Friday, April 27, 2018

J.D. 'Martinizes' Ball, Hangs Jays Out To Dry Clean, Sox Take Series Finale, 5-4

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This is the kind of impact we expected from J.D. Martinez. With the Red Sox down, their new acquisition launched an opposite-field, three-run home run to ultimately propel the team to a 5-4 victory and series win. This gave a less-than-awesome Chris Sale his second win of the year. The lefty went six innings, giving up three earned runs, walking an uncharacteristic two and striking out only four. With one notable exception (this means you, Carson Smith), the bullpen finished things off—with Craig Kimbrel notching his seventh save. The offense was augmented by a previously slumping Andrew Benintendi—who went 2-4, scored a run and knocked one in. Hanley Ramirez was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Back to Fenway Park tonight.