It’s been a while, but the Red Sox finally finish a nine inning meet with the final score in their favor, beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5 to kickoff a seven-game home-stand.
It only took a implosion against the Tampa Bay Rays and series from hell against the New York Yankees, but the Red Sox have won a game, beating the Kansas City Royals to kick-off their three-game series at Fenway Park. A series which went well for the majority.
Let’s start with Rick Porcello. Entering this start, Porcello had a career ERA of 4.66 in 23 career starts against Kansas City. To make matters worse, Porcello was riding a swoon in one of the worst seasons in his career, allowing six plus runs in four of his last six starts for the Red Sox. With all reason to give up on any hope for Boston in 2019, Porcello played redemption ball with a strong showing against the Royals.
On the hill he pitched one his higher quality starts in 2019, especially as of late, going 6.0 innings while allowing just one run off four hits while striking out five Royal batters.
It has been confirmed that following the start, Rick Porcello indeed did not smash any dugout television sets tonight. Another duly noted improvement shown against the Royals.
Offensively the bats again showed why they’re the best in baseball.
Rafael Devers went two-for-four, with his 23rd home-run of the season. Along wit it being his continued career-high and counting, Rafael Devers became the first player in Red Sox history to hit 23 homers at 22 years of age or younger since Tony Conigliaro (28) and George Scott (27) back in 1966.
A continuation of perhaps the best season we’ve ever witness from a Red Sox player at such a young age.
Sam Travis (one-for-four) also homered (3) for the Red Sox. Boston as a team have now hit a home-run in their last 18 games played at Fenway Park which is a franchise record streak. Tonight they beat the previous record of 17 from back in 1969.
Unfortunately not everyone came out with their strongest showing. Matt Barnes was called in for relief with the Red Sox leading KC 7-2 and had that insurance hit 310+ feet over the Monster in left field. The eight inning home-run by Bubba Starling plated three, cutting Boston’s lead to just two runs.
Luckily Brandon Workman had enough insurance on the board, closing out Kansas City in the ninth with just a runner stranded at third base. Workman improved his ERA to 2.01 with the save.
Another Red Sox finishing his night in unfortunate fashion was Mookie Betts who is currently listed day-to-day after fouling a ball off his shin in the seventh inning.
The Red Sox finally show that they’re capable of winning a baseball game, they’ll continue the three-game series against the Royals on Tuesday night. A hopeful kick-start to a late-season run that’ll revive playoff hopes in the American League East Wild Card race.
Andrew Cashner takes the ball for game two of the series tomorrow night. While sitting 0-3 against the Royals in his career, Cashner’s ERA against KC stands at 3.29 through five starts.
It’s up to nobody but the Sox at this point. Let’s see...