The Red Sox and Athletics played an afternoon affair on Thursday. Coming off a 7-3 loss to Oakland on Wednesday night, Boston was looking forward to getting back on the field. An uncharacteristically rough start for Doug Fister resulted in a bad loss to a bad team & the Yankees closed the gap by a game in the AL East with their win. When the Red Sox have needed a win it seems as though Drew Pomeranz [15-5 3.35 ERA 161 K] has been there to deliver one.
It wasn't until the 5th inning where the game would see its first run be scored on a sacrifice fly by A's catcher Josh Phegley. On the play, Future HOFer Rafael Devers would cut-off the throw by Benintendi and catching LF Mark Canha in a rundown to end the inning. It was yet another wiser-than-his-age play from Devers who has proven he belongs at the big league level.
Oakland wouldn't keep the lead very long. Not with Christian Vazquez in the Sox lineup. Boston was playing some quiet baseball and the Fenway Faithful were not as lively as they could have been. Leave it to Christian Vazquez to fix all that.
In the bottom half the of the 6th inning, the Red Sox opened the game up a little. Hitting 3 doubles in the inning, Boston scored twice. Dustin Pedroia extended his 27 game hitting streak against the Athletics, which is currently the longest hitting streak any player has against any single opponent, with a double. Over those 27 games, Pedey his batting .421 with 7 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs and 26 runs scored.
Andrew Benintendi, who went 3-for-4 on the day, hit the first of his two doubles, to score Pedey from second base. Benny is now hitting .280 on the season, 7 points better than Yankee's rookie RF, Aaron Judge. Moreland would add a RBI double, his 31st, of his own to cap the inning.
The Red Sox would tack on three more runs in the home half of the 7th inning. After a leadoff double by Devers, Brock Holt attempted to move him over to 3B with a bunt. Holt popped up a bad bunt that was thrown away by Oakland 3B Matt Chapman. Devers moved to 3B & Holt took 2B.
In a breathtaking moment, Xander Bogaerts was hit with a 92 MPH fastball thrown by Sam Moll. Bogey was able to shake off the obvious pain and take his base. Seemingly feeling no effects, Bogey swiped second base before scoring with Holt on Benintendi's 3rd hit of the afternoon.
Andrew Benintendi leads MLB rookies in hits with 144 and now has 83 RBI, only 7 behind Aaron Judge. In addition to hits and batting average, Benintendi also leads Judge in doubles, stolen bases and has 71 less strikeouts. Since the start of August, and his infamous two-game benching, Benny is hitting .318/.396/.534 in 37 games.
FINAL SCORE: RED SOX 6 - ATHLETICS 2
Photo Credit - The Boston Herald