Rays @ Red Sox Game 2 (4-20-16)

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Well, the Sox won one. They finally showed some more offense with a 7-3 final score. The top of the batting order got it done with Betts, Bogaerts and Big Poppy all contributing with RBI’s. Poppy had two big hits and 3 RBI’s. He seems to continue to want to make this, his final season, a memorable one. Mookie finally got the bat going a little bit and contributed with two hits and 3 runs scored. Porcello had a good outing from the mound, going 7 innings and only allowing the 3 runs. All in all, it was a good effort for the team. Let’s hope it can continue.

That brings the teams record back to .500 (7-7) and though they have not shown greatness so far, they are still in pretty good shape if they can win some more games, that is. Maybe the offense is back; maybe today’s game was just a hiccup. We shall see. If the offense can continue to get the job done like last night, we should be set to make a run, as the pitching has been good of late.

Ramirez is back from Pawtucket due to the injury to Kelly, who has been placed on the 15 day disabled list. Soon, we will see who is called up to replace Kelly in the starting rotation. Ramirez may go back down then, but I hope he will stay. He deserves a chance and has not pitched that badly. He did fine in the 9th inning last night, allowing one hit and no runs.

The starting pitching may be of some concern, but I am not too worried. We have Rodriguez and Smith coming back soon and this should improve both the pen and the starting rotation if they pitch up to their potential. We should be in pretty good shape with the pitching staff we will have going forward.

The big question is whether the offense can continue to get the job done. If it goes into a prolonged slump, we are doomed for sure. It was good to see them bounce back last night. If it can continue, perhaps we can make the run we are all expecting. If not, things may go the other way. One cannot do it with pitching or offense alone, but both are needed.

If we can get both aspects of the game working together, look out world. All we can do as fans is continue to watch and hope for the best. At least we are back to .500 and poised to make a run. Whether that run happens or not remains to be seen. This is baseball, anything can happen. Go Sox!

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