Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sox Miss Extra-Points, Hold Orioles to Field Goal, Get Win Number 107, 19-3

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The box score for this game should accompany the dictionary definition of "laugher". The Red Sox notched their 107th win with a "rocking-chair", 19-3 drubbing of the hapless Orioles. Boston jumped out early with five runs in the first—three on a double by Rafael Devers. Speaking of your playoff third-baseman, the 21-year-old only went 4-5 on the day with two solo HRs (one Teddy Ballgame-like deep into the bleachers) and six RBIs. Xander Bogaerts had four RBIs on two hits—including his 22nd HR. The Red Sox shortstop now has 100 RBIs on the season. J.D. Martinez collected his 42nd HR—and his 3-5 day got his RBI total to 127. Andrew Benintendi went 3-6 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. We can't mention all the damage (a 22-hit barrage that set the season record)—we'd run out of ink. Oh yeah, and Mookie Betts stole his 30th base to become only the second Red Sox player to reach the 30-30 level (the other was Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011). Lost in the offensive shuffle is the fact that David Price got his 16th win of the year (after a horrible 2nd inning), ultimately going five innings and yielding three earned runs. Unfortunately for the Birds, Game Two of the day-night double-header starts at 7:05 PM—against Chris Sale.