It appears as though Mother Nature has found the only way to stop the Red Sox this season: rain them out. The mid-Atlantic has been receiving rain of biblical proportions over the past week which affected the first two games of this series with severe rain delays. For the series finale, David Price was on the mound to try and help the Sox get the win, and it looked like he was well on his way before the weather had other ideas.
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There's not a lot to write about this game although there was a lot of action for the Red Sox. Andrew Benintendi ripped a solo homer in the top of the first and was followed by JD Martinez who did the same. With a 2-0 lead heading into the second, the Sox piled on some more when Mookie Betts clubbed a three run shot in the second inning. Boston had raced to a 5-0 lead and looked like they were going to run away with the game and series before the rain dashed those hopes. After yet another rain delay in Baltimore, the game was called and just like that POOF those home runs were erased. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 11th. The good news for the Sox was that the Yankees lost so even though they didn't get the game in they picked up a half game in the standings; they're now 5.5 games ahead in first place. The Sox will begin a new homestand tonight against the Minnesota Twins with Brian Johnson on the mound so I'm looking for them to continue their winning ways as they march through this next week in preparation for a big series with the Yankees starting next Thursday.
(One last bit of news: the Red Sox yesterday traded prospect Jalen Beeks to Tampa Bay for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. This will give the back of the rotation some much-needed depth with Wright still out and Pomeranz a complete trainwreck. Still, I'd like to see some middle relief or infield help before the deadline if possible. Let's see if Dave Dombrowski can pull any other moves off before then. )