Red Sox score a crap ton of runs, beating the Royals 10-6
Featured image courtesy of Zimbio.com: (April 29, 2018 – Source: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images North America)
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 10-6 on Monday night. With the victory, Boston advances to 21-7 on the season, while Kansas City falls to the inverse of the Sox’ record at 7-21. Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for the Red Sox and Jason Hammel did the same for the Royals. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Xander Bogaerts has been unstoppable to begin the 2018 season. Well, that’s actually a hyperbole because he did technically get stopped by an ankle injury earlier in the month, but, screw it, you get the point. When he has been on the field, X has given it to ya harder than ever before. He accumulated three hits on the night, including a wicked grand slam that went really, really far.
Need proof? Here’s a video, from the lovely MLB.com, of the shot that reached fellow Red Sox Unfiltered writer Dave Latham all the way in Maine.
Right before Bogaerts went incredibly deep, the Sox trailed the Royals 3-2 in the bottom 3rd and looked grim after E-Rod had surrendered three runs. It was a disgusting night, a mixture of cold air and rain as the perpetrators. Luckily, the X-Man lifted our spirits higher than he lifted that ball, putting the BoSox on top 6-3. Here’s a nifty Tweet, courtesy of Red Sox Notes.
The Red Sox have hit 6 grand slams this season, tying the 1996 Expos for the most by any team in MLB history before May 1 (source: @EliasSports).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) May 1, 2018
Also, I liked this gem from Red Sox Stats, so I shall share that with you all as well.
Sox have hit a slam in 15% of their opportunities this month. The rest of MLB 3%.
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) May 1, 2018
Hmm. While that is a very savory statistic, I would be remiss to inform you that is simply not sustainable. No team hits a grand slam in 15 percent of their opportunities in a month (besides the Red Sox, of course), let alone a season. Do you know how many standard deviations above the mean the Sox are in that category? I mean, I’m not going to do the math for you but it is certainly a lot.
Anyway, Mitch Moreland, or Mitchy 2 (or 4) bags, also had quite the performance in the game. Batting directly in front of Bogey in the 4-hole, the left-handed slugger belted 3 hits in 4 at-bats, including an opposite-field double and a solo-homerun to right field. Moreland’s dinger was the first run of the night for the team.
As aforementioned, E-Rod allowed 3 runs to K.C. in the first 3 innings, but the pain did not end there. In 4 innings of work, the southpaw gave up 5 earned runs, 5 hits and 3 walks, with 6 strikeouts to make the line look a little sexier.
The silver lining of Rodriguez’s performance was that Hammel did much worse, giving up 8 earned runs in 4 and 2/3 innings. There is always a silver lining if you look hard for it. Well, except for Hammel because, yeah, that was brutal.
Hector Velazquez came in for 2 innings of pure domination, lowering his ERA to 2.05 on the season. Carson Smith also kept the Royals off the scoreboard and Brian Johnson allowed just 1 to touch home plate in his two innings of work.
Mookie Betts sat in his second straight game after exiting a game on Saturday against the Rays with hamstring tightness.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. eastern time Tuesday night to begin the month of May. Chris Sale (happy early/late Sale day to you all) will be the starter for Boston, opposing Jakob Junis for the Royals in the second game of the series.
I will depart with this fun Tweet I tweeted out.
21 wins, 6 grand slams in the month of April. I hope May is quivering in its boots #RedSox
— Red Sox Unfiltered (@bosoxunfiltered) May 1, 2018