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Red Sox bats explode in game one of West Coast road trip.
The first game of a highly anticipated series featuring the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels went different than many had expected. The pitching matchup indicated a pitcher’s duel between David Price and Japanese phenom, Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani entered the game with two electric performances against the Oakland Athletics. All over MLB Network, analysts were singing the praises of the young star and drooling over his triple digit fastball and hard-biting splitter.
However, despite the praises, all it took was two innings – or a few pitches. Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo shot to left-center field to welcome the rookie to a lineup full of All Star caliber talent.
While it was clear Ohtani did not have his best stuff – frequently spiking his splitter – he exited the game after two innings with what the Angels deemed to be a “blister.”
The Red Sox offense continued to stay hot as they totaled 6 homeruns and 10 total runs.
For the Red Sox, David Price tossed five brilliant innings in his first outing since the disaster against the Yankees. The lefty showed no signs of injury as he lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 2.25.
The Red Sox launched six homeruns against the Angels:
Mookie Betts collected three himself…
— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 18, 2018
This is exactly the performance that fans had hoped to see out of the Sox this season. The offense was out in full force, while Price & the pitching staff held Mike Trout and company in check.
Red Sox – 10
Angels – 1