Friday, July 13, 2018

Epic Mookie At-Bat Results In Grand Slam, Red Sox Rally Past Blue Jays, 6-4

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Memo to John Henry: Sign Mookie Betts long-term now. No excuses: empty your wallet, dump your boring foreign soccer team, lose the NASCAR dalliance if you have to. Hell, sell the Boston Globe and NESN for all we care—just sign him! The Red Sox right-fielder battled left-hander J.A. Happ (rumored to be going to the Bronx) in a 13-pitch at-bat before launching a low fastball over the Monster for a grand slam in Boston's 6-4 win over Toronto. This was a moment that will live in the memories of Red Sox fans for decadesit was that good. An excited Betts (who had five RBIs in the game) danced around the bases with more emotion than we've ever seen from him before. Almost as an aside, David Price re-bounded from a tough first inning (giving up a two-run HR) to deliver a solid start—going 6.2 innings and yielding three earned runs. The lefty struck out eight Blue Jays for his tenth win of the year. Jackie Bradley, Jr. continued his offensive resurgence—going 2-2 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored. The win kept Boston 3.5 games up on The Evil Ones in the American League East. With 66 wins, Boston boasts the most victories ever by a team prior to the All-Star Break—with three more to play. They have also won ten straight games and are the only MLB team to have scored more than 500 runs (512).