The Red Sox bats carried the team in a series win over Kansas City.
Anytime you win 2 games out of a 3 game series, it is a good thing. However, when you lose the one game in the way that the Red Sox lost the second game of this series, it is a little disappointing. Overall though, it was a very fun series to watch, and the Sox still own the best record in the majors at 22-8.
On Monday night the Sox fell behind 3-0 in the first inning after a terrible start from Eduardo Rodriguez (5 runs in 4 innings). They battled back with a homerun from Mitch Moreland and a grand slam from Xander Bogaerts (his 2nd and the team’s 6th of the season already) to take the lead back in the 3rd.
They never trailed again, as the bullpen was very effective in relief of Rodriguez, led by Hector Velazquez who tossed 2 scoreless frames to earn his 4th win of the season. Eduardo Nunez, Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers added RBIs to give the Sox the comfortable 10-6 victory.
Red Sox: 10
Highlight of the Night: Xander’s Grand Slam
Xander Bogaerts hits Boston’s SIXTH Grand Slam of the season
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 1, 2018
On Tuesday, it was much more of a pitcher’s duel at first with neither team scoring until the 4th.
The Royals went up 2-0 until the bottom of the 6th when Mitch Moreland homered for the 2nd consecutive night and Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped a bad cold streak with an RBI single to left to tie the game. Andrew Benintendi scored the go ahead run the following inning to take the lead.
On the mound, Chris Sale pitched 7 great innings allowing 2 runs (only 1 earned) on 5 hits and striking out 6. It was all set up for Craig Kimbrel to shut the door, but former perennial all star Alex Gordon had different plans. He hit his first home run of the season off Kimbrel to tie the game at 3 in the 9th. It stayed that way until the Royals pushed ahead 4-3 in the 12th on a sac fly by Jon Jay, but the game would go on as Eduardo Nunez tied the game with home run in the bottom of the inning.
Jorge Soler delivered what would be the crushing blow with a 3 run homer in the 13th inning off of Brian Johnson. The Sox still didn’t go down quietly though. They scored twice in the bottom of the 13th to make the score 7-6, but fell just short (about 3 feet) when Nunez flew out to deep center to end the game in one of the most entertaining and frustrating games of the 2018 campaign.
Red Sox: 6
The Wednesday afternoon game featured more Red Sox offense.
Drew Pomeranz struggled again initially allowing 3 runs in the first 2 innings to let the Royals take the lead first for the 3rd consecutive game. And for the 3rd consecutive game, the Red Sox came back to regain the lead, this time all on home runs.
Mookie Betts hit 3 home runs in the game for the second time this season in his return to the lineup after missing a couple of games with the hamstring injury. It was his 4th 3 home run game in his young career, passing Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history. In addition, he became the youngest player in MLB history to have 4 such games.
Pretty impressive huh? Mookie is definitely making an early case for MVP, leading the majors in home runs (11), slugging percentage (.823), and OPS (1.274), and batting average (.365). JD Martinez, who has also been swinging a red hot bat, smacked a 2 run homer himself, adding to his team leading total of 24 RBIs. Pomeranz settled down and pitched 6 solid innings to earn his 1st win of the season. Craig Kimbrel was able to redeem himself to pick up his 8th save as the Sox won 5-3.
Red Sox: 5
Highlight of the Night: Mookie Betts Launches 3 Bombs
Mookie Betts, big fan of the home run lap. pic.twitter.com/kM3bJu9BAn
— Red Sox (@RedSox) May 2, 2018
The Red Sox will travel to Arlington to open up a 4 game set with the Texas Rangers on Thursday night as David Price looks to bounce back from back to back losses.
Hopefully they keep on rolling!