Monday, May 28, 2018

Benintendi And J. D. Martinez Go Yard, Propel Red Sox Over Blue Jays, 8-3

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Andrew Benintendi launched an opposite-field three-run HR—and fell a double short of the cycle—in Boston's 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Although June is right around the corner, this is New England—so the game-time temperature was a chilly 53 degrees. David Price 'weathered' the elements fairly well—going five innings and giving up just two earned runs on four hits. His control was not too sharp, however—as he walked four and struck out four on 95 pitches. J.D. Martinez clouted his MLB (and Mookie)-tying 17th homerun—a 'monster' shot that went over everything in left field. Also contributing offensively were: Rafael Devers (2-4, R) and Jackie Bradley, Jr. (1-3, 2 RBIs, R, BB). JBJ also made the highlight reel defensive play of the game in CF (see accompanying photo)—with an honorable mention to emergency right-fielder Brock Holt. Boston's win, coupled with The Empire's defeat, moves the Red Sox into a full two-game lead on the Yankees in the AL East.