Offense comes alive late to back good bullpen in win
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The Red Sox need a break from playing all these mediocre teams. Swept by the Rays, duking it out with the Marlins and now the White Sox making it interesting is not something we need. But, here we are. And it looked like it was going to be another long night early on.
With Rick Porcello getting the start Thursday night, the Sox were put in an early hole. Avisail Garcia went deep with a two run blast, just the third White Sox hitter to come to the plate. They tacked on another run later in the inning to give themselves an early 3-0 lead.
One inning later, the White Sox added to their lead with a Garcia sac fly. Garcia had a pretty up and down day – 3 RBI and 2 punch outs – but his efforts were the difference for a while. The Red Sox offense, however, was just down for the first 6 innings. The most frustrating moment came in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jackie Bradley Jr. came up with the best scoring chance of the day. Instead, the Sox came away with nothing and the shutout continued.
Finally, some good happened in the 7th. With Brock Holt on third and Ian Kinsler on first, Blake Swihart knocked a run in with a single. Then, JBJ pushed Kinsler across with a sac fly to make it 4-2. The bottom half of the lineup put up good RBI numbers in this one.
Then, some really good happened. Mookie Betts hit a homer during Tuesday’s win against Miami. Prior to that, however, he had not hit one over the fence since August 9th. In that 19 game stretch without a homer, Mookie also had just 10 RBI. Well, it looks like he might be back on track because he now has a homer in back to back games. This one was a rocket, and it tied the game up for the Sox in the 7th.
The bullpen did a great job picking up for Rick Porcello. He was pulled after 5 innings of work. The bullpen combined for 4 innings of shutout work which went a long way in the Red Sox coming back. We even got good Joe Kelly, who struck out two in his one inning of work.
It took all the way until the 9th for the Red Sox to finally grab a lead. Bradley Jr. was responsible for the go ahead run. He drove in Kinsler from third to make it 5-4. Andrew Benintendi had his turn soon after with an RBI single. And finally, to cap it all off, J.D. Martinez blasted his 39th homer on the year, a 3 run shot to put the game out of reach.
The Red Sox face Chicago again Friday night. It will be Nathan Eovaldi going up against Michael Kopech. It will be the first time the young phenom will face his old time. The Red Sox magic number is down to 20 games with a win and a Yankees loss to Detroit.