BOSTON -- First impressions of Boston Red Sox' 10-9 win over the Houston Astros:
The Red Sox continue to take care of teams under .500
Boston improves to 16-7 against teams under .500. They’ve now allowed 103 runs to those teams, but scored 157 of their own through 23 games. These teams aren’t postseason contenders, but Boston can’t afford to lose against those teams if they hope to win the AL East this year.
Jackie Bradley Jr. makes an adjustment to extend the hit streak to 21 games
After both Chris Devenski and Mike Fiers got Bradley out on change-ups down in the zone, he laced a liner up that middle. The single off Fiers was almost in the same exact location as the one he’d previously gotten Bradley to groundout feebly on in the previous at-bat.
Have a day, Ryan Hanigan
Not known for his offense in any capacity, Hanigan doubled his RBI total on the season, knocking in four -- including the game-tying RBI in the seventh. He’s clearly not the fleetest of foot either. But give him credit for scoring from first on Mookie Betts’ triple -- even if it did look like he had a piano on his back.
Robbie Ross Jr. cannot throw against right-handed batters
Everything seemed under control when Ross his “Battle of the Bad Hairdos” with Colby Rasmus, but then came the right-handed batters, who had a .244 average against the lefty entering play. Naturally, runs came with it -- but of course they didn’t affect Ross’ line.
Lefties were only hitting .063 against Ross entering Sunday’s game. Although that’s a good start, the Red Sox still need him or Tommy Layne to show they can be the reliable lefty, otherwise Boston won’t have one they can truly trust form the pen.
Games like this are reasons why the Red Sox need starters 1-4 to pitch deep into games consistently
A team is asking for trouble when their starters fail to get past the fifth inning. It might be expected with Sean O’Sullivan, but the other starters need to keep relievers like Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and Ross rested for instances like Sunday. Although Ross and Hembree weren’t particularly effective, they were rested enough.
Carlos Gomez is a shell of his former self
Forget that he’s still hitting below .200, Houston’s center fielder struggled to catch fly balls in Sunday’s game. The two flies that he didn’t even make contact with wound up leading to six runs against the Astros.