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Boston Red Sox Defeat White Sox With Rookie Third Basemen Rafael Devers Continuing To Hit

The Boston Red Sox took on the Chicago White Sox on Thursday to start a four-game set at Fenway Park. Boston’s offense came out firing with 7 runs scored in the first inning, but a poor start from Rick Porcello kept this one close with a final score of 9-5.

Another Poor Outing From Porcello

Rick Porcello got the start to open up the series with his start delayed one game after the rain out of the series finale with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Porcello went 5.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 base hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The struggling reigning CY Young winners ERA now sits at 4.71.

Fernando Abad was the first pitcher out of the bullpen. Abad pitched to one batter, Omar Navarez, who he struck out swinging to make it two outs in the top of the 6th inning. Behind Abad, John Farrell brought in Heath Hembree.

Hembree recorded the last out of the 6th inning and ended up throwing .1 innings striking out the only batter he faced just like Abad. In a four run game, Farrell used Addison Reed in the 7th inning for his second appearance with the Boston Red Sox.

Reed was flawless setting the White Sox down 1-2-3 in one inning of relief for the Boston newcomer. Matt Barnes had the 8th inning, in which he pitched without giving up a hit. The 9th inning on Thursday was delegated to Brandon Workman who pitched a perfect 9th striking out the first two batters he faced before getting Alen Hanson to ground out to Eduardo Nunez at second base.

Boston’s Offense On Point With Devers Leading The Charge

Boston Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers has impressed everyone the last couple of weeks far exceeding all expectations set forth upon him. Thursday’s game was no different. In his first at-bat, Devers smacked his third home run of the season with a two-run home run.

This was Devers’s 2nd home run at Fenway, both of which have been opposite field into the Green Monster. Devers is only the 4th Red Sox player in the last 100 years to homer in at least 3 of his first 8 MLB games (last: Mo Vaughn, 1991).

Devers’s didn’t stop there though. The 20-year-old third basemen later worked a walk in a 9 pitch at-bat against a left-handed pitcher. Devers ended up going 1-for-4 with the walk and the home run. Another home run hitter on Thursday was Mookie Betts.

Betts’s only hit was that home run which was a two run shot in the 2nd inning for his 18th home run of the season. The most successful Boston hitter of the night though was left-fielder Andrew Benintendi.

Benintendi went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single, a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

As a unit the Boston Red Sox offense collected 15 hits en route to a 9 run affair for an offense that has been on the rebound.

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What is next?

With the win, Rick Porcello picks up his 5th win of the year to move to a 5-14 record on the season. As a team, the win brings Boston’s record to 60-49 and propels them one game farther ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.

New York suffered a 1-5 defeat to Cleveland to drop to 2 games back of Boston for first.

At Fenway park this season the Red Sox have a 33-20 record. Which gives them the best home winning percentage in the entire American League with a .623.

The Red Sox are back in action for game 2 of the series on Friday with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound taking on Carlos Rodon at 7:10 pm.

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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