The offensive onslaught continues as the BoSox continue to pummel every opposing team into submission. Steven Wright was once again brilliant on the mound, tossing seven strong while allowing three runs (two earned). Meanwhile the offense did more than provide enough run support, they blew past the Rockies, came back, and blew past them again. Jackie Bradley Jr continues his hit streak as he went 2-4 in the game with a single and double–good enough to put him up to a team-leading .35–first in the AL and third in the MLB. He wasn’t the only hitter who got busy, Travis Shaw went 2-4 as well with two doubles, while Blake Swihart, batting out of the nine spot, went 2-4 with two triples as his bat seems to be coming around. All in all a good game, and thanks to an O’s loss it puts us up top in the AL East with a two-game lead.
- I can’t get over how good our lineup is, seriously 10 runs???
- The real excitement started when Xander Bogaerts (1-3) cranked a solo bomb over the Monstah to get things started, it was his fifth of the season and an absolute moonshot. Bogey has hit in 18 straight games BTW, and if you’re counting he hit seven homers all last year so the power definitely seems to be creeping back.
- Not only can Jackie hit, but he can go the other way with authority and field his position like a maniac. JBJ earned an assist nabbing a runner at second after fielding a ball off the wall. He was on the warning track and fired a strike to Bogey to get the out–incredible.
- Gotta commend Swihart, the kid was struggling but last night he showed us why the Sox tote him so highly.
- Nice effort from Wright, the knukle ball danced like crazy and he picked up a much deserved win. Not only that but he made a nice play on a ball up the middle, it deflected off his glove but he spun around, pounced, and fired to first in a bang-bang play for the out.
- Rough day behind the dish for Ryan Hanigan who was tagged for four passed balls. Not much you can do about it, the knuckle ball works in mysterious ways.
- Bizarre play too on Hanigan, he hit a homer down the right field line that, after he was in the dugout, was ruled foul. He singled up the middle to finish the at bat, but that’s gotta be a bummer.
Starting Pitcher Rewind
Just another solid outing from our second ace. Wright went seven strong and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was just another in a series of very good outings for Wright who continues to dominate and cement himself as one of the better pitchers in the rotation. Aside from that fluke outing against Houston, Wright has been near unstoppable and a pleasure to watch.
The Sox secured a series win, now it’s time for the sweep! Thanks to a loss from the Orioles we now have a two-game lead in first place as the Sox are on a roll and show no intention of looking back. They’ll be back at it again on another hot and humid day here in Boston so be sure to grab a cold drink and cheer them on tonight!