The Red Sox Bats Were Hot Again as They Route a Comeback Against the Twins
On [Sunday] the Red Sox bats were hot again. The new batting order has definitely rejuvenated the team. As they Homered 4 times against the Pitching Ace Ervin Santana. Dustin Pedroia had a solo bomb early on. Andrew Benintendi had a 2 RBI Homer. Mookie Betts went deep on a solo bomb. Then in the 6th Sandy Leon hit a 2 Run Home Run to bring the Red Sox back on top [6-4].
Chris Sale ran into trouble in the 5th. His typical shut out performance was lacking. He gave up 4 Runs in the Inning and uncharacteristically walked a few batters to load the bases. But once he got out of that Inning he came back strong in the 6th and shut out the side to get the win. Heath Hembree came into the game in the 7th to preserve the win, he also shut out the side. Sale pitched 6 Innings and got 10 Strikeouts. It was the 6th time in a row that Sale had pitched getting +10 Ks.
The Red Sox bats weren’t done yet, as Mitch Moreland hit an RBI Single to make the game [7-4]. The Twins mounted a comeback of their own, scoring 2 Runs in the bottom of the 8th making it a close [7-6] ballgame. The Sox didn’t want this game to slip out of their fingers, so they brought in Closer Craig Kimbrel early in the 8th. He struck out the side, preserving the win.
In the 9th Inning the Red Sox put on a clinic. They scored 10 Runs, to blow out the game. It was amazing to watch. The Red Sox were trying to get some kind of lead in the close game and they ended up with a real whopper of an Inning. Everyone pretty much got a hit in the RBI parade. Xander Bogaerts kept his 11 game hitting streak alive in the 9th. Hanley Ramirez hit a RBI Single to start it off, [8-6]. Then Mitch Moreland had a 2 RBI Double, [10-6], then Chris Young hit a 2 Run Double, [12-6]. Sandy Leon hit his second 2 Run Home Run of the game making it [14-6].
Bogaerts came back up at the plate, at the top of the order again, and hit a 2 Run Triple, [16-6]. Then with the bases loaded Moreland was walked in a Run ending the Inning at [17-6]. In total the Red Sox had 15 Hits on the day and 5 Home Runs. And a well deserved win to take the Series against Minnesota 2-1. They have a day off today but will be facing the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.