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The Boston Red Sox entered Thursday’s game with a chance to sweep the Angels in all six games of the 2018 season. Safe to say, mission accomplished. Thanks to a great game by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a solid performance by Brian Johnson, the Red Sox swept the Angels, winning their final game 4-2.
Boston Red Sox Sweep Angels
Despite the matchup of relatively inexperienced pitchers, the game started out as a pitcher’s duel. Jackie Bradley Jr.made the games first big play in the top of the first. Red Sox starter gave up a blast to straightaway center, and it looked destined to be at least a double. However, Bradley got on his horse and made a phenomenal play while crashing into the wall. JBJ has a long record of phenomenal catches, but this may have been the best of them all.
The Angels drew first blood in the top of the fourth. Johnson had been giving up warning track flyouts all game long, but his luck ran out when shortstop Andrelton Simmons launched a solo shot way over the Green Monster. Johnson got out of the fourth without allowing any further damage, but it would be his last inning of work for the day.
Fortunately, the deficit wouldn’t last long as third baseman Rafael Devers answered with a homer of his own. The young lefty took a low offering to straightaway center, easily clearing the wall and tying the game, 1-1. The third baseman has overcome his early season struggles and has been a big part of fixing the bottom of the order.
The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Mitch Moreland launched a double off the Green Monster, sending J.D. Martinez to second. Rather than facing Xander Bogaerts with one out, the Angels intentionally walked him to face Brock Holt. Holt made them pay, drawing the go-ahead walk to take a 2-1 lead.
While the Sox didn’t add any damage in the sixth, Jackie Bradley Jr. all but ended the game in the seventh. With a runner on first, Bradley took a high fastball over the Red Sox bullpen for a two-run blast. Bradley’s bomb gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Joe Kelly made it interesting in the eighth, allowing a run and two baserunners before recording his first out. However, Kelly was able to minimize the damage in large part due to a phenomenal catch by Andrew Benintendi. Despite the scare, the Red Sox managed to leave the top of the eighth with a 4-2 lead.
The Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in New York tomorrow for a three-game series. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball, facing off against CC Sabathia. Make sure to check out the series preview before the series starts.