By: Greg Keenan
On what might be the most famous day in New England, the Boston Red Sox were able to send the home crowd happy as they pulled out the 4-3 victory against the Rays. The starting pitcher for Boston, Steven Wright, got the W as he allowed three runs (only one earned) on nine hits in six innings of work.
Nobody really expected much of Wright coming into this game, based on his last start. He allowed eight runs (all earned) on as many hits (four homers) in less than two innings pitched. His knuckleball wasn’t doing what he wanted it to do, so he had to throw a lot of fastballs, which for him top out at 86 mph, and it was batting practice for the slugging Baltimore Orioles. Yesterday however, though he struggled early, the 2016 all-star did not allow a run after the 1st inning. Obviously it wasn’t an outstanding performance, but it was more than good enough.
Craig Kimbrel also keeps his save streak alive, as he is 25 for his last 25 save opportunities, the second longest streak in the big leagues. Speaking of streaks, Mookie Betts consecutive at-bats without a strikeout is just stupid. Boston’s brightest star hasn’t struck out in 122 at-bats. The runner-up in that category is not even close with just 43 at bats.
The Red Sox offense also stays hot as they really came through for Steven Wright. The rookie Andrew Benintendi had himself a day, going 3-4 with two RBI’s. He is now third on the team in hitting, with an average of .314. The red-hot Mookie Betts also had a decent day at the dish, going 2-4 with an RBI. He’s second on the team hitting .325.
The Red Sox will travel to Toronto tomorrow to take on the struggling 2-10 Blue Jays. LHP Brian Johnson will make his first MLB start for the Red Sox since 2015, due to the loss of LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to the paternity list. He will be matched by the World Baseball Classic hero for team USA, RHP Marcus Stroman. You can follow me on Twitter for more Red Sox related content @KeenanGuyBoston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more coverage of your favorite New England sports teams.
(Photo: New York Daily News)