Boston Red Sox Win On David Ortiz Jersey Retirement Night
The Boston Red Sox took the victory on a day where the organization retired David Ortiz‘s No.34.
Boston defeated the Los Angeles Angel’s 9-4 at Fenway Park on Friday night with the offense clicking on all cylinders for the Red Sox.
Catcher Sandy Leon led Red Sox hitters with 3 base hits including a two-run homerun in the 6th inning. In total, Boston had 10 base hits and drove Angels start Alex Meyer out of the game after just 3 and 1/3 innings pitched.
Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez who has fallen to the 6th spot in the lineup had a two-run home run in the game out to opposite field. But the struggling Ramirez only went 1-for-4 in the game.
Another struggling member of the Boston Red Sox had a nice game though.
Red Sox starter and reigning Cy Young Rick Porcello had a nice start for Boston. Porcello went 6 and 1/3 innings for Boston while giving up 8 hits and 3 earned runs. All three earned runs from Porcello came in the seventh inning with the right hander looking very solid until that point.
Entering Friday’s start, Porcello’s ERA in June was 7.40. Despite a shaky ending to his outing, the Red Sox have to like what they saw from Porcello on Friday. Porcello’s season ERA drops to an even 5.00 and his record moves to 4-9.
Bullpen Looked Solid With Kelly In New Role
In relief John Farrell used Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, and Blaine Boyer. Kelly was used in the eighth inning role over Matt Barnes who struggled the other night in Kansas City costing Boston a game. Kelly ended up pitching an inning and 2/3 for Boston before Boyer came in to record the last out of the game.
Boston’s bullpen gave up 2 hits and struck out 3 batters in 2 and 2/3 innings of work.
Next up for the Boston Red Sox is a 7:15PM start with David Price on the mound taking on JC Ramirez of the Angels in game 2 of the series.