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The Red Sox roll through Royals, Rangers and will face the rival Yankees this week.
It’s Monday, you know what that means. Time to recap another week of Red Sox baseball with yours truly.
The Red Sox finish out the week still maintaining the division lead, albeit by one game and it’s still early in the season, but a lead is a lead folks. This week they went a combined 5-2 against the less than stellar Kansas City Royals and a struggling Texas Rangers team.
Despite facing some weaker teams in the American League, the past two weeks have shown how difficult it is to look past any team in any major league sport.
Sox Take 2 of 3 at Fenway
Boston would beat up on Kansas City starter Jason Hammel to the tune of 8 earned runs over 4.2 innings. The Sox would win that game 10-6, the first time in almost a week that they would win a game by a difference greater than 1 run.
The joy from that win would be short lived however, the Sox would lead the Royals 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th with closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound. Kimbrel would give up a home run to Alex Gordon, tying the game up at 3 and spoiling a stellar start by Chris Sale. The teams would then each score a run in in the 12th, but Kansas City would put the Red Sox away in the 13th with a 3-run homer by Jorge Soler. Boston would mount a rally in the bottom frame of the 13th but come up just short losing 7-6.
The Sox saved the best for last in the final game of the homestand, they would claim a 5-4 victory over the Royals. Mookie Betts was the star of the show hitting 3 solo shots off of starter Danny Duffy. For Betts it was his 4th three home run game, breaking a franchise record formerly owned by some random player you’ve never heard of named Ted Williams…no big deal.
Kimbrel Reaches Milestone in Texas, Sox Take 3 of 4
All joking aside, Boston would look to keep momentum going as they traveled to Arlington, Texas to take on the Texas Rangers.
However in the first game of a 4 game series, Sox starter David Price would get shelled, giving up 9 runs (7 earned), on 6 hits over 3.2 innings; his shortest outing of the season not including the Yankee game he exited earlier in the season due to numbness in his pitching hand. The Sox would lose this game 11-5, but bounce back quickly the next game winning 5-1 behind a fantastic start by former Cy Young award winner, Rick Porcello who would go 6.0 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 8 strikeouts, he would be aided by home runs again from J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts his 5th homer in a 3 game stretch.
Boston would erase an early 4-1 deficit in game 3, eventually prevailing in the 9th inning to win 6-5. Two things to note in this game, Eduardo Rodriguez, while giving up an unsavory 5 runs over 6 innings of work, only gave up 4 hits and struck out 10 batters he faced. Also, closer Craig Kimbrel would notch his 300th save in this victor Kimbrel is the fastest to reach the feat based on appearances (494), save opportunities (330) and age (29).
The Red Sox would close out this series with a 3rd straight victory, winning 6-1 over Texas. Chris Sale was undoubtedly the star of the game, he struck out 12 batters, giving up 1 run over 7 innings and dropping his ERA down to 2.02 on the season. Meanwhile old friend Doug Fister got burned by Red Sox bats, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits over 6.1 innings. Mookie Betts would leave the game in the first after getting nailed in the shoulder on a double play attempt, he was announced as day to day with a shoulder contusion.
The Red Sox at 25-9 head to the Bronx to face the hated Yankees (24-10) in an early rematch for the division rivals. The Yankees right now are red hot, winners of 14 of their last 15 games and finally starting to show how potent they can be when that offense is clicking.
A battle for first place in the division, followed up with a trip to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. The division could look very different come next Monday, but for now the Red Sox are locked into 1st place and you should keep it locked on us for all your Red Sox news.