Really impressive road trip!
Make that the second sweep of the road trip for the Red Sox. After dropping two games to the Yankees in a three-game set to start the road trip off, the Red Sox went on to sweep the Nationals and the Royals to win six straight. Today’s game didn’t start off that well, but things eventually started to pick up.
The game started off really quiet for both teams. Rick Porcello worked through the first couple innings pretty easily. But, the Red Sox couldn’t get anything going either in the first two innings. It looked like we were going to be in for a long day.
In the third inning, Mookie Betts started the inning off with a walk. Andrew Benintendi followed the walk up with a single that put runners on the corners. Steve Pearce then hit a sac fly to score Betts to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Rick Porcello struggled a bit in the bottom half of the third. After getting a quick out, Porcello gave up two straight singles that were followed by a double by Jorge Bonifacio that scored both runner that put the Royals up 2-1.
The Red Sox bats tied the game back up in the fourth after Xander Bogaerts reached on an error and Eduardo Nunez hit him in.
The Royals offense answered back again after a couple singles and a wild pitch that gave the Royals the lead. Porcello looked like he wasn’t going to last much longer at this point.
In the fifth, the bats for the Red Sox started to heat up. Mookie and Benintendi started the inning off with a pair of singles. Steve Pearce then singled to load the bases up for Mitch Moreland. Moreland worked a walk to tie the game. Xander Bogaerts then hit a sac fly to center field to give the Red Sox a one-run lead.
The next couple of innings were quiet while Rick Porcello shut the Royals lineup down. In the top half of the seventh, the Red Sox put a few more runs on the board to extend their lead.
Rick Porcello really impressed me in the bottom half of the seventh. He started the inning off by allowing a single and a double. Things didn’t look good for Rick. Alex Cora came out to the mound and it looked like Cora was going to bring in Heath Hembree, but ended up sticking with his starter. This decision turned out to be a great one. Porcello got two straight stikeouts and a pop fly to get out of the inning.
Matt Barnes came out for the eighth inning and set the Royals down in order. The Red Sox offense couldn’t get anything going in the top half of the ninth, so Cora sent Tyler Thornburg out to the mound to try and finish the game off. Thornburg struggled and Kimbrel ended up coming in to try and lock up the win. He did just that by getting a pop up and a strikeout.
Today’s game concluded the road trip for the Red Sox. The team will be back at Fenway tomorrow night to take on the Rangers. The Red Sox will be sending Eduardo Rodriguez out to the mound in this one. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.