Saturday, August 11, 2018

Red Sox Party In Baltimore Like It's 1912—Beat-Up Birds, 19-12 On Three HRs

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In 1912, the Red Sox won their second World Series championship—it should have been their third, but the New York Giants refused to play the 1904 AL Champion Red Sox in the Fall Classic (can you say forfeit?). Speaking of 1912, that was the score in last night's slugfest at Camden Yards—Red Sox 19, Orioles 12. The Red Sox jumped ahead 3-0 on Xander Bogaerts' HR blast in the first inning. But Nathan Eovaldi could not repeat his first two Red Sox starts—getting shelled for eight runs (four earned) in just 2.2 innings. Anyway, down by five runs later in the game (8-3), Boston crept closer with two in the fourth (a Jackie Bradley, Jr. triple mixed in) and then put up a six-run sixth inning—including five walks and a Brock Holt HR. That wasn't quite enough, though, as Andrew Benintendi clouted a three-run HR in the seventh and then The Carmine Hose scored five more runs in the eighth. This one was just silly, with Mookie Betts going 3-4 with 3 RBIs, J.D. Martinez going 2-5 with two more RBIs (now with a sick MLB-leading 101), and Holt going 3-4 with 3 RBIs. Even Dan Butler contributed—with a single that kept the 6th inning rally going after the Holt jack. This was a weird win—which again exposed Boston's pitching instability, as Red Sox hurlers gave up a total of 17 hits. As the cherry on top of the sundae, The Evil Ones fell to Texas—re-establishing Boston's lead in the AL East to nine full games.