Friday, April 20, 2018

Game 18: Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels (April 19, 2018)

I'm so glad it's Friday because these late night games really do a number after a few days. I managed to watch the first inning before succumbing to sleep, but I did see Mookie hit his second leadoff home run of this series. Just incredible. He's really mashing right now and if he keeps it up, I see a repeat of his stellar near-MVP 2016 season unfolding. He's already well on his way. The Angels actually managed to tie the game at one in the bottom of the second, but as has been usual this season, the Red Sox pulled away by scoring two in the fourth off the bats of Rafael Devers and JD Martinez. Former Red Sox outfielder Chris Young hit a solo homer to bring the Angels within a run, but the Sox would tack on five more runs before the game was over, including three RBI from Andrew Benintendi (one of which was a solo home run), another RBI from Devers, and an RBI from Mitch Moreland. When all was said and done, the relentless Red Sox attack propelled them to a series sweep and their seventh straight win with a final score of 8-2. It seems like every game there's one or two guys who are hot with the bat, and then the next game someone who may have been slumping a bit steps up and has a hot stretch. They all pick each other up and together, it makes for a very dangerous offense.

As for the pitching, the Sox got six innings from Eduardo Rodriguez and then three innings of one-hit ball from the bullpen to close it out. With Drew Pomeranz coming back to make his first start of the season Friday against Oakland, this Red Sox rotation looks to only get stronger as the season progresses. Except for David Price's disaster against the Yankees last week, all of the starters have gone at least through six innings in their starts and have pitched extremely well. With their record now 16-2, the Sox have the best start in team history. At this point, I'm not going to worry about setting records or how many wins they finish the season with...I'm just going to enjoy the ride. I do think they should be able to pad that record and extend their streak with this next series against the dreadful A's, though I hope I didn't just jinx them now!

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