This year’s Red Sox just love to keep us guessing. Following a complete shut down by the Orioles last weekend, the Sox just swept the Blue Jays. A disastrous weekend has morphed into a great week. Hanley Ramirez homered in back-to-back games. Chris Sale achieved 1500 career strikeouts in his 17th 10+ K game of the season. After scoring 4 runs to the Orioles 25 over three games last weekend, I seriously questioned this team’s ability to perform.
Though a 50% week isn’t our best, it’s better than the direction we were headed after this weekend. This season has been a rollercoaster of wins and losses with a sometimes-inexplicable first place standing, but it looks like a playoff run is still possible.
– Mitch Moreland had 4 RBIs in 2 at-bats with a pinch-hitting 2-run homer in the 7th and a 2-RBI single in the 8th
– Hanley Ramirez homered tonight and last night, so hopefully he’s back in fighting form since we’re Papi-less for the first potential playoff run since 2003
– Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers completed a rare double steal
– Rick Porcello had 7 K’s over 6.2 innings
– Joe Kelly pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning
– Even though Toronto scored first in the 3rd, Hanley tied it up in the 5th and the Sox went on to win 7-1
– The Red Sox remain in first place and have resolidified a 5.5 game lead over the Yankees