The Boston Red Sox pick up their second win of the year, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2
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The Boston Red Sox won a close 3-2 battle over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. Rick Porcello started the contest for Boston, while Tampa Bay had Andrew Kittredge begin the game as their starter. The Red Sox move to 2-1 on the year and the Rays drop to 1-2. The game was played at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Fla.
Behind a strong performance by Rick Porcello (5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 K and 1 BB), Boston got their offensive attack started with a Xander Bogaerts solo shot to left field in the 2nd inning. The Red Sox tagged another run on in the 4th inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored from third base on what was ruled an “error” by third basemen Matt Duffy. Eduardo Nunez was ruled safe at first on a seemingly tough play, as first basemen Brad Miller was unable to scoop the ball. The misplay put the defending A.L. East Champions up 2-0 heading into the 6th.
In the top of the 6th, Bogaerts did more damage, pulling the ball to left for an RBI double. Boston was sitting on a 3-0 lead when Tampa Bay answered in the bottom of the same inning with a fairly deep Joey Wendle sacrifice fly to left, scoring the first run of the game for the team.
The Rays, who were sporting their retro “Devil Rays” uniforms, put a bit more pressure on the Red Sox in the bottom of the 8th. Carlos Gomez demolished a high pitch off rookie Bobby Poyner, who was making his MLB debut, for a solo homerun to left field. The game was knotted at 3-2 entering the bottom of the 9th.
Naturally, closer Craig Kimbrel was brought into close the game out and he did just that. He was aided by a swift line-drive double play by Bogey, catching Mallex Smith before he was able to return the bag. A soft infield fly ball to, you guessed it, Xander Bogaerts recorded the last out and the win for the Red Sox.
Notes & Opinions
- J.D. Martinez compiled his first hit in a Red Sox uniform. It was an opposite field double to deep right-center. He went 2-4 in the game. I guess it was also his first multi-hit game then, too.
- Red Sox Unfiltered hero Bobby Poyner made his MLB debut in tonight’s game. He entered the 7th inning with two outs and got the job done, however, the 8th inning was more quarrelsome for the lefty. As aforementioned, Carlos Gomez took him DEEP. It felt like a father watching his son and the ensuing pain was nauseating.
- This Tweet is also cool:
Xander Bogaerts is the first Red Sox player ever to record multiple extra-base hits in each of his first 3 games of a season (source: @EliasSports). The only other major leaguer to do that in the last 100 years is LAD’s Adrian Gonzalez (2015).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) March 31, 2018
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:10 p.m. eastern time tomorrow. It will be the last of the four-game series, which Boston currently holds a 2-1 advantage. Hector Velazquez will make his 2018 debut tomorrow as the Red Sox starter and Jake Faria will do so for the Rays.