A Home Run Derby in Baltimore

After winning the last two games at home, the Red Sox went to Baltimore looking to add onto the win streak. That’s just what they did. The line up in the first game went to work early, and dished out a 13-2 victory. Brock Holt’s two run home run sparked a mini home run derby for Boston. In total, the Red Sox hit six home runs.

Between strong pitching, and heavy hitting, Boston swept Baltimore at Camden Yards.home run derby The line up added onto the home run total, hitting a total of nine home runs. JD Martinez hit three home runs, and overtook the team lead with 16 altogether. With the sweep, the Red Sox have now won five games in a row! They now move onto Target Field and the Twins.

Game One’s Home Run Derby Leads Boston to Victory

After splitting the series against Texas at Fenway, the Red Sox looked to do some damage in Baltimore. After being down 1-0, Brock Holt responded with a two run home run in the second inning. This sparked a great rally by Boston bats. A total of six home runs, and a strong start by Eduardo Rodriguez led Boston to a wild win.

Christian Vazquez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, while Martinez hit a two run home run shortly after. Jackie Bradley Jr. joined in on the fun in the fifth, with a two run home run. The AL Rookie of the Year hopeful Michael Chavis also hit a two run shot in the same inning. JD Martinez, being JD, hit another home run as well.

Eduardo Rodriguez, looking for his seventh win, went seven innings, allowing six hits and one earned run. He also struck out four. The bullpen did their part as well, with solid innings by Travis Lakins and Josh Smith.

A Pitcher’s Duel in Game Two

Chris Sale got the start for Boston as they were looking to continue their hot streak. After a silent five innings, Boston punched a hole in the runs column, scoring three in the sixth inning. Xander Bogaerts run scoring double put the Sox up 1-0. From there, Brock Holt scored Bogaerts with a single, and a costly error by Baltimore scored Holt. JD Martinez also contributed with his team leading 16th home run in the seventh inning to solidify the home run derby.

With Sale dominating on the mound, Boston’s lead was pretty safe. Sale pitched six innings, allowing two runs while striking out ten. Four more runs by Boston will allow them to win 7-2, and Sale to pick up win number three. Marcus Walden, Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman did great out of the bullpen. The three men pitched the remainder of the game, allowing two hits, and striking out five to seal the deal.

The Sunday Finale vs The Orioles

This win was a little tougher to get, as Boston edged out Baltimore 8-6. The game did go into the tenth, but late inning home runs by Marco Hernandez and Rafael Devers led Boston to victory.

Brian Johnson got the start for the Red Sox on Sunday. He pitched three innings, allowing one run and striking out two. This was his first start off the injured list, so Cora and company didn’t want to push him too much. The bullpen took over from there, with Brandon Workman getting the win, his fifth of the season.

Probably the most impressive part of the game was the five run tenth inning. After Hernandez tied it in the ninth with his first home run of the season, Boston scored five in the tenth. This was led by Devers’ mammoth home run-a 458 foot shot-to lead it off.

Boston Looks to Continue the Streak in Minnesota

Rick Porcello has the ball in game one against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins, who are 47-23, took two out of three against the Kansas City Royals at home. Also this past weekend the Twins retired long time catcher Joe Mauer’s number 7. Mauer, who retired after last season, was a home grown Twin. He spent fifteen seasons in the Twin City, winning the AL MVP Award in 2009. Near the end of his career, Mauer played first base and DH’ed.

David Ortiz Needs to Stop Complaining

David OrtizDavid Ortiz is one of the faces of MLB and has been a true hero in Boston Red Sox history, with clutch hit after clutch hit and a great personality for the major market. However, it is time for “Big Papi” to grow up and stop complaining about scoring decisions! It makes him look like a non-team player even though he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

He might have tied the game 1-1 with a solo shot in the tenth, but enough is enough already.

On Wednesday afternoon, after Joe Mauer bobbled a hot liner into the shift that allowed Ortiz to reach at first, the scorekeeper scored it as an error. The DH career hits leader looked up in the press box area and gave the scorer a thumbs down after Mike Napoli hit into an inning-ending double play.

Now, sending an appeal to the MLB offices to turn an error to a hit after a game is one thingthe 38-year-old did so in a game in which he broke up a no-hitter against Yu Darvish on a bloop that was dropped in the outfieldand is the right way to change scoring decisions. Many players do it, but it seems as if no one is more vocal about it than Ortiz.

This is already the third time in recent memory that we have heard about Ortiz complaining and demanding a scoring change. Back in 2011, he barged in on a Terry Francona press conference and demanded that he get a RBI. Sure, it was a contract year and the team was not doing well off the cusp of a World Series win, but he should’ve waited until after the game was over and not worry so much about the individual aspects of the game.

Ortiz might be the most lovable. popular athlete in Boston right now, but if he keeps up these antics, then even clubbing 30 more home runs this year might not save him from the public backlashing that whining about singles and RBI could bring upon the All-Star.