Thursday, August 15, 2019

Red Sox Cobble Together A 'Victory By Committee', Defeat Tito's Tribe, 5-1

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With no true starter available (not exactly a big loss this year), Red Sox manager Alex Cora sent out a bevy of bullpen arms to take on the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. "Opener" Brian Johnson was just fine—going 2.2 innings and giving up just one un-earned run. He was followed by Marcus Walden, Darwinzon Hernandez, Josh Taylor, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Cashner and Brandon Workmanwho together delivered 6.1 scoreless innings (and just two hits). On the offensive side, wunderkind Rafael Devers extended his consecutive hit streak to eight—including his 25th home run of the year. Devers now leads the league in RBIs with 94. Also delivering was Xander Bogaerts—who homered twice (4 RBIs total)—including a three-run shot after Tito walked Devers ahead of the Red Sox shortstop. The win moves Boston to 7.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card. Amazingly, The Carmine Hose are one of only two teams in MLB with over 700 runs scored.