Every time Andrew Benintendi has been in the starting lineup, he has shown Red Sox fans why he wasn’t worth trading for Jose Quintana. Benintendi had the chance to make his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night and certainly did not disappoint. Andrew went 3 for 3 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI. He’s now 8 for 16 (.500) since being called up to Boston and has not shown any indication that major league pitching is capable of fooling him. When you play in the majors for long enough, opposing pitchers are going to find a weakness and continue to attack it until you can adjust. Since this is Benintendi’s first time playing each of the different teams, there is really no scouting report and this is why I believe that he’ll continue to hit this way for now. So far Benintendi has led me to believe that there is no weakness or hole in his swing. However, it’s far too early to say that this is true and that Benintendi is the real deal. If Benintendi can continue to make this kind of offensive impact, he has the potential to single handedly jump start this offense.
Dustin Pedroia had a big night that was overshadowed by Porcello and Benintendi. Pedroia was the one who originally tied the game at 2 when he laced a line drive down the right field line off of Yankees starter Luis Severino. He doubled to right again in the 5th for his 3rd RBI of the game. It was nice to see Pedroia start to go the other way again. Pedey has proved to be at his best when he is taking all the outside pitches he gets to right field for singles and doubles. With Pedroia batting .115 over his last 7 games coming into Tuesday, it should be very encouraging for Red Sox fans to see him get back on track.
I want to give a quick shoutout to Matt Barnes for inheriting Kimbrel’s mess in the 9th and getting out of the jam. With 98 mph gas as well as a solid curveball, I like to think of Barnes as Craig Kimbrel if Kimbrel knew where the ball was going when he threw it. The Sox have Drew Pomeranz on the hill for them on Wednesday. Hopefully, Pomeranz can get back on track after his 5 walk performance and get his first Red Sox win out of the way. If the offense can produce like it did Tuesday night, you have to like Pomeranz’s chances.