BOSTON -- First impressions of the Red Sox' 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:
The bottom third of Boston’s lineup led the offensive charge.
Brock Holt and Sandy Leon had a hand in six of Boston’s 10 runs Sunday.
Leon knocked in three runs, scoring twice himself, while Holt also scored two -- one of his runs coming off a Leon hit.
A deep, effective batting order was one of the reasons for Boston’s potent offense earlier in the year. If Holt can bring depth back to the back third like he did before his concussion, the Red Sox could be could be in line for a reawakening.
Sean O’Sullivan gave the Sox exactly what they needed.
The righty wasn’t lights out. He didn’t stifle the Angels lineup. He even got himself into a couple of jams.
But he did exactly what Rick Porcello has been doing for the Red Sox -- giving the offense a legitimate chance to win the game.
There are a few pitchers on this staff that would love to do what O’Sullivan did Sunday: Five innings, four hits, two runs, three walks, two strikeouts.
Maybe he gets the Friday start in Clay Buchholz’s place with the midweek off day coming up.
The Red Sox scoring in the seventh inning was huge.
The offense responded after Junichi Tazawa allowed the Angels to cut the lead in half. Although Boston still had the lead, the Angels had scored in back-to-back innings -- nearly taking over the game’s momentum. The hitters didn't let tham happen.
Matt Barnes has become the clear-cut fourth arm in the Red Sox bullpen.
Although he didn’t strand the inherited runners Sunday, he’s clearly the guy John Farrell is most comfortable with in those situations.
Barnes has a tendency, though to leave his fastball up in the zone, very frequently.
While that can make his 12-to-6 curveball much more effective -- which in turn also makes high fastballs that much harder to hit -- he tends to play with fire, leaving his ball up that much when it’s straight as an arrow.
If his fastball didn’t sit in the high 90s, he’d get in a lot more trouble.
Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to show why he’s the game’s best center fielder.
After one his worst misreads on a batted ball in 2016 Saturday, JBJ was back to his normal self Sunday.
The Gold Glove-caliber center fielder ended the third inning when he tracked down a long fly ball off Yunel Escobar’s bat.
Apparently Jett Bendy thought it was too deep for JBJ -- rounding third base on the fly.
The key to the inning-ending double play, however, was Bradley’s arm.
That’s something Boston hasn’t had in center field recently -- or perhaps you've forgotten Johnny Damon, Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury, to name a few recent CFs with weak arms.