The Rays showed last night why they are viewed as an “all or nothing” lineup. Meaning they probably aren’t going to get the bat on the ball very often, but when they do, you might as well just mail it in. Tampa’s ace Chris Archer backed up that lineup, giving up just one earned run in 5 ⅔ innings pitched. Usually, the Red Sox are licking their chops when Archer comes to town as he had a record of 0-3 and an ERA of 7.30 at Fenway Park before tonight, when he earned his first win in Boston.
While the Red Sox offensive numbers aren’t staggering so far this season, they are definitely putting enough runs on the board so that a quality pitching performance can give them a W. This was the case in Wednesday’s 12-5 loss against Baltimore, and it was the case last night. Specifically, the 2016 AL MVP runner-up Mookie Betts had a breakout night, going 4 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. The young shortstop Xander Bogaerts also has been heating up lately, as he went 3 for 4 last night with a walk and an RBI.
The Red Sox will have a chance for redemption this afternoon against the Rays at 4:05 PM ET. The dominant LHP Chris Sale will start the game as he takes on Tampa Bay’s RHP Jake Odorizzi. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more news and coverage for your favorite Boston sports teams. You can also follow me on Twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Thanks for reading!