Monday, 20 August, 2018

Red Sox are finally digging the long ball again

Red Sox's Mookie Betts heads to second on his two-run double during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers in Arlington Texas on Thursday Red Sox are finally digging the long ball again
Eugene Bates | 04 May, 2018, 14:18

Price's ERA jumped to 5.11 and his WHIP moved to 1.41. The over is also 8-3 in the Rangers' last 12 home games versus a left-handed starter, 5-0-1 in their last six games overall, and is 5-1-1 in their last seven games against the American League East. It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts.

"It was more of just thinking about putting it in play versus driving (the ball with two strikes)", Betts said. "He hit.400 one year". "He hit.400 in a year and did a whole bunch of things I haven't done. Just to know my name is amongst his is pretty cool". Price has lost back to back games where he has allowed ten runs on 17 hits over 13.1 innings.

With the bottom of the order struggling (1 for 9 between the last three hitters on Wednesday), the Red Sox aren't able to fully profit on Betts' ability to drive in runs. "It's more surprising, kind of, to everybody else". "Fastball, cutter, changeup, that's what I did really well, and in my last two starts I have not commanded the baseball the way that I did in four out of those first five".

Betts' historical accomplishment transcends the history of the Red Sox.

Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Atlanta Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb and beat the New York Mets.

CLEVELAND - Edwin Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping the Indians to the runaway win.

The Boston Red Sox starter has had a tough run of form lately, dropping his last three outings after surrendering nine runs (seven earned) in an 11-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. Yu Darvish (0-3) got tagged for six runs - five earned - and seven hits over 41/3 innings.

Statcast had J.D. Martinez's running grab in the second inning as his first ever five-star catch and at a 21-percent catch probability, per MLB.com's Ian Browne. "He continued to grind it out and gave us everything he had".

He ultimately finished the game having logged 3 2/3 innings of work, allowing four hits with as many strikeouts while surrendering an unearned run.

Fernando Romero won his major league debut by scattering four hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Twins' 4-0 shutout of the Blue Jays.

Minor has enjoyed extended rest prior to each of his past five starts, but on Thursday will be working on five days' rest for just the second time.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsTexas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos hits a double in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Minor did not record a start against the Red Sox in 2017.

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