Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston In Thriller On The Back On Xander Bogaerts
In game three of the series the Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astro’s 6-5. Sunday nights win means the Red Sox secured the series win against a good team, but it also was an entertaining affair.
The Red Sox had David Price on the mound who was hit hard, but was able to pitch 5 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits allowed. Price attempted to pitch the sixth inning, but gave up a monster homerun only three pitches into the inning and was yanked.
It wasn’t the usual lockdown bullpen though with Hembree giving up a home run in his inning of work and then in the 8th Matt Barnes almost pitched away the lead. Barnes pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked 2 batters and was then pulled to lead way for Scott. Barnes was credited one earned run.
Scott walked a batter of his own and gave up a hit to add to the tensions in the 8th before getting the Red Sox out of it with a one-run lead. Kimbrel came in to close the game and after striking out the lead-off man he allowed Derek Fisher to single up the middle. Kimbrel got the next batter to fly out to Andrew Benintendi with a watchful eye on Fisher who was attempting to move over to second the entire time.
With two-outs in the inning Fisher tried to take second and almost did if it wasn’t for a spectacular thrown by Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez.
The Red Sox offense recorded 8 hits as a whole, but the real offensive hero was short-stop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with 4 of the Red Sox RBI’s. Bogaerts had a solo home run in the first inning and then to follow it up he had a two-run home-run in the 6th inning.
Sunday’s win was Bogaerts first career multi-home-run game. It wasn’t all good for the Red Sox offense though. Second basemen Dustin Pedroia took a fastball square in the back and showed some anger about getting hit only to leave the game and go to a local hospital for x-rays.
Pedroia was cleared to travel and is with the team in Kansas City for their mid-week set with the Royals.