This past weekend I was lucky enough to get to go to the LA and see the Sox game in person. It was a great night for baseball and the Sox.
Before the game David Ortiz was honored as the Dodgers donated $10,000 to the David Ortiz foundation. Along with that Vin Scully talked about the amazing career David has had as the big slugger finishes out the final season of his career.
Meanwhile the performances were pretty solid too from the team.
Wright had a tremendous game going the whole nine innings and getting the shutout. Along with that the knuckleballer allowed only three hits while getting nine strikeouts as he continues to be dominant. Wright’s first complete game shutout shows just how well of a pitcher he’s turning into.
Leon managed to block the knuckle ball with runners on base which is not an easy job and had a monster night at the plate with four RBIs including a two run blast to left and a sac fly. Leon has certainly been a surprise as a force at the plate, but I’m sure not complaining.
The Sox had even more offense including a homer by Mookie Betts who went 3-5 and an RBI single in the Sox five run 8th. Also an emotional home run by Travis Shaw who was playing in the same park that his dad Jeff Shaw played in when he pitched for the Dodgers from 1998-2001.
That night was also Andrew Benintendi’s first win dance as the Sox had lost the previous two games started by the young rookie, Dave Dombrowski and all Sox fans certainly are looking forward to seeing a lot more of those throughout his career.
Bad news coming from the game is that Dustin Pedroia went down after fouling a ball of his shin. Pedroia left the game in the fourth with a left shin contusion however x-rays came back negative and he is only day to day.
With the Sox win they are now 60-48 this season and have a better record than LA who’s 60-49 on the season. The Sox still 2.0 games out of the division and hanging onto a slim lead for the second wild card spot but if they can keep playing the way the did tonight they can certainly catch up to the O’s and Blue Jays at the top of the division.