Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sox Smack Jays, 10-5, Secure 81st Win; Guaranteed At Least A .500 Season

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There were a lot of good things that happened in Boston's 81st win of the year—a 10-5 smackdown of the lowly Jays. Brian Johnson pitched a season-high seven innings—staying in the game a bit too long in the last frame to ultimately yield five earned runs. Nevertheless, his overall effectiveness (along with the imminent return of Eduardo Rodriguez) calls into question whether Drew Pomeranz will ever see a starting nod again. The 12-hit offense was powered by a bevy of Carmine Hose: Rafael Devers (2-4, 2-run HR); Andrew Benintendi (2-2, 2BB, RBI, R); J.D. Martinez (3-4, RBI, R); Xander Bogaerts (2B, 2BB, 3 RBIs) and Sandy Leon (1-4, 2R). Ryan Brasier and Joe Kelly delivered an inning each of scoreless relief. The win guarantees a .500 season for Boston—even if they lose every remaining game on the schedule. It also preserves a full nine-game edge over The Evil Ones in the AL East.