Brian Johnson Pitches a Complete Game as the Red Sox Win 6 Straight
It was a sunny [Saturday] at Fenway. Rookie Brian Johnson took the mound for the Red Sox. It was only his 2nd Major League start and his 1st start at Fenway. And boy did he have a great game. He faced off against a Seattle Mariners team that has been shaky all year. Johnson left them shaking in their cleats all game.
Johnson pitched like an Ace Starter. He was really dialed into the strike zone. Out of the 109 Pitches that he pitched 89 of them were Strikes. I mean that’s all he pitched were strikes. He went right after the batters and his location was incredible. He had about five 1, 2, 3 Innings. And pitched a complete game shutout. It was the first complete game of the year by any Red Sox Pitcher. It was remarkable to watch. At the end of the night he had 8 Strikeouts, gave up just 5 Hits and had no Walks. After the 5th Inning you just knew that you were watching something special. There was no blemish on his score card.
The Red Sox bats were hot again as they made the most out of the shutout. In the 1st Inning they quickly grabbed the lead scoring 3 times making it [3-0]. Then in the 6th Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 2 Run dinger to make it [5-0]. In the 8th Moreland hit an RBI Single to seal it [6-0]. That would be the final score of the game.
Brian Johnson’s toughest inning came in the 5th with two runners on base. But he easily got 3 Batters to Fly Out to shut down the comeback. The best part about Johnson’s night was that the Sox didn’t have to go to their bullpen. The Rookie took care of business and gave the tired bullpen the night off. In all at the end of the game, it felt like Johnson pitched a no hitter. That feeling really persisted in the 9th Inning. Especially with JBJ’s amazing catch in the top of the 9th. This win keeps the Red Sox Win streak alive at 6 straight. The Red Sox are now only 2 games back of 1st in the division behind the Yankees.