Mookie, Sox 21 hits overpower Jays for sweep

In what was the first series sweep of Toronto by the Red Sox since 2011, the finale was quite anticlimactic. The Sox went up against converted starter Joe Biagini who was no match for the hot Red Sox bats. Hanley Ramirez would plate Dustin Pedroia in the 1st, and in the 2nd Mookie Betts would do the same and score Tzu-Wei Lin on a single. The Jays would get their only tally of the day while the game was still competitive on a sac fly by Steve Pearce. The player of the game had to go to Mookie Betts, who hit two two run-home runs in the 4th and 6th inning to make the game 7-1. The largest inning of the day for the Red Sox was soon to come however in the 7th. The inning would start with 3 consecutive singles by Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Christian Vasquez to load the bases. Tzu-Wei Lin would strike out swinging for the first out but the offensive barrage was still to come. Up next Deven Marrero would hit a chopping ball down the right field line that would drop in and out of play for a ground rule double, scoring Ramirez and Vasquez. Mookie Betts day wasn’t over yet as he would hit a single to center that would plate Vasquez and Marrero. Andrew Benintendi would then step in and crush a double to left field and Betts would come all the way around from first and score. The middle of the lineup had come back around and Dustin Pedroia hit a ground rule double down the same right field line that Marrero had struck earlier, Benintendi would score. The score stood at a bleak 13-1 Red Sox, after a pitching swap Jeff Beliveau managed for Mitch Moreland to ground out for the second out of the inning. Hanley Ramirez would step in and put the game completely out of reach, mashing a 2 run shot into straight away center field to make the game 15-1. 4 Red Sox batters would have 3 or more hits on the day, Betts with 4, Ramirez, Bradley, Lin and Marrero with 3 respectively. Betts was the largest benefactor going 4-for-6 with 8RBIs, tying the Red Sox record for runs batted in by a leadoff hitter. Sure the offense was a key component to the win, but Sox starter Drew Pomeranz deserves major credit for his work yesterday. While the offense gave him an early lead Pomeranz posted 6 innings allowing 5 hits and the one single earned run, continuing his consistent streak of quality starts and picking up his 8th victory. Fernando Abad would pitch 3 hitless innings in relief to give the Red Sox the 15-1 victory and a sweep of Toronto for the first time in 6 years. Now the Red Sox head back south to the states for a 3 game set at Globe Life Park with the Texas Rangers. In game 1, Rick Porcello |BOS|(4-10 5.06ERA) takes on Martin Perez |TEX| (4-6 4.70ERA) (L).

THINGS TO WATCH FOR;

Rangers Starter Martin Perez is making his first start since being placed on the disabled list on June 24th. Perez was placed on the 10-day DL for a fracture and slight lacerations on his right thumb, which is on his non pitching hand. Perez made a start earlier this season against the Red Sox, lasting 6.1 innings while allowing 6 hits, and 3 earned runs in the no decision. Perez’ made 2 starts against the Red Sox last season, one of which he looked dominant going 6 innings and allowinng only 1 run and the second he lasted only 4 innings with 11 runs and 7 of them earned. Perez is putting together a solid year, but after a stint on the DL, the Rangers are seeing what they have in the 26 year old.

Sox starter Rick Porcello could be on the way to the worst season of his career. Almost halfway through this season, Porcello has been a shell of his former self. Following a Cy Young season last year, Porcellos numbers look like what they were in his first year in Boston. In 2015 he went 9-15 with a 4.92ERA and here we are 2 years later and he stands at 4-10 with a 5.06ERA, many claim during Porcellos first season he spent the first portion injured and he struggled as a result. If the Red Sox want to find themselves playing in October, Rick Porcello is one of the key cogs in the machine who needs to start to roll.

3 Red Sox players were named to the 2017 AL All-Star team. Starter Chris Sale, Closer Craig Kimbrel and Outfielder Mookie Betts were all named to the annual summer classic. Sale and Kimbrel for the 6th time in there career and Betts second. Xander Bogaerts is currently battling for the final spot and you can vote for him on MLB.com, he is well deserving of a spot in the game. Sale is 11-3 with a 2.61ERA and 166 strikeouts and could very well be the games starter, Kimbrel is also having an impressive year with a 2-0 record, 1.01ERA, 23 saves out of 24 opportunities, and 64 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. Mookie has had another fine season batting .286 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases, Betts replaced Mike Trout in the starting Outfielder spot due to Trout being injured. Bogaerts who is battling for the final spot in the All-Star Game leads the Red Sox with a .314 average, 5 homers, 39RBIs, and 9 stolen bases.

LINEUPS;

Red Sox
1 Betts RF
2 Pedroia 2B
3 Young LF
4 Ramirez DH
5 Bradley Jr (L) CF
6 Travis 1B
7 Leon (S) C
8 Marrero 3B
9 Lin (L) SS

Rangers
1 Choo (L) RF
2 Andrus SS
3 Mazara (L) LF
4 Beltre 3B
5 Odor (L) 2B
6 Napoli DH
7 Gomez CF
8 Lucroy C
9 Gallo (L) 1B




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