Game 62: Detroit Tigers at Red Sox (June 6, 2018)

Sixty-two games down, one hundred to go. Can you believe it? I can't. When I came up with this crazy idea to write a game recap and season diary for every Red Sox game this season, I swore to myself that I'd do it for as long as I could but also added the caveat that it may very well peter out after a certain point due to how busy I was or how much my desire waned. I'm happy to say that I haven't missed a single game and I'm as excited as ever by this team and the season they're having. Here's to the next hundred games...and hopefully beyond!

After returning home from my business trip late yesterday afternoon, it was good to spend time with my family...even after only three days, I'd missed them so much. My wife and I then went to watch our oldest daughter's practice for her new travel team and then it was time to watch the Sox. I was expecting another good outing of Eduardo Rodriguez and he didn't let me down (although I wish he could go deeper into games), but what really pleased me was how the offense, still missing Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia, continued to roll. The Tigers got on the board first when former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias drove in Jacoby Jones to make it 1-0 Detroit, but that was the only run they'd get as the rest of this game was all Red Sox. Christian Vazquez had a big night, driving in the first run for Boston on a double in the third. The red hot Andrew Benintendi drove in Vazquez with a double of his own which was followed by Xander Bogaerts doubling to drive in Benintendi and Jackie Bradley. Just like that the Sox were up 4-1, but they weren't finished. Benintendi hit his tenth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fifth while Vazquez struck again with his own solo homer in the seventh. Sam Travis finished off the scoring for the Sox in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to drive in Mitch Moreland. The seven runs were plenty for Rodriguez who went 5.2 innings on 107 pitches, striking out five and only walking one. The bullpen took care of the rest and the Sox cruised to the easy 7-1 win. Benintendi and Bogaerts going off in this one weren't the surprise; that would be Christian Vazquez and it was nice to see him have a big night. If he can keep it going and Sandy Leon continues to stay hot, the bottom of the Sox order (along with the resurgent Bradley) will be dangerous. Rafael Devers also seemed to break out of his weeks-long slump, going 2-4 with a run scored. 

While the win was the fourth straight for the Sox and they have the best record in the majors at 43-19, the infernal Yankees also won so the Sox lead in the division stayed at one game. The margin for error in this division is going to be so slim that I predict all it's going to take is for one team to go on a small losing streak of 3-4 games for the lead to open up. Hopefully it will be Boston who expands that lead because whoever finishes second in this division is going to be a Wild Card with a better record than the other two AL division winners.

And now, onward to the next one hundred games!