Honestly this may be one of the best games of the whole season. The Sox pitching staff came together and tossed 12 shut out innings to take one of the most exciting wins of the year. Rich Hill, on a spot start, tossed a gem striking out 10 over seven while the bullpen pitched in for five more innings of work. Rusney Castillo was the man of the hour as he drove in the two go ahead runs to win the game as the Sox cruised on to yet another series win.
- So why hasn’t Hill been up yet? The slim lefty has flashed brilliance before though durability has always been an issue, but damn it the guy was fun to watch as he dazzled Red Sox Nation with a side arm fastball and a big sinking curve.
- Welcome to the Sox Castillo, the kid drove in a pair, the first runs of the game for either team by the way, with a sharp single to left as the Sox were the first team to get on the board.
- Ummm where has this bullpen been all season? Six pitchers combined for five shut out innings in which they allowed two hits, three walks, and struck out four–better than most starting lines this season.
- Mookie Betts had the best day at the plate of anyone as he went 3-6 to bump his average up to .290 on the season–pretty darn good.
- Going 2-11 with runners in scoring positon is a good way to not score runs–which the Sox did for the first 11 innings of the game.
Staarting Pitcher Recap
Easily one of the top three starts of the season. Hill tossed seven shut out innings while allowing just one hit (should have been ruled an error) and one walk while racking up 10 K’s. It was a masterful start from a kid with a ton of talent and if it wasn’t for the fact that he generally pitches between one and 20 innings a season I’d want him to stick around.
The Sox are 13.5 games out, but one behind the Rays and Orioles who wre tied in third. With a series in Baltimore the Sox have a chance to do some damage and vault up through the standings as they fight for third place, woohoo.