The Sox got a win in a long, drawn out, four hour game last night. The Sox starting pitcher, Owens was as wild, maybe even wilder, than ever. He gave up 2 runs and walked 6 in just 3 innings before being replaced by Hembree in the 4th. The later did not pitch up to his usual standard as he gave up a run on 5 hits with 2 walks in just 1.1 innings. The pitching then settled down with Barnes, Tazawa and Ross finishing out the game with no runs allowed. In all there were 16 walks by both teams, with 9 by the Red Sox and 7 by the White Sox. The Sox had 3 homers by Pedroia, Ramirez and Bradley and managed 12 hits. Needless to say there were a lot of men stranded on base by both teams. The final was 7-3.
Pedroia went 3 for 5 for his 6th 3 hit game of the season. Poppy did well again with 2 hits and an RBI. The RBI’s were spread out from top to bottom with 7 players having 1, but nobody having more than that. Only Betts and Shaw were without any batted in. It was a good offensive game, but they could have scored much more if they hadn’t left so many on base and in scoring position.
Betts made a great play from right field that the game may have hinged on. It was 4-3, Sox, at the time and the White Sox had the bases loaded with one out. A shallow fly ball to Betts in right resulted in a double play as they tried to score from 3rd on the sacrifice and were thrown out on a good throw from the outfielder. If the run had scored it would have been a tie game with two men still in scoring position and 2 out. Who knows what might have happened, then. The Sox went on to score 3 more runs, while their bullpen kept the White Sox in check, but things could have been a whole lot different if Betts hadn’t made the play.
Speaking of Betts, he has not been hitting the ball well lately. Not as well as a lead off man should. His on base percentage is over ,300 so I guess that’s not too bad, but his barring average is only .254. He needs to step it up if he wants to stay in the lead off position.
Not that the Sox have needed it too much lately as they have now won 10 of their last 13 and retained first place in the division with the win. The Orioles also won, so they are still half a game ahead. They take on the Yankees next, who continue to struggle at the bottom of the division.
It is Porcello on the mound tonight in New York, so we should have a good game, if he continues his lights out pitching. He has been doing well, perhaps better than any, for us so far and is 5-0 on the season. The pitcher for the Yankees should be hit able as he has a 6.33 era. Such pitching on both sides are the components for a good Red Sox victory.
So, things continue to go well for our team. Their record of 17-11 represents more games (6) over .500 than they were at any point last season. If they can continue to play at the level they have been we should do much better than that by season’s end. Things are looking good and let’s hope they continue.
Perhaps they have proven in the last 2 games that they can play with the best and even won 2 out of 3 against the team with the best record in the AL so far this season. It will take a while to fully prove it, but you have to feel pretty good about the team right now.
There is still a long way to go, but I like our chances, if injury doesn’t bring us down. It’s early in month 2 of 6, but so far, so good. Let’s carry it on through the rest of the way and prove that we are the team to beat in the AL. October is 5 months away. Keep it up and we may make it to playing in that month as well. Go Sox!