Mookie Betts powers Boston back in the win column
Mookie Betts continues to sizzle, blasting two homers en route to a 4-3 victory over Toronto
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The struggling Boston Red Sox needed a win on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. They went into Wednesday on a three-game losing streak, but right fielder Mookie Betts took it upon himself to see that the Sox would not extend their losing streak. Boston defeated Toronto 4-3 but it did not come easy. They recorded two errors in the field and there was trouble on the base paths. They missed opportunities to take a big lead in the middle innings, but Mookie made sure they got a win tonight.
Betts, 25, continues to be the lead-off man that Boston needs. He ended Wednesday hitting two home runs, and now has a franchise-leading 14 lead-off home runs. Betts homered both in the 1st and the 7th inning. In the 1st inning, he pulled his first homerun to left field over the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Next, he decided to go opposite field to right field in the 7th inning for his second homerun of the game. He’s hitting .347/.444/.693 with a 1.138 OPS in the early season.
Between Mookie’s home runs in the 1st and 7th innings, third basemen Rafael Devers struggled to field his position. He picked up two errors on the night. His defense has been suspect in the early going of the 2018 season. In 2016, he committed 14 errors in 56 games, and he’s made 4 errors in 21 games this season.
There were two interesting base running plays, one in the 5th inning and one in the 7th inning. In the 5th, Christian Vazquez nearly passed Jackie Bradley Jr. while running around second after Brock Holt hit a double in the left center field gap. The play was under review but Jackie Bradley Jr. ended up scoring. In the 7th inning, Andrew Benintendi was on third base in a bases loaded situation and failed to score on a what was thought to be a sacrifice fly after Hanley Ramirez flied out to Randall Grichuk. Boston could have won by a bigger margin if the rest of the lineup could have found a clutch hit.
Brock Holt continues to take advantage of his playing time. In fact, he’s killing it. He finished Wednesday’s game with three hits; his second three-hit game of the season. Holt’s hitting streak is now at eight games.
Eduardo Rodriguez stays perfect in the first month of 2018, finishing April with a 3-0 record. E-Rod finished Wednesday going 6.2 innings, giving up six hits, three runs, one walk, and one home run. He also picked up three strikeouts.