Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rookie Resurgence Continues, Red Sox Win, 8-3

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
This trend could get habit-forming. Another Red Sox rookie took charge last night and led Boston to a convincing 8-3 victory over the new-look Houston Astros. New backstop Christian Vazquez went 3-4—including two doubles and three RBIs—helping John Lackey to his 10th win of the season. Lackey went six innings giving up just two earned runs—although he struggled with his control. Other key rookie contributions came from Brock 'Babe' Holt (double, triple, RBI) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (two more hits). We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that non-rookie David Ortiz drove in three runs with a sixth-inning double. But the really big news is that, for the second consecutive game, Stephen Drew was intentionally walked. Signs and wonders.