The Boston Red Sox had a double header against the Yankees after a 16 inning game the night before – Sox and Yankees split series
The Yankees had played 96 games this season with getting shutout. Last night Craig Kimbrel was just three outs away from locking down his 24 save in 26 chances but surrendered a game tying home run in the 9th inning. After the 9th, the Yankees and Red Sox played another seven innings. The Yankees went on to win the game 4 – 1 in 16 innings. Kimbrel got the last laugh tonight locking down his 24th save in 27 chances.
This game wasn’t without it’s struggles, some with the calls and some with the plays. Mookie Betts got the offense started tonight with a two run homer and Dustin Pedroia had an RBI single later on in the game. The Yankees got no runs all game breaking their 96 game streak of scoring at least one run in a game. The most impressive play of the game came when Jackie Bradley Jr. robbed Aaron Judge of a home run in deep center.
If you had to ask JBJ if he’d rather hit a home run or rob a home run, I’m pretty certain he’d say that he’d rather rob one any day. He’s a class player thinking of team first and I’m very happy to see that he’s turned it around after a disastrous first month this season. He reminds me a lot of Torii Hunter. He loved robbing home runs.
That has become the norm for JBJ. No one plays better defense in center field or the outfield better than him. It’s become a spectacle in center field when he plays, you’re almost always guaranteed some kind of magic. Lest we forget, he’s got an absolute rocket for an arm. Here’s the video of the catch. Maybe we’ll don this play, “The Catch.” What made the catch better? Watching David Price smile at the 49 second mark from ear to ear after he realized Judge didn’t get one over the fence in the deepest part of Fenway Park.
While the catch was the most impressive play, the most impressive player was by fair Price. Price pitched eight innings allowing no runs and no walks on seven hits and struck out eight batters. It will certainly go down as his best start of 2017. With the win Price now moves to 5 – 2 with the 3rd most wins behind Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz. Price threw 107 pitches, 75 of which went for strikes. He was absolutely locked in tonight.
Why else should Sox fans be happy? Price has moved his ERA down from 4.61 on June 29th to 3.39 as of the second game of that double header. He’s allowed just two earned runs over his last 20 innings, good enough for a 0.90 ERA and is 2 – 0 in those games. If this wasn’t his “I’m-back-let’s-do-this,” party then opponents had better be scared. He’s also working a 4/22 walk to strike out ratio over his last three starts as well.
It was his 5th straight quality start and second game over his last five where he’s gone at least seven innings strong. If the Sox have two or three starters that can consistently get seven plus innings of work in before requiring the pen, maybe the team can survive without getting another arm via trade. Wouldn’t that be something?
The Sox would be smart to pass on making any more unnecessary trades for relievers since the last few have blown up badly. I say pass only if two things happen, one, we’ve lost Carson Smith for the rest of the season once again and two, Joe Kelly will be out of commission for an extended period of time. If we were to lose another arm in the pen, then I think acquiring an arm in that scenario would be a must.
The Red Sox were very happy that the final game of their four game series went their way. With the win, the Sox split the series two games each moving back into a 3 1/2 game lead about the Yankees. The Tampa Rays have made some noise now in 2nd place in the division only 3 games back after the loss today to the Angels.
The boys from Beantown have to be happy after seeing the types of performances from Price and Pomeranz as of late. We already know what Sale brings to the table. They’ve become the new core three pitchers in Boston. I’ve said it before but once Eduardo Rodriguez comes back, it’s going to be a very lethal rotation for any team to face.
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