Despite two rain delays that pushed the game’s finish past midnight, the Red Sox were able to hold off the Tigers and grab the win. Believe it or not, Boston was actually able to score a run with the bases loaded. Regardless of the fact that Mookie Betts hit into a double play with no outs, it’s a step up from not scoring at it. David Ortiz continued to close in on his usual 30-100 season by mashing his 29th dinger for his 96th and 97th RBI’s of the season. The Tigers offense continued to underperform, managing just 2 runs in a combined effort between Drew Pomeranz and an unintimidating Red Sox bullpen. Saturday night’s win has put the Red Sox in position to go for the series win on Sunday afternoon. First, here’s what the you can take away from the Red Sox 3-2 win:
Drew Pomeranz put forth his second consecutive solid outing, collecting his second Red Sox win. Unfortunately for Drew, the elements did not want to cooperate. His outing was shortened to just 5 innings despite only throwing 51 pitches. On the bright side, Pomeranz was able to pound the strike zone allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, and no walks while striking out 4 in the process. This start was another step in the right direction for Pomeranz after pitching a career high 7 ⅔ innings in his last start against Cleveland on Monday. It seems as though he has been more aggressive in the strike zone in these last two starts. In his first few starts after the trade, Pomeranz seemed afraid to come into the zone. This resulted in too many walks, as well as high pitch counts that did not allow him to go deep into games. In his last 2 starts, Pomeranz has attacked the strike zone. This has allowed him to pitch more efficiently and help stay away from the unreliable pitchers in the bullpen for as long as possible. This is exactly what the Sox thought the were getting when they acquired Pomeranz, and hopefully this is what they’ll continue to get for the remainder of the season.
David Ortiz homered for the second straight game. After going on a bit of a cold streak following the All-Star break, Big Papi is hitting .524 over his last 7 games with 3 home runs, 7 RBI’s, and a 1.600 OPS. He doesn’t care if he has to single handedly carry this team to the finish line. Ortiz is determined to make sure that his final at-bats will come in the postseason. There’s no question as to whether or not Ortiz can keep this up into October. The real question here is, Why does he have to leave? As cool as it is that he’s going out at the top of his game, not getting to see Ortiz in the lineup next year is going to leave an empty feeling in my heart that nobody can fill. I guess Edwin Encarnacion will just have to try his best.
The Red Sox win allowed them to keep pace with Toronto and remain just .5 GB in the AL East. They did however can gain one game in the Wild Card race following another ugly loss by the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and have officially gotten hot at the best time. If they can continue to beat up on these mediocre teams, I have confidence that they can clinch the division and not have to worry about a one game playoff. Their push for first place continues on Sunday afternoon. Eduardo Rodriguez will take the ball despite an injury scare during his last start in which he had to be removed after 4 no-hit innings with left hamstring tightness. Over his last 7 starts, E-Rod has posted a 2.52 ERA. These are ace-like numbers and I am ecstatic to be seeing this out of Eduardo. Hopefully he can keep it up tomorrow in Detroit’s pitcher friendly ballpark.