Let me start by saying this – if you told me at the end of last season that Xander Bogaerts would be the hardest out on this Red Sox team, I would not have believed you. Bogaerts just wasn’t that great of a hitter last season. Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t have that bad of a year when you look at the stats, but man, he sure did aggravate the crap out of me last year. But it looks like he will have the opposite effect on me this year.
It didn’t take long for Bogaerts to get on the board last night. In his first at-bat, he hit a solo shot. He then doubled in the sixth inning to drive in J.D. Martinez. He also got another hit in the eighth. I know it’s super early, but Bogey looks great. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do this whole season.
Besides Bogaerts, Rick Porcello pitched a really good game. All three starting pitchers for the Red Sox so far have been phenomenal. Porcello gave up the only run the Red Sox starting pitchers have surrendered today. Again, I know it is early, but I’m impressed with what the starting rotation has done.
J.D. Martinez had his first hit in a Red Sox uniform today. He doubled in the sixth and was driven in by Bogaerts.
There isn’t much else to say. Pretty good win and I’m glad we were able to hold on to the lead. The Red Sox play the Rays again at 1:10 PM ET. Hector Velázquez is on the mound and I’m ready to see what he can do in his first start this season.
Final Score: Red Sox 3, Rays 2