Red Sox’s Sick Return, As Do Runs
The Red Sox have recovered in more ways than one. A finally healthy Boston ball-club trounced the Baltimore Orioles last night 8-1 in the first of a two-game series. Though most of the game had been tight, a few error-laden innings of misthrows and ball drops were all the Red Sox needed to get a much needed win over a division rival.
As it turned out, not only were the Orioles hapless offensively as needed, but defensively as well. The turbulent seventh started in the 7th with a fly ball to outfielder Jonathon Schoop– which neither he nor two other O’s could catch-and opened the door for three more runs, followed by another three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The 8-1 victory was an indispensable relief for starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz as well. Doubts swirled around him as he came to Boston damaged. He struggled to rebuild himself in the winter, and started the season with a loss. But last night’s outing was stark yet shining, as Pomeranz struck out six and only walked one.
“I was feeling really good today,” Pomeranz said. “Figured out some things mechanically, timing wise, things I’ve been searching for all of spring and it finally all came together.”
Pomeranz was not by far the other redemption story of the night. A week ago, a good chunk of the Sox were pulled from the lineup due to either a nasty bout of flu going around or to a death in the family. The circle of the missing included Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts, and Matt Barnes. By week’s end, Andrew Benintendi (briefly) and Jackie Bradley Jr. joined the list. The Red Sox starting line up was dotted with minor league call-ups in the first week of the 2017 season.
Monday, though, the air of promise that Opening Week usually brings had returned. Betts, Ramirez, Benintendi, Bogaerts, and Barnes were back in the game. It was as if the Red Sox were picking up where they left off, before illness. Still, the Sox will have to climb out of third-place, but if they keep playing like they did last night, it may not take long.