Sunday, April 23, 2017

Forget The Empire, Red Sox Beat New Rival O's, 6-2

(AP Photo)
Not since the completion of the transcontinental railroad has a spike had so much impact. Manny Machado's spiking of Dustin Pedroia has set off a spiral or reprisal that could get real nasty before it gets better. Today, with the Red Sox "comfortably" ahead 6-0, Matt Barnes unleashed a pitch very close to Machado's head—that ironically only hit his bat for a strike. But the bad blood began to boil again. This sideshow overshadow the re-emergence of Boston's power offense, as they launched three HRs in the eventual 6-2 win. Mookie Betts (3-run HR), Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland (both solo shots) accounted for five of the six runs—and Andrew Benintendi had the other RBI in the midst of his monster 5-5 game. Eduardo Rodriguez pretty much shut down his old club—going six solid innings, giving up just one hit and striking out seven (although he also walked five).