First Baseman Mitch Moreland Helps Power The Boston Red Sox To A 11-3 Win Over The Detroit Tigers
When the Boston Red Sox signed Mitch Moreland this offseason many looked at the signing as a stop gap kind of deal. But Moreland has other plans with the first baseman being a nice little addition to this Red Sox lineup.
On Friday Moreland had a home run in the fourth inning and then had a key hit to help the Red Sox rally in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a monster home run to make it a 5-3 ballgame in favor of Boston. On Saturday Moreland picked up right where he left of and helped power the Red Sox to an 11-3 win over the Tigers to make it two in a row against Detroit.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the seventh inning with runners on 1st and 2nd, Moreland hit a scorcher to the opposite field for a bases clearing double to give Boston a 5-3 lead en route to the victory. Moreland went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, two intentional walks, and two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to five games.
Moreland has gotten hot in the last 20 games, in that stretch he is batting .333 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI’s. Fenway Park has also been very kind to the Red Sox newcomer with Moreland hitting .542 in his last 8 games on the Red Sox home field.
Morleand is batting .276 on the season with 8 home runs and 32 RBIs.
Chris Sale Continues To Be A Different Pitcher
Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was the one who got the start on Saturday night against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Sale went 7 innings and allowed 3 earned runs while striking out 7 batters and was able to earn the win thanks to a strong seventh inning from the Red Sox offense.
Sale is Boston’s best pitcher but as of late he hasn’t been acting like it despite the fact that he hasn’t lost a ballgame since April 27th against the New York Yankees.
Sale had a 1.19 ERA in April and then in May a 4.24 ERA.
Two completely different versions of Chris Sale, he is still pitching in a way that keeps his club competitive in games, but he needs an outing where he goes out and tosses 8 innings and only gives up 2 or fewer runs. May 19th was the last time Sale gave up fewer than 3 runs, for a start fewer than 2 runs you have to look back to April 20th where he went 8 shut out innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sale’s season ERA is at a 2.97 and he has an 8-2 record, so in reality it is tough to complain for Boston, Saturdays start was a step in the right direction for Sale.