Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello finally gets 2nd win on the season behind 11 runs of offense against Twins in 2nd game
Boston Red Sox bats have a funny way of coming alive. After looking absolutely lifeless last night minus a solo shot by Andrew Benintendi and then a two run single by Chris Young, the Sox exploded in the 2nd inning of today’s match up knocking in 8 runs. Young continued on with his path of destruction against the Twins with two solo home runs. Dustin Pedroia had a bases clearing double, giving him 3 RBI’s today and 6 RBI’s in his last 5 games. He also tallied his first stolen base of the season. Young hit his first two homers on the season and has back to back games with multiple RBI’s. Before yesterday, he entered the season with just three RBI’s.
The Sox have been a frustrating bunch as it seems like every time they find a way to let fans down, they find a way to give us hope. Tonight was especially important because they had failed to give Rick Porcello any run support over the last few starts. Porcello had a 1 – 4 record before this afternoon. His four losses this season matched his total in all of 2016. He was long overdue for run support. After not registering a W in his five starts, Porcello was given an 8 spot in the top of the 2nd inning. Talk about support right?
The last three starts in which Porcello pitched, the Sox managed to get 0 runs, 1 run, and two runs on the board. Naturally 11 runs scored in a game he starts would be a nice in offsetting the 1 run average over his last three. Porcello finished the day allowing one run on seven hits over seven frames striking out six, walking no one and yielded one home run. He’s now has four quality starts in a row and for the 6th time in seven starts.
So 11 runs? Okay so it was off of Nick Tepesch who hadn’t pitched in the big leagues in over two years and also hadn’t won a game since 2014, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. It is nice getting that kind of offense after not being able to crack an 8 on the scoreboard. The Sox certainly earned the victory.
Young went off today for two jacks, Pedey had a big double knocking in three, Sandy Leon had a solo home run in the 9th inning and of course it wouldn’t be a Red Sox game if Mitch Moreland didn’t get an RBI double right? That’s right, Mitchy-Two-Bags knocked in his 12th RBI on the year with his MLB leading 14th double of the season. Last season Moreland had 21 doubles in 147 games, so far he’s got 14 through 30 games in 2017.
Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, and Leon each had 3 hits leading the Sox bats tonight. Bogey is still searching for his first home run on the season but is maintaining a batting average of .337 and on base percentage of .387 which both lead the Red Sox. Every Sox starter had a hit in the contest against the Twins this afternoon. Deven Marrero, who didn’t start the game, reached base safely in his only attempt registering a walk. It was a great offensive performance today especially after yesterdays miserable final result.
The Sox were playing for someone special today as on more than one occasion we saw Young showing off his t-shirt under the jersey saying, “Team Kevin,” in support of minor leaguer Kevin Steen. Steen, a 20 year old pitcher, was drafted by the Red Sox in the 9th round back in 2014, is in critical condition after being involved in a violent car accident where a car lost control, went airborne, and then crashed into Steen’s SUV.
No one is expecting the same result in game 3 when they face off against Ervin Santana who is arguably the only pitcher in the American League having a better season than newcomer Chris Sale. Both are front runners for the Cy Young Award at this point in the season. Sale has a 1.38 ERA with 63 K’s in 45 2/3rd’s innings with a 2 – 4 record while Santana is a perfect 5 – 0 with a 0.66 ERA with 33 K’s in 41 innings.
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