Boston Red Sox; JBJ in clutch, Offense unstoppable and Sale dominating
Being in 1st place? Not a big deal. Winning games and showing competitiveness? Now that’s a big deal. It’s a big deal because it shows how important it is that each teammate wants to win, and that’s exactly what the Boston Red Sox wanted to do in Friday night’s defeat over the LA Angels.
The Sox showed just how important that game was. First off, they came out strong on offense. Second, the team showed their defense. Last but not least, Red Sox starter, Chris Sale was on the mound Friday night, showing his opponents no signs of defeat or tiredness.
On offense, the Red Sox came together as a team and were able to put up a total of five runs in just the first inning. Benintendi singled to left field, allowing Mookie Betts to score, making it a 1-0 lead. Then, Mitch Moreland singled and Benintendi score from second, on a wild throw earlier, allowing him to advance from first to second, making it 2-0.
After that, Moreland scored on Hanley Ramirez’s single but was able to advance to second, on another wild throw, making it 3-0 at this point. Later, Xander Bogaerts singled and Ramirez scored as they advance the score to 4-0. Finally, making the score 5-0, Bradley Jr. doubled to right, which allowed Bogaerts scored, giving Chris Sale and the Red Sox some room to work with for the game and helping themselves to start the game strong.
On defense, CF, Jackie Bradley Jr. showed how important it was for him to be starting the game in the outfield. He made an incredible wall climbing catch robbing Escobar of extra bases. Los Angles 3rd basemen, Yunel Escobar hit the ball deep to right-center field, hoping for a double or triple but, Bradley Jr. had other plans. By showing off his speed he was able to catch up to the ball and record an out for his team.
Pitcher, Chris Sale pitched six solid innings grabbing just nine strikeouts, on two walks. He gave up only four hit but did not allow anyone to score. All three factors were the reasons why the Red Sox proved they wanted to win that night game against the Angles, and they sure did.
PawSox pitcher Kyle Martin was called up to Boston on Wednesday and made his MLB debut as a reliever on Thursday night. As well as pitching on Friday night. During his debut, Martin pitched a solid 1.0 inning and giving up just one walk on one strikeout. Not too shabby in your debut start as a reliever. However, on Friday night, Martin pitched 1.1 innings allowing one run to score on two hits and a walk. Of
Of course that one run was a solo shot which was crushed by LA’s catcher, Martin Maldonado. Even though it was just one run, the Red Sox were still ahead 6-1 and Martin still pitched a solid inning. Coming up to Boston from Triple-A Pawtucket, he showed his team, his fans, his family and most importantly, himself how important it was for him to be at Anaheim Stadium on Friday night. But let’s face the facts, the atmosphere between the majors and the minors is completely different. Some people come up and show their strength, like former Red Sox outfield Daniel Nava and current outfielder Andrew Benintendi, and have a great season. Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was
Let’s look at Benintendi, the Boston Red Sox brought him up in September 2016 and had a great season, until he got injured. But before he was at Boston, he was playing for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs where the Boston Red Sox made sure they kept an eye on him, when their decisions came later in September on call-ups. Whereas, Martin came up from Triple-A Pawtucket. Now, without a doubt, Double-A and Triple-A are very different from each other. But the bottom line is the atmosphere between majors and minors can impact a player either in positive or negative ways. Unfortunately, it affected PawSox pitcher, Brian Johnson a few years ago. He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the
He was brought up in 2014, to make his MLB debut start. However, during the game he struggled throwing the ball his way and was hurting, physically and emotionally. He was having a hard time adjusting to the change in atmosphere. He even lost his first game during his MLB debut. After the game ended, reports interviewed Johnson, asking him how he was felt to be in Boston, the adjustments he’s had and all that other information other journalists are curious about. His response was that he would rather be down in Pawtucket facing his anxiety and other problems than to spend his time in Boston having a hard time finding himself. However, in just two games, reliever Kyle Martin showed that the atmosphere hasn’t bothered him one bit. Despite the home run he allowed, he showed what an excellent pitcher he just was.
Another reliever, Matt Barnes had an excellent night as well. He gave up just one run on one walk and one strikeout. However, during the 9th inning, Barnes was showing signs of him struggling, after he just got one out. He was struggling because he made many mistakes. His first was when he walked Martin Maldonado, then he allowed Maldonado to advance on a passed ball and lastly, he allowed left fielder, Ben Revere to reach first and allow Maldonado to score. With just one out, the score changes to 6-2, and still the Red Sox were ahead, but Barnes wasn’t focused. He needed to refocus. He was definitely shaken up by his mistakes, but Farrell stuck with him. After calling time and having a mound visit, Barnes was refocused and ready to close out this game. He struck out pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena and Yunel Escobar grounded out to Mitch Moreland, leaving Revere on base unable to score. Farrell was right and kept him in the game as the Red Sox walk away with a W.
Despite the hiccups, the Boston Red Sox were faced with, they were still able to walk away with their heads held up high as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 6-2 at Anaheim Stadium Friday night.