A great way to head into the road trip.
After a shaky start, the Red Sox were able to pull off a massive comeback to seal a split with the Rangers.
It was obvious right from the get-go that David Price did not have his stuff tonight. Coming into tonight, Price had been fantastic in his past few starts and his pitch command was on point. However, the lefty did not have that great pitch command that we have seen lately, tonight. Price struggled right from the start and didn’t record an out until his 27th pitch. He allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings on 49 pitches. The Red Sox were deep in a hole right from the beginning of this game.
The Red Sox offense wasted no time to dig out of that hole, however. J.D. Martinez homered in the home half of the first inning to get the offense going. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run shot in the second to bring the Red Sox within two. A couple of innings later, Michael Chavis hit a solo home run to make it a one-run ballgame and in the fifth inning, Rafael Devers hit a big fly of his own to tie the game up. Xander Bogaerts then came up clutch in the seventh to give the Red Sox their first lead of the game on a solo bomb over the Green Monster.
And I can’t forget about the bullpen! For as much as we have harped on this Red Sox bullpen all season, they did a phenomenal job tonight. Mike Shawaryn started it off, coming in to relieve David Price. Shawaryn threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Colten Brewer, Travis Lakins, Marcus Walden, and Matt Barnes all made appearances tonight in relief and did really well, but the story of the night was Josh Smith.
After Barnes tossed a scoreless eighth, it looked like Heath Hembree would be handed the ninth, but Cora opted to bring in Josh Smith. We found out later that Hembree was battling forearm stiffness making him unavailable to come in. Smith hit the first batter he saw in the ninth, but after that, he settled in and was able to get three quick outs and secure the win.
To say this win was well-needed would be an understatement. This was a really good win for a struggling Red Sox team. Maybe this could give these guys the momentum they need to go on a lengthy run. The Baltimore Orioles are up next and the Red Sox could really use a sweep.
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