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This team, man

I am honestly running out of things to say about this Red Sox team.  Although this game wasn’t as much of a blowout like the last few games, the Red Sox were still able to impress me.

Drew Pomeranz made his 2018 debut and didn’t look as good as what we had hoped.  I don’t think we have anything to worry about right now.  His location didn’t look good and his fastball was lacking velocity.  Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t look good in his first start coming off the DL, but has looked great ever since.  Let’s hope we can say the same about Pomeranz in a couple of weeks.

It looked like we were going to be in for a long night after the first inning.  Pomeranz walked a batter then gave up an RBI double.  Then a ball got by Christian Vazquez allowing the A’s to score a run.  Pomeranz then gave up a pair of singles to give the A’s a 3-0 lead.

It looked like Pomeranz was going to come out after the first, but Cora decided to stick with him for a couple more innings.  The Red Sox lefty started to settle in and was able to get out of the second and third without giving up any damage.  He came out for the fourth, but gave up a quick double. Hector Velazquez then came in for Pomeranz and was able to get out of the inning.

Meanwhile, in the second inning, the Red Sox were able to even the score.  Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez were both able to get on base with a pair of singles.  Jackie Bradley Jr. then came up and crushed a ball to right field tying the game.

Nothing else happened in the game until the sixth inning.  With the game still tied in the top half of the sixth, the Red Sox hit three straight singles to bring red-hot Mitch Moreland up to the plate with the bases loaded.  Moreland smacked the first pitch he saw to right field – the fifth Red Sox grand slam this season.  Just like that, the Red Sox had taken a 7-3 lead.

Velazquez stayed in the game until the bottom half of the seventh.  After giving up a double and hitting a batter, Brian Johnson would come in the game for Velazquez.  Johnson was only out there for one batter.  Matt Barnes then came in with the bases loaded and two outs.  Barnes was able to escape the jam and get a big strikeout.  Barnes came back out for the eighth and set Oakland down in order.

Joe Kelly then came in to close the game in the ninth.  He was able to get three quick outs to give the Red Sox their eighth straight win.

The Red Sox will be back in action tonight at 9:05 PM ET and will be looking to extend their winning streak to nine games.  Chris Sale will be on the mound for the Red Sox.

Final Score: Red Sox 7, Athletics 3