By: Greg Keenan
The Red Sox were off to the races right from the get-go yesterday, as they were able to walk away with a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The starting pitcher for Boston, Eduardo Rodriguez, picked up the W as he delivered a quality start as he went six innings only allowing one hit and no runs. The 24 year old southpaw also struck out seven hitters, however he also walked five men.
Eduardo Rodriguez had missed his last start due to being on paternity leave. Fortunately, he was able to look solid for the first time his son watched him start a game on television. He also made a short appearance out of the bullpen in Toronto, where he went an inning retiring all three batters he faced and striking out two of them. The new father has been consistently decent this season, and has really stepped up in David Price’s absence.
E-Rod’s outing was overshadowed however by what the pitcher who replaced him did to the Orioles’ all-star third-baseman/shortstop Manny Machado. When RHP Matt Barnes was in his second inning of the day, Machado stepped up to the plate. Barnes then proceeded to throw a 90 mph fastball at the head of Machado on the first pitch, and is immediately ejected by the homeplate umpire without warning. This was triggered by what some can view as a “dirty slide” administered by Machado to Red Sox second-baseman Dustin Pedroia in the first game of the series that forced him to miss the last two games.
On the offensive side of things, there wasn’t a whole lot that went wrong as seven guys out of the starting lineup had a hit yesterday. The game started with two straight singles from Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi, respectively. Mookie Betts drove them both home with a three-run homer. That home run marked his ninth in Camden Yards for the 24 year old. Hanley Ramirez, followed that up with a rocket to left field, as the Red Sox go back to back. Boston was able to put four runs on the board before Baltimore could make an out in the top of the first. Mitch Moreland also put a charge into one as he goes deep in the top of the fifth. Andrew Benintendi had himself a day as the rookie went 5-5 with an RBI yesterday.
The Red Sox have an off day today, but will prepare to play the rival New York Yankees in the first game of the home stand. RHP Rick Porcello is expected to get the ball, as he looks to repeat his last performance, where a lack of run support gave him an L, but was still able to give a solid outing. The reigning Cy Young Award winner is 1-2 on the season with a 5.32 ERA. For more Red Sox content, you can follow me on twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage of your favorite Boston sports teams.