Benintendi can’t stop hitting, lifts the Red Sox to a 8-3 win over the Blue Jays
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Memorial Day afternoon. With the victory, Boston propels their MLB-best record to 37-17 on the season, while Toronto drops to 25-29 with the loss. David Price took the hill for the Sox and Aaron Sanchez did the same for the Jays. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
It was the first of a three-game set against the American League East foes and it got started early with a scary moment. In the top 1st, Yangervis Solarte smoked a line drive off the chest of Price. He immediately recovered, picking up the ball, which ricocheted off his chest and into the grass in front of him, and threw to first to record the final out of the inning. He appeared in a bit of agony coming off the field, with an arm covering the inflicted area and a simultaneous wince on his face.
He walked two batters to start the next inning, prompting the Sox trainer and manager Alex Cora to convene with him on the mound. It was unclear if he would remain in the game, but he battled through. In the end, he totaled 5 innings of work and allowed just 2 earned runs in that time. Additionally, he struck out and walked 4 a piece.
The big bat for the Red Sox in this game was in the title. Andrew Benintendi, who is having a stealthy outstanding season, went 3-5 in the contest. He finished a double short of the cycle, accumulating his first opposite-field homerun of 2018 in the bottom 4th.
J.D. Martinez also decided he wanted to be tied for the league-lead in homeruns again by demolishing his 17th of the season WAY over the monster. It was a solo-shot and, with it, he is tied with Mookie Betts and Mike Trout for the lead.
Lastly, Jackie Bradley Jr. had one of the best catches of the year, ranging back on a deep drive by Morales to the 420 mark in center field to make a leaping grab. Here’s the video, courtesy of MLB.com, which paints it better than my words could ever attempt to articulate.