Following the series in Oakland, the now 54-32 Red Sox beat the Angels in a 5-4 thriller last night. Now, the Red Sox look to keep rolling in Anaheim and to take the series. Boston is currently 9-1 in their last ten games, and look to keep climbing on the AL East. They currently have the best record in baseball, with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them with 53 wins. Last night’s sweet victory further proved that the Red Sox are the team to beat in 2021. As we near the half way point of the season, it seems as though this team can go all the way.
The Red Sox had quite the battle against Oakland over the weekend. The first game ended with a 3-2 victory that lasted until the 10th inning. Kike Hernandez’s single that drove in Michael Chavis sealed the deal for Boston in that game. The second game also went into extras, as Oakland came on top 7-6 in the 12th inning of play. Sunday’s finale was a battle of the pitching staff. Nick Pivetta, who earned his 7th win of the season, went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and struck out 10. The lone run came in the 6th inning, when Alex Verdugo scored on a double play. The final for the game was 1-0, and Matt Barnes picked up his 19th save of the season.
The Red Sox Look To Keep Rolling In Anaheim
Last night proved to be a great game for Boston. The 5-4 victory at Angels Stadium was led by Christian Arroyo’s home run in the second, and Martin Perez’s pitching performance. Boston’s offense got off to a strong start, between home runs by Arroyo and Rafael Devers, as well as hits from Danny Santana and Marwin Gonzalez. The Angels also learned why nobody runs on the Red Sox, as Danny Santana got the Red Sox’s 27th outfield assist of the season with a clean throw to Christian Vazquez to nab Jose Rojas at the plate in the 5th inning. Adam Ottavino earned his 7th save of the season, and the Red Sox won 5-4.
Tuesday night’s game will be the battle of the American League All Stars. Nathan Eovaldi, who was elected to his first All-Star game, will have the ball for Boston. The Angels will have Shohei Ohtani on the mound, who was also elected to his first All Star game as a pitcher and a DH. Eovaldi will be looking for win number 10 on the season. His last time out earned him win number 9 against the Royals. Last time out for Ohtani was a short 0.2 inning outing against the Yankees.
Wednesday afternoon’s finale will have Eduardo Rodriguez vs Andrew Heaney. Rodriguez got the no decision last time out against Oakland, where he went 6 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 6 batters. He will be looking for his 7th win of the season. Heaney will be looking to bounce back after a rocky outing against the Yankees, where he got the loss after only 3 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 7 earned runs, while having 4 strikeouts. Heaney is currently 4-6 on the season, with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games.
It’s Sho Time In Anaheim
Angels two way sensation, Shohei Ohtani, is turning heads in Major League Baseball. The 27-year-old pitcher and designated hitter was selected to the American League All-Star Game by the fans as a designated hitter last week. Over the weekend, Major League Baseball announced that Ohtani will also be an All-Star as a pitcher. He will be the first player to be an All-Star as both a pitcher and a batter.
The Japanese native currently has 31 home runs on the season, which leads both the American League and the National League. Right now, he is 22 home runs away from his 100th career home run. As a pitcher, he is 3-1 on the season with a 3.60 ERA in 12 games. Last night against Boston, Ohtani went 1-5 as the designated hitter. Boston batters will be facing him tonight, as he he scheduled to pitch against Nathan Eovaldi.
Ohtani made his Major League debut on March 29th, 2018 against the Oakland A’s. He was a designated hitter in the game, and recorded his first Major League hit. His first start as a pitcher came a few days later, on April 1st, also against the A’s. Ohtani went 6 innings in the game, and earned his first Major League win. Prior to coming to the United States, he played for Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He was with the Ham Fighters for five seasons before signing with the Angels in December 2017.