Sunday, June 10, 2018

Game 65: Chicago White Sox at Red Sox (June 9, 2018)

I still had a bad taste in my mouth from the previous game as I got ready for the Sox to play this one. I had coached my son's team's final rec league game in the blazing heat in the morning and then drove an hour to watch our oldest daughter play in her travel tournament all day, so I was watching and following the Sox from the road. If they couldn't get a win against an awful White Sox team when Sale pitched out of his mind the night before, I admit I wasn't so confident that they'd win this one with David Price on the mound.



It looked like it was going to be more of the same when Price gave up two runs in the top of the first on an RBI double to Jose Abreu and a fielder's choice to Kevan Smith. JD Martinez knocked in the first Red Sox run in the bottom of the inning when he grounded into a double play but was safe at first on a throwing error which allowed Andrew Benintendi to score. Jackie Bradley tied the game in the second when he hit a solo home run and just like that, it was 2-2. It seemed to have all the makings of a sloppy, poorly pitched game on both sides, but Price clamped down and the White Sox didn't get on the board again. The tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth by (who else?) JD when he crushed his 21st homer, with Xander Bogaerts on base, to right field. JD has hit more homers this season to the opposite field than he's pulled which is remarkable and almost unheard of. That would be it for the bats in this game as the bullpen sealed the 4-2 Red Sox win.

Price's final line was six innings pitched, six strikeouts, three walks, and two runs given up on five hits. After JD's go-ahead home run, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, and Craig Kimbrel nailed down the win for the Sox. They remain a half game behind New York in the division with one more against Chicago before they start the rugged part of their schedule. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going from this one and take the final game of the series behind Rick Porcello. One more thing...is it too much to ask that the freaking Yankees lose once in a while on the days that the Red Sox win?! 

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