After losing three straight games to the Houston Astros, the Red Sox could have easily mailed-in today’s finale. Now they head to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees. After scoring four runs in three games, the offense was nowhere to be found. Instead, the bats came alive and Boston was able to build some positive momentum before their first matchup against their rival. Thanks to an early home run by Christian Arroyo and a great start by Martin Perez, Boston avoided the sweep and beat Houston 5-1.
For three games, Boston’s top-three hitters all struggled through bad stretches. Xander Bogaerts went through a career worst 0-24 hitless streak. Rafael Devers was 2-11 without any extra-base hits. J.D. Martinez only had one hit in the series.
Today was a big shift for the trio as each collected at least one double on the day. Martinez had two doubles and scored one run, meanwhile Bogaerts also collected two hits to go along with two RBIs. Devers collected one double while drawing two walks. Boston had eight hits in total, their highest tally in the series. The big hit of the day came off the bat of Christian Arroyo, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning to give Boston the early lead.
Martin Perez had his best start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty pitched 7.2 scoreless innings while giving up only one walk and scattered six hits. It was the kind of start Boston needed given their offensive struggles in the past three games. His start also gave the bullpen a much-needed day of rest. Adam Ottavino needed only five pitches to finish the eighth and Brandon Workman was able to pitch the ninth in his first game back with Boston.
Boston Builds Momentum Against New York
While it’s hard to put a lot of importance on a single game in the season, this will be the game people see as a turning point if the Sox win their next couple series. Seeing Martinez, Bogaerts, and Devers swinging the bats will give a boost confidence going into the series against the Yankees.
Nathan Eovaldi will take the hill in the first game of the series. He is coming off one his best starts of the season where he pitched 5.1 scoreless innings against Miami while striking out seven hitters.
With the Yankees only 2.5 games behind Boston in the standings, this series provides Boston’s first chance to distance themselves from third place. Between a tight AL East race, having the ace to start the series, and the offense coming back into form, Boston will be flying into New York with plenty of energy.