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The Boston Red Sox won their second game in a row against the Detroit Tigers 7-3. This is certainly a nice turn after the team dropped both game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader. Boston moves to 11-15 with the Michael Chavis inspired victory.
Ah, yes. Michael Chavis. The rookie (second baseman?) clobbered his second career homerun into the monster seat in this contest. It was a two-run shot that put Boston up 2-0 early. Currently, the slugger is rocking a 1.022 OPS. Sure it’s a small sample and there were other highlights in this game, yet the energy this kid has brought in a short window is notable. This team has appeared lifeless most of the year and there’s this giddiness that emanates from him. It’s contagious.
Anyway, Rick Porcello struggled early, appearing destined for another poor outing. After giving up three in the third, however, he settled in nicely and delivered a very 2018 Rick Porcello performance. He stayed in for six innings and allowed just those three third-inning runs. In addition, he struck out five and walked two.
On the non-Chavis offensive side, the team popped ten hits; six of which were of the extra-base flavor. Mookie Betts contributed two to the tally with two doubles. His OPS has soared to a crisp .826. Sandy Leon also got his first hit of 2019, and I guess that’s worth mentioning.
The Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series starting on Friday night. Game One will start at 7:10 p.m. eastern. Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Rays against the vaunted TBD of the Red Sox.