Red Sox Win On Strong Performances From Devers and Price, 6-3
The Red Sox came in with some momentum on this Tuesday night after a comeback, walk-off win on Monday. And what a great opportunity Boston had to carry this momentum with David Price pitching against what seemingly was the White Sox bullpen.
Some Shaky Defense Leads To Runs On Both Sides
The Red Sox offense started off hot, partially due to some questionable White Sox defense. Mookie Betts led the first inning off by hitting a bleeder grounder between the shortstop and the third baseman. White Sox, shortstop, Tim Anderson, backhanded it and threw the ball off balance. The ball went out of the reach of first baseman, Jose Abreu, and Betts was able to reach second on the play. The very next batter, Rafael Devers, hit a blooper to left. It dropped in fair territory and spun out of play for a ground-rule double. Left fielder, Eloy Jimenez, seemed to pull up on the ball before he should have on that play. It seemed like a very catchable ball, but it was ruled as a double for Devers, and most importantly, a run for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox could not drive in Devers from second, and then the White Sox benefitted from some bad defense on the other side. On the second inning’s leadoff hitter, Xander Bogaerts threw a ball away and out of play to put James McCann at second base. After Eloy Jimenez struck out, Jon Jay flicked a blooper over the infield for a hit to tie the game. Price was able to get out of the second inning without allowing another run, but ran into more trouble in the third.
After Tim Anderson hit a double, James McCann hit a two-out double to drive him in and grab the lead. The next batter, Eloy Jimenez, hit a ground ball to short, but Bogaerts misplayed a backhand and the ball went to left field, driving in another run. It was marked down as a hit, but that play clearly should have been made and the earned run should not have been charged to Price.
The Red Sox Offense Takes Over While Price and Co. Dominate
But, after the White Sox run, the Red Sox offense answered back. They loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the third. Jackie Bradley Jr. was unable to drive in a run, but Christian Vazquez hit a two-run single to tie it up, 3-3. Then in the fifth, Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run at a projected distance of 429 feet. And in the sixth, Eduardo Nunez drove in Michael Chavis on a sacrifice fly after two singles from Chavis and Marco Hernandez, respectively. This made the score 6-3, and it would remain that way. Meanwhile, the Red Sox pitching staff did not give up another run (obviously) for the rest of the game. They ended up striking out 15 batters total. Price struck out nine, and then Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, and Brandon Workman each struck out two.
If I gave out a Player of the Game award, I would give it to Rafael Devers, who went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI. David Price’s performance should be recognized as well, as he only gave up one earned run in my eyes.