Make that eight straight wins!
I believe this is called a win streak. The Red Sox continued to stay hot in Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers. The Red Sox were able to come back after a slow start to the game. Like Alex Cora said, this was pretty much a bullpen game since Velazquez only going to go a few innings. Jalen Beeks struggled, but the Red Sox were able to pick up the win and that’s all that matters at this point!
The game started off really well when Hector Velazquez threw a nine-pitch first inning to start things off. But, the Red Sox offense wasn’t able to have as good of a first half inning as Velazquez did.
Velazquez didn’t have a good second inning though. Velazquez started the inning off by striking out Adrian Beltre on a couple of really bad pitches that Beltre could have crushed. Fortunately, he wasn’t able to make contact. Velazquez wasn’t as lucky the next batter he faced. Rougned Odor came up to bat after Beltre and smashed a sinker way over the right field fence. If we are being honest, it is one of the farthest balls I have seen hit at Fenway Park. Velazquez was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more damage. The Red Sox bats couldn’t get the run back in the bottom half, so after two innings, the Rangers were up one run.
The Red Sox starter walked the first batter he faced in the third, but was able to work around it and get three quick outs. That would be the night for Velazquez. Cora said before the game that the plan was to keep Velazquez’s pitch count low and for him to only go 2-4 innings.
The offense would have a HUGE half inning in the third. After getting one quick out, Blake Swihart came up to the plate and started the rally off by hitting a ground-rule double. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed that by a double of his own to score Swihart and tie the game up. Mookie Betts then struck out which brought up Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi hit a double that scored Bradley and gave the Red Sox the lead. With two outs, J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland both singled which brought in one more run. Xander Bogaerts then came up with two runners on and tripled to score two runs. When it was all said and done, the Red Sox had a 5-1 lead.
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Jalen Beeks came out for the fourth inning and he did not have a great start. Beeks hit the first batter he faced and then gave up a single that put runners on the corners with nobody out. Beeks was able to get a ground ball right back to him to get a double play. One runner was able to score on that play, but that was it for the Rangers that inning.
Beeks could have gotten into big trouble in the fifth, but was bailed out by Mookie Betts. After allowing a runner to get on to start the inning off, Rougned Odor hit a deep fly ball to right field that was headed right to the Red Sox bullpen. Mookie was able to track the ball down and rob Odor of a home run. If Mookie didn’t catch it, it would have been a 5-4 ballgame.
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Beeks got in some more trouble in the sixth inning. The Rangers singled to start the inning off. Jackie Bradley Jr. then made an outstanding catch to get the first out of the inning. Beeks then gave up a double to put two runners in scoring position. Alex Cora opted to bring in reliever Brandon Workman to try and escape the jam. Workman immediately gave up a double which brought the Rangers within two runs. Workman then got two quick outs to get out of the top half of the inning.
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The Red Sox bats started another rally to get a run back in the sixth. With two outs, Swihart came up to bat and was able to get on with an infield single to start things off. Bradley then came up and hit a double into left-center field that was able to score Swihart and extend the Red Sox lead to three.
Matt Barnes came out for the seventh inning and struck out the side. After the Red Sox got one more run in the seventh, Joe Kelly was called upon for the eighth inning. Kelly had a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth and came back out for the ninth and pitched another scoreless inning to end the game.
The Red Sox will go for their third consecutive series sweep on Wednesday night with Chris Sale on the hill. The offense will be going up against Bartolo Colon. First pitch is at 7:10 PM ET.
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