The Red Sox got a big win over the Detroit Tigers last night, blowing them out 10-2. Rick Porcello went 7 strong innings while Hanley and Pedey stayed hot and David Ortiz and JBJ jacked homers.
The Red Sox started off the game with a 4 run, 2 dinger 1st inning. Xander Bogaerts showed signs of overcoming his slump as he started off the game with a base hit after Pedroia grounded out to second. Then David Ortiz crushed the ball high into right field. It was long gone, a no-doubter. Then after Betts flew out to right, Hanley Ramirez stayed hot since returning to the club with another base hit. JBJ then blasted one in the same direction as Ortiz’s for the 2nd HR of the inning. Red Sox took a 4-0 lead to start the game, very assuring after collapsing in the first game of the series.
But the Tigers struck back in the 2nd and took advantage of Porcello’s weakness from 2015, giving up home runs. It would’ve been a solo shot but Porcello could not hang on to the throw to 1st and J.D. Martinez had himself a 2-run dinger. Later in the game J.D. Martinez lined a hit through Xander Bogaerts’ broken glove. J. D. would go 2 for 3 on the day but he would account for half the hits Porcello gave up in 7 stellar innings.
This was Porcello’s first start in Detroit since being traded for Yoenis Cespedes and he showed he was comfortable at Comerica after all those years with the Tigers, who also have a lot of former Red Sox on their roster. The Tigers threatened only one more time and had 1st and 2nd in the 4th but former Sox’ catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia failed to extend a potential 2-out rally.
Bogaerts got another hit in the 5th and after an Ortiz walk, the Red Sox had a scoring opportunity of their own. But Mookie Betts grounded into a force out. I don’t think Betts was at fault though. Miguel Cabrera robbed what could have been a nice hit for Andrew Benintendi, who has already been electric in Boston. It was 4-2 Red Sox. Would they hold on? Oh yeah they did! They dropped 6 more runs on the board! Three innings in a row they scored a pair of runs.
In the 6th, the middle of the Sox lineup was shut down. But with two outs in the inning and the bases empty, Sandy Leon came up to bat. With four dingers in the 10 games prior to this, Leon was in good shape for a clutch hit. He cracked an infield single on a low pitch. Then up came Brock Holt. Holt hit another one up the middle. The Sox had first and second with Andrew Benintendi up, looking for revenge after Miguel Cabrera robbed his first potential hit. He came through with a bloop single up the middle to score the inning’s 1st run. Then Pedey came up with 1st and 3rd. Ian Kinsler was covering second as Benintendi ran with the pitch, opening a whole for Pedroia to knock one between first and second right where Kinsler had been positioned. That allowed another Sox run and knocked Michael Fulmer out of the game! He was fresh off a complete game against the AL leading Rangers but today he gave up 6 runs in 5.2 innings against the feisty Sox lineup!
The Sox kept it up in the 7th. David Ortiz got on for the third time as he punched a big single to right. Mookie Betts got his first hit, a line drive single into left just above Erick Aybar. 1st and 2nd for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez knocked a double high up into right. The opposite-field hit was in the gap allowing both Ortiz and Betts to score and it was 8-2 Red Sox.
The Red Sox struck again in the 8th! Andrew Benintendi drove a change-up into right for a stand-up double to start the inning. Pedroia followed with an infield single, his second hit of the day. He stayed hot riding a 10-game hitting streak. He may not like hitting lead off but he sure is good at it. 1st and 2nd for Bogaerts, who was heading in the opposite direction until a multi-hit game tonight. The center fielder caught his fly ball but Benintendi advanced to third. Up came Travis Shaw who was hitting for David Ortiz and he walked. Later Hanley Ramirez did it again, ripping a 2-run double to left.
The Red Sox were on a roll. They were up 10-2 as the lineup was explosive, Porcello was dominant, and they even had a nice double play ball to end the 7th. It was Fireworks Night at Comerica but they might as well have canceled it because the Red Sox bats took care of that. The bullpen was even good. Fernando Abad pitched a 15 pitch inning in 9th inning garbage time. They shut the Tigers down and 10-2 was the final score.
The Red Sox have two more crucial games against the Tigers. They will face Daniel Norris and Justin Verlander with Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez pitching for Boston. Will they win their way into playoff contention, or flop in the 2nd half of the trip? They are now only a half game out from Toronto. The Jays lost to Cleveland by late back to back homers, one outside the park and one for the first walk-off inside the park winning HR ever in MLB!
The Red Sox are in good shape and I think they might surprise a lot of fans after 2 last place seasons. Stay tuned!