Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hanley Ramirez Catapults Sox Back Into First Place, 11-7

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OK, which do you want first—the good news or the bad news? Bad news? Of course, you're Red Sox fans! New rotation "stud" Drew Pomeranz was anything but on Wednesday night—going just three plus innings and giving up five earned runs. It was a clear disappointment, and a shocking realization that Boston had given up one of the game's top pitching prospects (Anderson Espinoza) for what could be a big question mark. OK, now the good news. Hanley Ramirez is red-hot! Last night he clobbered three two-run HRs (#s 9, 10, & 11—one to each field) in Boston's 11-7 slugfest win over the Giants (who have still never won at Fenway since they moved to San Francisco). Ramirez drove in six of Boston's eleven runs and raised his average to .285. Mookie Betts also had three hits, while Sandy 'Babe' Leon continued his offensive surge—going 2-4 with two RBIs (along with his 3rd HR of the year). The win propelled the Red Sox back into first place in the American League East after The Evil Ones beat Baltimore.