Boston Red Sox beat the Rangers 11 – 6 for the 2nd win in a row – Porcello gets 3rd win of the year
You know it’s a good time in Boston when they win for the hometown fans. You also know it’s a good thing when the boys from Beantown get some run support for Rick Porcello. Porcello picked up his 3rd win on the season tonight. The bats were rolling tonight as well. Xander Bogaerts also was fire picking up three hits including a very clutch two run single in the 5th inning.
After a questionable ball call and a foul ball, Bogey ripped the next offering into left field. Bogaerts finished the night with a double, 3 RBI’s, and four runs scored. With this three hit performance, the X Factor also improves his batting average to .329 and now has 15 runs knocked in on the year. He’s still searching for his first long ball of the season. Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Benintendi, and Mitch Moreland each had two hits as well. Pedey and Mitchy-Two-Bags also knocked in two runs each.
The call to the bullpen to bring in Craig Kimbrel almost happened but after some more late inning heroics by the Sox, he was quickly brought back down and Matt Barnes was brought in to finish out the game. The Sox have now put back to back wins together improving to 23 – 21 to stay in 3rd place but have moved a game closer to the 1st place rival Yankees. The Orioles are just two games ahead of the Sox and have lost 3 straight.
At this point last year, Porcello was 7 – 2 on the season getting the no decision on his 10th start. What’s changed in a year? Porcello last season gave up 9 hits once and 12 hits once all season long. This year, RP has allowed 9 or more hits in 4 starts including his last three. Oddly enough he’s only 1 – 1 in those games.
In games where he’s allowed 6 hits or less he’s 1 – 3. Very bizarre to say to the least but it’s a clear indication that he’s just not getting run support. Porcello also did see his season ERA rise from 4.23 to 4.35. If you look at his numbers from 2016 and 2017 they aren’t all that different. Bad luck has played a key part in his lack of wins. Porcello only won once in April.
Tomorrow night, the Red Sox will look to get their 3rd straight victory on the season as they’ll have their best pitcher on the mound. The Rangers will have Martin Perez going up against the almost perfect Chris Sale. Should be a quick one.
Photo Credit – Jeremy Gottlieb – Boston.com