By: Greg Keenan
There aren’t really many positive things to say about the Red Sox - Orioles game in Boston last night. The Red Sox got clobbered. Boston suffered a brutal 12-5 loss against the first place Baltimore Orioles, splitting the two game series at one a piece. The knuckleball-hurling starter Steven Wright allowed 8 earned runs on 8 hits (4 of which were homers) in just 1 ⅓ innings pitched.
If there’s one thing the 2016 Orioles were known for, it was hitting home runs. They led the league in total team home runs with 253. An impressive 28 more homers than the second place St. Louis Cardinals. They also had Mark Trumbo, who led the league in home runs last year with 47, and 5 other players with at least 20 ding dongs. With a similar squad starting off 2017, we saw first-hand just how far these guys can swat the ball last night, when they took Red Sox pitchers deep 5 times.
It’s not like the Orioles completely dominated the Red sox either. Boston still managed to score 5 runs, and at one point even had the tying run at the plate after coming back from a 9-0 deficit. 2 of those 5 runs, came from this oppo homer from Pablo Sandoval. Mitch Moreland also stays hot as he ripped a double into left field, giving him 6 two-base hits on the young season.
On the defensive side of things, we got to see Andrew Benintendi shine in his natural position in centerfield with this gem. Steven Wright, like his knuckleball, tends to be very unpredictable. Last year was his longest year in the majors at age 31. For the most part, Wright was having a great 2016 despite some humidity and weather issues affecting his grip on the knuckleball. That is, until he suffered a shoulder injury while running the bases in a game against the Dodgers. He had made some starts after returning from the disabled list, but was not nearly as effective as he was early on in the season.
The Boston Red Sox will play a makeup game against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 2:05 PM. The original game was postponed due to weather. The young LHP Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball for Boston. Be sure to visit GuyBostonSports.com for more Red Sox coverage tomorrow. You can also follow me on Twitter @KeenanGuyBoston. Thanks for reading!
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