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Boston Red Sox Defeat Houston In Thriller, Tie For First

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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.

In relief John Farrell used Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Robby Scott, and Craig Kimbrel.

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.

Game 1 of the series takes place on Monday at 8:15pm in Kansas City with Hector Velazquez on the mound against Jason Hammel.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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