E-Rod’s top run support carried on last night as the Sox lineup scored nine runs… featuring All Star snub Rafael Devers getting himself another homerun. With three months left of baseball to go, the 22 year old is standing tall at 16 HRs 61 RBIs. Good bet next season he will deservedly be wearing All Star gear in Los Angeles. Rodriguez allowed just the one run and could have gone longer than five innings, but a lengthy rain delay washed it out. His nine wins lead the team, something no one could have predicted.
Walden was the first man out of the pen. While he gave up two hits and walked a batter, Betts and JBJ committed errors that led to four runs. Luckily after Walden was pulled, the bullpen behind him (Brasier, Barnes, Hembree) gave up just one more run over 3.2 innings. Xander Bogaerts’ three run HR in the 8th, ended up being the difference.
Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Red Sox, trying to forget his last start. Porcello opened up the London Yankees series by giving up six runs and getting just one out. Owning his lineup a round of beers, he got a No Decision as they rallied to tie it in the bottom of that crazy 1st inning. After shutting out the Twins offense over seven innings, the Yankees and Blue Jays battered Porcello to the tune of 11 ER in 6.1 innings. He’ll look to lower his ERA to back under 5.00, while pitching against his former team.
Jordan Zimmermann takes the ball for the Tigers. Not having himself a good season either, Jordan has an 0-5 record in nine starts with a 5.36 ERA. It’s been obvious for quite a bit now that he should have stayed in the National League. In his first full five seasons as a National, his highest ERA was 3.66. His four seasons being a Detroit Tiger, you ask? Well they are 4.87, 6.08, 4.52, and 5.36. In fact Comerica Park has been a House of Horrors for him. In 226 innings pitched, he’s given up 43 HRs and has a 5.93 ERA.
This is his 2nd start of the season vs the Sox. On April 25th at Fenway, he took the loss giving up 5 ER in three innings.
First Pitch – 4:10pm ET !!!
Rick Porcello — Career vs Detroit Tigers in 4 starts, 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA. Career at Comerica Park in 91 starts, 37-29 with a 4.53 ERA.
Gordon Beckham – 15 for 34 (.441 avg) 6 Doubles, HR, 6 RBIs, 3 Walks, 6 Ks
Miguel Cabrera – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) 3 Ks
Jeimer Candelario – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) RBI
Nicholas Castellanos – 4 for 10 (.400 avg) 2 HRs, 3 RBIs
Harold Castro —–
Brandon Dixon – 0 for 3, K
Niko Goodrum – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk
John Hicks – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K
Jordy Mercer – 0 for 2, K
Victor Reyes —–
Christin Stewart —–
Bobby Wilson – 4 for 13 (.308 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Ks
Jordan Zimmermann — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 6 starts, 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA. Career at Comerica Park in 42 games (41 starts), 14-20 with a 5.93 ERA.
Boston Red Sox:
Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) Walk, K
Mookie Betts – 4 for 6 (.667 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks
Xander Bogaerts – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) RBI
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks
Michael Chavis – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, K
Rafael Devers – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, 2 RBIs
Marco Hernandez – 0 for 2, 2 Ks
Brock Holt – 0 for 2, Walk, K
Sandy Leon – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) RBI, Walk, K
J.D. Martinez – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, K
Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) RBI
Christian Vazquez – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double