1 out. Man on 2nd. All-around big hitter Mookie Betts was at the plate. The count at 2-1, he nailed it high into left field and it was gone! Mookie Betts had hit his third homer of the season, as it flew over the monster then hit a stairwell and bounced back down onto the field.
That was the mood for most of the night as their lineup powered them over the Rays, 7-3. After losing Joe Kelly 0.2 innings in last night to injury, the bullpen was exhausted, but Rick Porcello helped them out by going 7 innings, giving up just 6 hits, 3 runs, a walk and a homer and striking out 9. He got the win; he is now 3-0 with a 4.66 ERA, a large improvement from last season so far. Chris Archer continued his slump. Giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks and a homer and striking out just 6 in a 4.1 inning outing. He got the loss and is 0-4 with a whopping 7.32 ERA.
The Red Sox went big in the 1st inning as they stole the first run. With Mookie Betts walked, Dustin Pedroia hit a one-hopper into left, sending Betts to 2nd. Xander Bogaerts drove Betts in and advanced Pedroia to second on a single to left. David Ortiz drove in Bogaerts and Pedroia with a line drive double into center. It was 3-0 Red Sox already. The Red Sox carried their momentum to the 2nd. With JBJ on second, Mookie Betts blasted a homer over the monster to score two more. It was now 5-0.
In the top of the 3rd, the Rays couldn’t score but at least got their first hit off Rick Porcello when Steven Souza Jr. reached on an infield single. The next play was similar, a grounder to 3rd, but this time the Red Sox challenged the hit. They won the challenge and it was 1 down with a man on 2nd. Souza stole third when the next batter came up, but the Rays didn’t have the chance to drive him in.
In the top of the 4th, after a Corey Dickerson double and a walk by Desmond Jennings to make it 1st and 2nd, Mookie Betts made a jumping grab for out #3. In the bottom of the 5th, Xander Bogaerts got back on base and Big Papi drove him in on a sharp line drive double to right. That did it for Chris Archer. Dana Eveland came in for him with one out on the inning. Brock Holt kept things going with 2 outs on a base hit, and stole second with Vazquez up, but Vazquez struck out. Vazquez may not be a benefit in the lineup, but he is behind the plate. The Red Sox are currently trying to move Blake Swihart (a good offensive catcher who struggles on defense) to the outfield.
However, when the 6th inning came, Brock Holt was at shortstop and Chris Young in left. Bogaerts had hurt his quad on his way home in the 5th. He was day to day, but it was since announced he will play in Thursday’s game vs. Tampa with David Price on the hill. With that, the Rays took off. Logan Forsythe tripled, and after Logan Morrison’s strike out, he went home on Evan Longoria’s ground out. Up came Corey Dickerson, who they got from Colorado for reliever Jake McGee to add a little power to the lineup. He hit a solo blast off Rick Porcello, his 4th tater of the season.
In the 6th, Mookie Betts got a base hit and stole second. Chris Young drove him in on a two out line drive single. Young only had 2 hits until that, and that was his first RBI. In the 7th, the Rays answered on a Kevin Kiermaier double and Hank Conger RBI single. It was now 7-3, the Rays still trailing the BoSox. In the next couple of innings, the Red Sox bullpen took control. Between Junichi Tazawa and Noe Ramirez, they only gave up 1 hit and 1 walk, and struck out 2. Red Sox, 7, Rays, 3. That was the final score from Boston.
The Red Sox have a chance to win the series if they grab a W in today’s 1:30 game. Do you think this year’s team has a chance? Comment below.