The Red Sox played a great game last night on ESPN to defeat the Astros and win the series 2-1. Price had a very poor night on the mound, but even as he struggled managed to keep the Astros to only 3 runs in 5+ innings. The Astros threatened to score in every inning but Price got out of most of his trouble. The Astros led 2-1 after 5, but the Sox came out and scored 4 runs in the top of the 6th to take a 5-2 lead. The game was far from over. The Astros then scored 2 in the bottom of the 6th with a homer off Price and then a homer off Hembree. The bullpen run was the first run allowed by the pen in 26 innings, but the Astros weren’t finished. The Sox scored another run in the top of the 7th and then held the score at 6-4 until the bottom of the 8th. The Astros almost tied it as the Sox pen (Barnes and Scott) walked the bases loaded and then gave up a single with one out that would have tied the score if it were not for Benintendi in left. He fielded the ball and threw a perfect strike home that nailed Altuve trying to score from second almost right behind the base runner from 3rd. That would be the difference in the game as Kimbrel got another save, but Benintendi really saved the game with his great throw. The game ended with Vazquez throwing out a would-be base stealer at second as the Astros desperately tried to get the tying run into scoring position. The final was 6-5!
The Yankees lost their 6th straight game so the Sox win put them in a tie for first in the division. It has been a long climb, but the Sox have finally reached the top. If the Yankees continue their losing streak, we may pull ahead on our own. The Sox play the Royals for three coming up and they could be tough as they have been playing well lately. If we can win 2 of the 3 for our 4th straight series win, we will be in fine shape going forward. If we keep playing as we did last night, we should be able to do it!
Unfortunately, Pedroia may be hurt after being hit by a pitch last night and there doesn’t seem to be any word on Betts, who was also hit by a pitch and then a throw on a pick off attempt at second base. Let’s hope one or both of them can play tonight and going forward. Betts was in a lot of pain both times he was hit and Pedroia had some swelling and left the game early to get x-rays on his rib cage. They were negative, but his situation is listed as day to day. We need both of them healthy if we are to continue making our move into first place.
The Sox are now 39-30 and have won 7 out of the last 10. The Royals, who they play tonight, don’t have a winning record this season, but have also won 7 of their last 10. It will be a battle of two hot teams that are both pretty good, so it should be a good series. The Sox have Velazquez on the mound tonight and as he is essentially an unknown, we don’t know how he will do. I expect they will have to score some runs in this one to get the win as he is bound to give up some. It should be an interesting game. Game 2 on Tuesday will see Sale on the mound, so unless the Sox are completely anemic on offense (which they have been in some games lately) we stand a good chance of winning. Keep in mind, though, that Sale lost his last outing 1-0.
So, let’s just keep plowing ahead and see if we can take the top spot in the division for ourselves as the season goes on. If we can continue to win as we have been we should own first ere too long and be able to distance ourselves from the pack. We just need to stay steady and keep moving forward. If we can avoid a losing streak, we should be fine. We will see what the future brings! Anyway, Go Sox!