Saturday, August 15, 2015

Bradley, Jr. Makes History, Sox Pummel King Felix, 22-10

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Jackie Bradley, Jr. is going to make it real difficult for the Red Sox to keep him off the 2016 roster. The 25-year old OF became the youngest player in MLB history to have five extra-base hits in a game (5 for 6 with two HRs, three doubles and seven RBIs). His average went from .203 to .250 in just a few hours. He scored every time he got on base today. Almost more importantly, The Carmine Hose won on Ben Affleck's birthday for the first time since 1997. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this back-to-back onslaught of the Mariners is that this one was against 'King' Felix Hernandez—who gave up 10 runs in just 2 1/3 innings in the eventual 22-10 win. Oh, did we mention that the Red Sox today became the first team since 1950 to score at least 15 runs and 21 hits in consecutive games? The other team to do it 65 years ago? You guessed it, the Ted Williams-era Boston Red Sox. Other offensive contributors were: Mookie Betts (3-5, 2 RBIs), Brock Holt (3-6, 2 RBIs), Xander Bogaerts (4-7, 2 RBIs), David Ortiz (3-3, 3 RBIs), and Blake Swihart (4-5, 3 RBIs). Oh, and Wade Miley pitched very effectively—seven innings, two earned runs, eight strikeouts.