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What a weird game.

It wasn’t the prettiest game that you could ask for, but the Red Sox performance was good enough to get a win to start the second half.  Coming off of the All-Star Break, I didn’t really expect to see an outstanding game.  It was a pretty slow game that seemed like it lasted forever, but the Red Sox got a win and extended their lead in the AL East to 5.5 games.  I’ll take it.


Let’s start with David Price who had a great start.  This is the type of start that Price needed.  After several awful pitching performances to end the first half, he really needed to pitch a good game to get back in a groove.  You can’t really ask for a better game from the Red Sox lefty.  He tossed six strong innings without giving up a run and striking out five batters.

The offense was pretty much nonexistent in this one.  Steve Pearce had the only RBI of the game which came in the first inning.  This also happened to be the only run scored in the whole game.  The offense had plenty of opportunities to score in this one, they just couldn’t get hits when they needed them.  Fortunately, the pitching held the Tigers to zero runs, so that one run in the first was all they would need.

There were a couple of scary moments in this game with injuries.  The first moment came in the third when J.D. Martinez made an outstanding play in right field.  Martinez banged his head off the wall though when he caught it and I really thought he was going to have to leave the game.  Luckily, he turned out to be alright.

The other scary moment that I’m referring to occurred in the fourth inning when Brock Holt was trying to make a play at second base, but was spiked by the runner (it was a clean slide).  Holt ended up leaving the game.  Later in the game, the Red Sox announced that Holt had left the game due to right knee contusion and is day-to-day. Brock took to social media after the game to let the fans know he was all good though:

I’m not going to wrap this up without talking about the bullpen in this one.  Hembree, Barnes and Kimbrel all made appearances in last night’s game and did a great job.  They shut the Tigers down for the most part and helped give the Red Sox their 69th win.

The Red Sox will be back in action tonight against the Tigers with Brian Johnson on the mound.  Rafael Devers will be making his first start off the DL tonight, too.  First pitch is at 6:10 PM ET.