Welcome one and all to a later edition of the weekly Sox Wrap-up. As many of you know Monday was Memorial Day, a day for remembering those in the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate price to protect this great country we live in. Around baseball this memorial day, teams wore hats and Jersey with a distinct military theme once again to honor the aforementioned men and women who gave it all to keep us free.
We tip our caps to those brave men and women and all of the men and women still fighting valiantly for our freedom.
Let’s take a look at the prior week!
Monday was an off day, but on Tuesday the Red Sox were off and running, taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in the first of a three game series at Tropicana Field and it was Sale Day at the Trop. Chris Sale was phenomenal on the mound for Boston going 7.2 innings giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits and striking out 9 batters. Mookie Betts continued his torrid start to the season, blasting his 16th home run of the season, a 2 run shot which led the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory.
Highlight of the Night: Mookie Blasts #16
Your daily Mookie Betts highlight:pic.twitter.com/x4bLcm1IVO
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) May 23, 2018
It’d be much of the same for the Red Sox the following night. David Price would get the start and would follow up Chris Sale’s stellar performance with one of his own.
Price would go 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and matching Sale with 9 strikeouts. Price has been impressive since coming back from a bout with Carpal Tunnel. Price would not get the win however, the game would remain deadlocked at 1 until the Sox managed to bust it open in the 9th inning getting the 4-1 victory.
In the 3rd and final game of the series the Red Sox were hurt by a terrible start from starter Rick Porcello. Porcello, who’s been solid this season – evoking memories of his Cy Young season from two years ago – looked putrid on Thursday night giving up 6 runs, 4 earned on 8 hits over just 3.2 innings.
The offense didn’t muster much help either, only managing 3 runs late in the game falling 6-3 to the Rays. A bright spot however was Mitch Moreland keeping his bat hot and hitting his 7th home run, which may have been one of the catalysts behind what would happen the next day.
Highlight of the Night: Mitchy 4 Bags?
Mitch Moreland figured he’d at least hit his home run before he probably has to go back to the bench tomorrow for whatever reason. pic.twitter.com/lYgED2AVs4
— Crooked Numbers Podcast (@Crooked_Numbers) May 25, 2018
The Red Sox would face off against the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a 3 game series on Friday. Eduardo Rodriguez would get the start going 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and striking out 7. However the story of this game was not the pitching but the offense, particularly the guys who have been doing it all season.
J.D. Martinez would hit his 16th home run, while Mookie Betts would one up his teammate and hit his 17th home run of the season and Xander Bogaerts, who has slowed down of late would hit his 7th home run of the season. The Red Sox would take game 1, 6-2.
Highlight of the Night: Just Dingers Strikes Again
JD Martinez with his 1️⃣6️⃣th nuke of the year. pic.twitter.com/IdpbNJnB1V
— Crooked Numbers Podcast (@Crooked_Numbers) May 26, 2018
They’d play again on Saturday afternoon in a back and forth affair at Fenway Park. Stop me if you’ve heard this this season, but Drew Pomeranz was…well horrible. Pomeranz would go only 3.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs. That said the Red Sox would battle back from two deficits throughout the game and would manage to take the game 8-6 behind some offense from Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland.
The final game of the series was a sort of pattern for Boston this week, as in back-to-back series they would win the first two games and drop the final game. In this game, Chris Sale was the exact opposite of what you’ve done to expect from Chris Sale on the mound, giving up 6 runs in 4.1 innings and striking out 7, with the offense not providing much in the way of help only mustering up 1 run.
They would drop this game 7-1.
The Red Sox are en route to Houston for a rematch of last season’s ALDS. The Yankees took 2 of 3 against the reigning World Series champs and will be interesting to see how the Red Sox handle one of their biggest tests of the season.
See you next week!