Couldn’t resist the pun, but given Steven Wright’s complete game win can you really blame me? The correct answer is “no”. Wright went the distance for the BoSox while the bats took care of the rest putting up seven runs thanks to a trio of homers courtesy of David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley Jr and Marco Hernandez. It was a slow going at the outset for the Sox who put up a run in the first, then another in the third, but quickly gave away the lead as the O’s tied it in the fifth. They roared back to life though and broke it open to pummel the Orioles and set the tone for what could be a very big series.
- There are no words for how amazing Ortiz really is. The big DH went 1-4 in the game but he made it count smacking his 14th homer of the season while driving in his league-leading 47th RBI. Incredible.
- You want to know who else is incredible? Xander Bogaerts who has now made it 23 straight games with a hit as he went 2-4 with two doubles (missing a homer by about three feet on one of them).
- Jackie Bradley continues to do Jackie Bradley things as he went 1-4 with a solo homer–his ninth of the season. What’s pretty incredible is that he’s second on the team in RBI’s with 37, didn’t expect that did ya?
- Marco Hernandez had some big shoes to fill with HanRam getting the off day but he made it count going 1-4 with a three-run bomb to blow the game wide open in the eighth.
- Best of all though was Wright’s masterful performance. The knuckleballer pitched his third complete game of the season, tying the MLB lead as he continues to put up one dominant effort after another. Simply incredible.
- Beating the Orioles is always fun, I love seeing Buck Showalter grimace.
- Watching Ryan Hanigan flail behind the plate is starting to get kinda sad.
Starting Pitcher Rewind
What a great start for Wright, honestly he’s been such a joy to watch this season. The veteran right hander went the distance to pick up his third complete game of the season, and fifth win. He allowed two runs while scattering four hits and five walks and striking out seven. As frustrating and unpredictable as knuckleball pitchers are, Wright has been a ton of fun to watch every five games.
With that win we now have a two-game lead in first place, let’s make it three!