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The Boston Red Sox entered Thursday night’s action with one of the hottest lineups in the league. Winners of the last nine, Boston entered their matchup with the Blue Jays with a league-best 65-29 record. David Price took the mound, looking to make it ten straight victories. The lefty made a solid start, but Mookie Betts was the hero, as the Sox improved to 66-29 on the season.
Mookie Betts Grand Slam, 5 RBI Night, lead Sox to Victory
Let’s talk about that fourth inning because that is easily the highlight of the game. Thanks to a comedy of errors and batted ball luck, the Red Sox managed to put a run across the base, load the bases, and make J.A. Happ throw over 30 pitches when Mookie Betts stepped up to bat.
In what is literally one of the greatest at-bats of all time, Mookie Betts refused to let J.A. Happ get him out. After 13 grueling pitches, Mookie found an offspeed offering he liked and absolutely punished the ball. The right fielder blasted a grand slam way over the Green Monster, and the Red Sox took a 5-1 lead they would not relinquish.
While Mookie’s heroics stole the spotlight, David Price had a strong night of his own. Price entered Thursday’s game on the heel of two rough starts, and it looked like it would be another ugly day for Price. In the top of the first, the Blue Jays got on the board with a two-run homer by Teoscar Hernandez. However, Price still managed to strike out the side and got out of the first without any further damage. He stayed out of trouble until the seventh inning when he allowed a solo shot to start off the inning. In all, Price went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs whiles striking out eight.
Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has had considerable success against Boston throughout his career, and that streak continued through the first three innings. Looking almost unhittable, Happ had little to no trouble plowing on his first trip through the Red Sox rotation.
That is, of course, until the wheels fell off the wagon. The Red Sox caught a few lucky breaks, but Happ wasn’t able to put Boston away until it was too late. For the first time in a long time, the Red Sox went up against Happ and put some serious damage on him.
Forgotten in all the commotion was a scary-looking injury early in the game. Newly acquired first baseman Steve Pearce suffered a nasty injury when he was hit in the shin by a fastball. While Pearce tried to stay in the game, he was eventually replaced by Blake Swihart. According to reports, the X-rays were negative and Pearce is officially day-to-day.