Can you say Pitcher’s duel. Last night’s game was that and more. Porcello pitched well again and gave up no runs on only 3 hits through 6.1 innings. The pen then continued to do well preserving the shutout and giving up only one hit. Ross actually came in with a tough situation (men on first and third with 1 out) and got the next two batters to preserve the 1-0 lead. Bradley produce the only scoring with a home run in the 6th. The final: 1-0.
So, there wasn’t a whole lot of offensive excitement. With Ortiz and Ramirez both sitting the game out the lineup seemed slight. The Sox threatened to score a couple of times, but produced no runs with men in scoring position (they were 1-7) and after three in a row with double digit hits they were held to only 6.
It was good to see the pitching staff do well. Kimbrel earned another save by preserving the lead in the 9th and not allowing any base runners. He doesn’t seem to be living up to his record in past years as he has had some rough outings so far. No trouble last night, though. I believe he now has 6 saves in the young season out of 7 attempts.
So, it was a win for the team and they go to 10-9. The Braves are 4-15, so we should come out of this week in pretty good shape. The National league rules are different so it makes for a different kind of game. Their rules helped contribute to the low scoring game I think.
It’s the Braves again tonight with Price on the hill for the Sox. Let’s hope he can do better than his 7 or so era indicates. It may be another pitcher’s duel as Whistler goes for the Braves. I hope we can pull out another win against a struggling team. We shall see what we shall see. Go Sox!