with an array of offspeed pitches to keep them off balance and get through six as he needed just 89 pitches before the Sox gave way to the bullpen.
- A lockdown effort from the pen is a welcome sight given their recent implosions, Robbie Ross, Koji Uehara, and Craig Kimbrel combined for three shutout innings while striking out six.
- None really, this was an incredible game!
Starting Pitcher Rewind
Decent start from Rodriguez, he was hardly lights out and he was smacked around a bit at times, but it was well fought and he left the victor. Eddie lasted six innings (needing just 89 pitches) while allowing two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out three. He showed excellent command and great discipline on the mound and should be a stellar addition to the rotation as we move on from here, it’s great to have you back Rodriguez!
With that win the BoSox have won three in a row and now hold a three-game lead in the AL East. They’ll be looking to Kelly to make it four tonight so be sure to tune in and GO SOX!