Monday, April 9, 2018

Game 9: Tampa Bay Rays at Red Sox (April 8, 2018)

What a comeback! I didn't get to watch a single minute of this game because I was coaching my son's travel team in a doubleheader, but I followed the updates on my phone and watched highlights when I got home. After falling behind early, including a five run hole, the Red Sox managed to come back from a 7-2 deficit and scored six in the bottom of the eighth to capture their eighth straight win, 8-7. However, the game wasn't without some bad news as Xander Bogaerts left the game with an ankle injury after trying to corral an errant JD Martinez throw that almost ended up in the dugout. If Xander is out for an extended period of time, it will be a big blow to the Sox. Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin are serviceable utility infielders, but not two guys you want to get extended time if it can be avoided (especially with their bats). I do have to say that while I know it's early, I haven't been overly impressed with Martinez so far. His hitting has been inconsistent and the power has been non-existent. Judging by his atrocious throw which inadvertently caused Xander's injury, his defense is as much of a liability as I thought it would be when the Sox signed him. I didn't understand the logic of wanting him to play in the outfield when we have one of the best defensive outfields in the league with Benintendi, Bradley, and Betts. My hope was that JD would play almost exclusively DH, but for whatever reason Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski want Martinez to get a significant amount of outfield time. I'm hoping that yesterday will have them rethinking that (and also hoping that Xander recovers quickly!).

In the meantime, that's eight wins in a row for the Sox and a day off before a series with the Yankees starts tomorrow. With the Sox on a roll and the Yankees scuffling, it'll hopefully be a good one!

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