Red Sox trounce O’s in game one of doubleheader
Sox blowout the O’s as several records are broken
Image via Zimbio (Sept. 25, 2018 – Source: Getty Images North America)
As the Red Sox season is practically wrapped up until the postseason, all we can hope for now is keeping the team healthy. Shattering team records wouldn’t hurt, either. The Sox did both of those things on Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Sox put on an absolute offensive clinic against the O’s. They scored 19 runs, and they did it mostly through the long ball. The team combined for 5 dingers and 9 doubles as a part of their 22 hits, a season high. This one was never in doubt. They scored 5 in the first on a pair of doubles from Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. They would both go on to have a great day. Devers had 6 runs driven in, and Bogey had 4.
Apart from all the scoring, the theme of the day was broken records. The first came in the second inning. Mookie Betts solidified his MVP campaign by reaching the 30/30 mark. After reaching base on a walk, Mookie stole second to get his 30th steal on the season. He became the 40th player in league history to reach the prolific mark, and the first Boston player since Jacoby Ellsbury did it in 2011.
Mookie absolutely deserves the MVP, and today’s game should alleviate any questions surrounding that.
J.D. Martinez also accomplished a rare feat. In the fourth, he launched his 42nd home run on the year. He tied Dick Stuart with the most homers in a first season as a member of the Boston Red Sox. J.D. and Mookie were just pieces of the offensive onslaught. The team put up 2 or more runs in 6 of their offensive innings. It was business as usual for the Sox. They did what they should agains the O’s, a team that now owns 112 loses on the year.
The records didn’t stop there. With the win, the Sox continue to up the franchise win record with the club’s 107th win.
Apart from the offense and records, there really isn’t much to discuss. David Price was fine, giving up 3 through 5 innings of work. The bullpen was good. They shutout the O’s as the Sox cruised to the finish in this one. Again, everyone was healthy, the team did what they were supposed to do, really nothing to see here.
Chris Sale will continue his “rehab” starts in Wednesday’s second game. One full start here could be a bode of confidence for the rotation heading into the playoffs. He’ll face the Orioles’ Jimmy Yacabonis as we close out the final week of the regular season.
If you’re looking for some meaningful baseball tonight, keep an eye on how Sale does. But, with the AL all but set, the NL is still wide open. Milwaukee and St. Louis have a huge matchup tonight. There is still important baseball out there, but you’re not going to find it in Boston until October.